Indian Army and Kashmir have had a rather tumultuous relationship. For Indian Army, they were meant to save Kashmir, whether in 1947, or in 1990. But sadly, thanks to the Goebbels propaganda of the intellectual terrorists, the Indian Army has been portrayed to the innocent Kashmiris as descendants of tyrants, born rapists who ogle at the Kashmiri women. Supported by certified idiots like Kanhaiya Kumar, the intellectual terrorists have systematically and maliciously defamed the Army Men, indirectly supporting the cause of the terrorists, who exactly wanted the same.
However, one love story stands out among this slugfest. A love story that transcends all borders, and traditions, and shows the humane side of the Indian Army. Unlike what the left wing morons claim to, Indian Army has never forgotten to spread the message of humanity in Kashmir, even in the most devilish of the circumstances. One such example is the love story of a Kargil War Hero, whose incessant love gave a beautiful girl a new lease of life, and made him a hero with a heart. This hero is Captain Vijayant Thapar, and this is his love story.
Unlike the rough and tough heroes of the Kargil War, like Manoj Pandey or Vikram Batra, Vijayant Thapar was left behind in the books of history. Serving the nation ran in his blood. A devout patriot, he was born to a beaming Colonel (Retd.) V.N. Thapar, on Sunday, 26th December 1976, Vijayant was a maverick right from the start. Even though he did not like studies much, he was an excellent student. He studied at Tara Hall, St. Mary’s Academy (Meerut), St. Joseph’s Academy, and completed his schooling from Dayanand Anglo Vedic School, Chandigarh. He graduated from Khalsa College, Delhi University, and cracking the Combined Defence Services Exam in flying colors, he entered the prestigious Indian Miltary Academy in late 1996.
Even at IMA, Vijayant aka Robin was a star. He not only won a gold medal in water polo, but also clinched a silver medal at IMA for being the second best cadet in the whole batch. He was commissioned into the Indian Army on Saturday, 12th December 1998. Initially working for the Rajputana Rifles at Gwalior, the 2nd battalion, where he was commissioned, soon moved to Kupwara. It is here that this soldier’s love story began, with a cute Kashmiri girl, Rukhsana.
Before anyone takes it otherwise, let it be made clear, that Rukhsana was then just a six year old girl. Her parents were brutally murdered by the Salafi terrorists in a murderous assault, and Rukhsana, shell shocked, turned into a living corpse, unable to react, unable to speak.
Chance brought her to the attention of the Captain Vijayant Thapar, who met Rukhsana at her village school, and was deeply moved by her tale.
He tried his best, initially met with failures, but ultimately he brought the chirpy Rukhsana back. Along with his faithful helper, Sepoy Jagmal Singh Shekhawat, he used to find time from his grueling schedule, and would meet Rukhsana every evening, bringing sweets and toffees for her. He took care of her like his own child, and this love story could have been a mighty example of the benevolence of Indian Army, had Kargil War not played villain here.
Cut to 1999. Kargil War has begun. The 2nd Rajputana Rifles, led by Colonel M.B. Ravindranathan, has been called to the assistance of the 18 Grenadiers battalion, who have sustained heavy casualties in their initial assaults to reclaim the peak of Tololing. With his best friend, and company commander, Major Padmapani Acharya, Captain Vijayant Thapar did his duty well, reclaiming the Tololing peak for India. Unfortunately, he never returned, and died fighting at the Knoll Complex, an ugly mountain sandwiched between Tiger Hill and Tololing, on the dark night of Tuesday, 29th June 1999. He was only 22 when he gave his life for the honor of the motherland. Before dying, he wrote a final letter to his parents, saying that he would be watching them from the skies, by the time they read his letter.
In his last letter, he did not forget Rukhsana at all, and asked his parents to contribute Rs. 50 to her every month (in those days, Rs. 50 mattered a lot). The bereaved parents duly followed this last wish of his, and a decade later, personally met Rukhsana, who owes her life to Captain Vijayant. Today, she can read and write, and speak Kashmiri, English and Urdu, as per the statements of parents of Captain Vijayant Thapar. They even gave Rukhsana a mobile phone to stay in touch with them. According to Col. V.N. Thapar, their son lives in Rukhsana’s eyes, heart and her mind.
What is to learn from this? We should know that above being the cold hearted killing machines, soldiers are humans too. The way the cruel left winged intellectual terrorists have hounded the Indian Army, accusing them of being rapists and molesters in Kashmir, is something that cannot be condemned, even with the most deplorable of the abuses in hand. After reading Captain Vijayant’s story, my belief in the humane side of the Indian Army has just strengthened. Many might joke on this, but I literally wept bitterly after reading his tale. Captain Vijayant Thapar needs an honorable mention in the hearts of the Indian youth. This is a humble attempt from my side. Let the secular idiots crib on intolerance. We have enough heroes to be proud of, and worth emulating their ideals. Captain Vijayant ‘Robin’ Thapar is certainly one of such heroes. His cute love story is also one to be emulated, so that India, and our beautiful Kashmir, becomes a beautiful abode to live in.