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Introduction of Indian Army:
The Indian Army is the land-based branch and the largest component of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Army, and its professional head is the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), who is a four-star general. Two officers have been conferred with the rank of field marshal, a five-star rank, which is a ceremonial position of great honour. The Indian Army originated from the armies of the East India Company, which eventually became the British Indian Army, and the armies of the princely states, which were merged into the national army after independence. The units and regiments of the Indian Army have diverse histories and have participated in a number of battles and campaigns around the world, earning many battle and theatre honours before and after Independence.
The primary mission of the Indian Army is to ensure national security and national unity, to defend the nation from external aggression and internal threats, and to maintain peace and security within its borders. It conducts humanitarian rescue operations during natural calamities and other disturbances, such as Operation Surya Hope, and can also be requisitioned by the government to cope with internal threats. It is a major component of national power, alongside the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force. The army has been involved in four wars with neighbouring Pakistan and one with China. Other major operations undertaken by the army include Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot, and Operation Cactus. The army has conducted large peace time exercises such as Operation Brasstacks and Exercise Shoorveer, and it has also been an active participant in numerous United Nations peacekeeping missions, including those in Cyprus, Lebanon, Congo, Angola, Cambodia, Vietnam, Namibia, El Salvador, Liberia, Mozambique, South Sudan, and Somalia.
The Indian Army is operationally and geographically divided into seven commands, with the basic field formation being a division. Below the division level are permanent regiments that are responsible for their own recruiting and training. The army is an all-volunteer force and comprises more than 80% of the country's active defence personnel. It is the largest standing army in the world, with 1,237,117 active troops and 960,000 reserve troops. The army has embarked on an infantry modernisation program known as Futuristic Infantry Soldier As a System (F-INSAS), and is also upgrading and acquiring new assets for its armoured, artillery, and aviation branches.
LIFE OF COMMANDER MITHRAN, GENERAL ARAVINTH, CAPTAIN SATHYAVEER AND MAJOR RATHNAM RAO[In Indian Army]:
Indian Army follows strict rules and regulations. There are trainings, strict timings and strict regulations. No one is allowed to go outside the Army to meet anyone. Secrecy is strictly maintained.
Today it's May 4, 1999. Commander Mithran in his army uniforms goes to meet his Senior Lieutnant Raghava.
"Commander Mithran reporting you sir" said Mithran. He sees General Aravinth and gets shocked to see him. Even, he is shocked to see Mithran in the army.
"Mithran. He is your senior officer" said Raghava.
"Commander Mithran reporting sir" said Mithran.
Aravinth looked silent. Mithran, Aravinth and two more officers Sathyaveer and Rathnam Rao are asked to go for Kargil. Today, their mission is to prepare themselves ready for fighting Kargil war.
Mithran and Aravinth didn't talk. Aravinth's attempts to talk with Mithran failed. Mithran writes a few events in his diary where he describes, "I could have not come to this place, if Pakistani army have not occupied Kargil on February 1999."
He describes it in his diary...
Occupation by Pakistan:
During February 1999, the Pakistan Army sent forces to occupy some posts on the Indian side of the LOC. Troops from the elite Special Services Group as well as four to seven battalions. of the Northern Light Infantry (a paramilitary regiment not part of the regular Pakistani army at that time) covertly and overtly set up bases on 132 vantage points of the Indian-controlled region.According to some reports, these Pakistani forces were backed by Kashmiri guerrillas and Afghan mercenaries.
According to General Ved Malik(Pakistani Army), the bulk of the infiltration occurred in April.
Pakistani intrusions took place in the heights of the lower Mushkoh Valley, along the Marpo La ridgeline in Dras, in Kaksar near Kargil, in the Batalik sector east of the Indus River, on the heights above of the Chorbat La sector where the LOC turns North and in the Turtuk sector south of the Siachen area.
(Diary gets finished by Mithran.)
"Pakistan never fears to tell lies and indulge in wars" said Mithran to Rathnam Rao.
"I don't know whether we would go alive from this war, Mithran. I have a two year old baby" said Rathnam Rao.
"For me, my wife Janani is 6 months pregnant Mithran. She would be waiting. My only regret is that, if I die, I won't be able to see my unborn child" said Captain Sathyaveer.
Mithran feels heartbroken and again writes a few incidents in his diary, recalling them which happened in the periods of 1997 and 1998 during his college days, near to Coimbatore district.
1997: Life of Mithran and Aravinth:-
Mithran and Aravinth are inseparable close friends since childhood days. Mithran hailed from an upper-class brahmin background. He had been raised by his grandparents Eshwaram and Brinda. After the birth of Mithran's younger sister Mahima, his parents died due to health ailments.
Mithran took care of his sister with lots of love and affection. Aravinth similarly, hails from rich family background. But, different caste. He hails from a Kong vellalar family. His family members are all from Army background and served as officers, since British periods.
Aravinth and his younger sister Anjali had been raised by his grandfather Padmanabham after his father died in Indian Army.
Aravinth and Mithran became close friends after Mithran saves him and his sister from a running river water. Caste domination is higher during the periods of 1999.
There would be frequent clashes either between two upper castes or between lower and upper caste people.
Mithran however, is a secularist. He doesn't believe either in caste politics or about caste ideologies. He treats everyone equally, which irks his grandfather.
Since, he hates other caste people and considers Brahmins to be dominating and further claims to maintain high standards of moral values.
On the other hand, Aravinth treats everyone equally. But, he is quite opposite in terms of marriage. He sees casteism and orthodox beliefs in marriage system and hates inter-caste love marriages, fearing for his grandfather.
Years later, Aravinth, Mithran and their respective sisters Anjali and Mahima joins PSG College of Arts and Science. There they all studies well and took part in NCC activities.
Mithran shares good and exciting moments with Aravinth's sister Anjali. He studies Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata and Ramayana in the library. Takes a few quotes from them and explains the importance of moral values and ethical life to his friends and impresses them.
He additionally, regenerates and explain about the importance of unity by taking the examples of Kurusethra War, which ended abruptly due to the lack of unity among cousins.
Anjali is attracted a lot with Mithran's ideologies and falls in love with him. She writes a few love letters and prepares gift box. She waits to propose her love to Mithran.
Aravinth sees these one day and goes to Anjali angrily.
"Come brother. I have been waiting for you only" said Anjali.
"Anjali. What is this? Are you loving Mithran?" asked an angry Aravinth.
"Cool brother. What's wrong in it? Loving a guy is wrong?" asked Anjali.
Aravinth slaps her and tells her, "He is from other caste. Look. Friendship is different from love. I cannot interconnect them to be same like you." Tears rolled down from the eyes of Anjali, since she is unable to bear the pain of Aravinth's slap.
After a few minutes, Aravinth goes near to Anjali and tells her, "Look at me Anjali. I ak sorry da. Have I hurt you ah? Understand da. Caste problems will break if you love him. I am not against inter-caste marriages. But, our grandpa and his grandpa is against intercaste love marriages."
Anjali refuses to obey his words and continued to propose her love to Mithran. He is shocked and eventually reciprocates her love.
"Mithran. Think again da. You are doing a big mistake by taking my sister. You nee me or my sister?" asked Aravinth.
"Your sister is more important for me than you da, Aravinth" said Mithran.
Heartbroken and angry, Aravinth waves good bye to Mithran and they part ways as friends...
Aravinth becomes highly career-oriented and starts to focus rigorously on NCC training. He tried to be a good brother for Anjali. But, she refuses to obey him.
Sooner, through Anjali's efforts, both the people's family have a change of opinion about Intercaste marriages and interested disputes. They become close friends as a part of family.
(Flashback part of 1997 ends).
Rathnam Rao wakes up Mithran the next day in their tent at 5:30 AM. Telling "Mithran. We have to go now...wake up man."
Mithran, Aravinth, Rathnam Rao and Sathyaveer goes and notices five Indian Soldiers, being captured. They are subsequently killed by the Pakistani army.
One of the terrorists tries to kill Aravinth. But, Mithran saves him from being killed and Aravinth asks him, "Why did you save me from those terrorists?"
"You very well knew that sir" said Mithran and he leaves without any reply and starts to write the diary, explaining about the flashback events again:
After Aravinth and Mithran got separated as friends, they parted ways and done their respective duties. Mithran's sister Mahima tried to make peace between them. She fell in love with Mithran due to his patriotic ideologies. Grandfather's talks failed to make them both peaceful and their rivalry worsens.
One day, to avenge Mithran, Aravinth openly kisses Mahima(in her lips) and accepts her love. This angers Mithran and unable to bear the insult, slaps Aravinth. In retribution, Mahima slaps him.
Aravinth and Mahima's love grew stronger and this leads to a scuffle between the families. Since, they fears for caste riots and violence.
One day, after the final year examinations, both Aravinth and Mithran marry Mahima and Anjali respectively, comes to their house.
Upon seeing this, respective family's grandfather becomes angry and attacks both of them with the help of henchman.
While fighting them, Aravinth accidentally pushes Anjali and she gets stabbed by a nearby knife.
Anjali calls "Mithran" for help...
"Anjali" said Aravinth and he went back to see her...
"Mithran. Several of your ideologies are good and appreciable. I henceforth loved you a lot. My brother is good. Don't harm him da. Be united da. That's my last wish too" said Anjali and she died in his arms.
Both the family feels guilty and threws there casteism asides...Mithran is dejected with Anjali's death and hence joins Indian Army...while, Aravinth and Mahima starts a good life...
"War never gives peacefulness. It's for victorious people as well as for the one, who lost them...the perfect example for this is Kurusethra. The war started abruptly and went for 18 days...the resultant is Pandavas emerged victorious...but, peace didn't resist anywhere...only bloods flowed everywhere....here also the same...nothing emerged victorious due to the casteism...let's see what result comes in Kurusethra war." Mithran writes this last words in the diary...
Meanwhile, Pakistani Army brings Artillery weapons to Kargil and stops them there, waiting to fight the Indian Army.
May 9, 1999:
Indian Army and Pakistani Army people starts to rage a full scale war. Heavy shelling by the Pakistan Army damages Indian ammunition dumps. It ended abruptly again.
May 10, 1999:
The next day Mithran, Aravinth, Rathnam Rao and Sathyaveer learns that, multiple infiltrations across the LoC are confirmed in Dras, Kaksar, and Mushkoh sectors with several deaths, being confirmed. They sits and prays for the death of their army men and proceeds with their next duties.
By Mid-May, Aravinth's team(Holding Mithran, Sathyaveer and Rathanam Rao) moves in more soldiers from the Kashmir Valley to Kargil district. They brings several weapons and missiles by now and fights a full scale war with Pakistan. This time more deaths happen....
A few days later....(7 June 1999 to 9 June 1999):
After mid-may, Aravinth's team with several other soldiers and warriors took various roles in the war. While resting in the tent, Mithran explains them in his diary(in a tabular format) telling the events:
26 MayThe Indian Air Force (IAF) begins airstrikes against suspected infiltrator positions.27 MayOne IAF MiG-21 and one MiG-27 aircraft are shot down by Anza surface-to-air missiles of the Pakistan Army's Air Defence Corps. Flt. Lt. Kambampati Nachiketa (pilot of the MiG-27) is captured by a Pakistani patrol and given POW status (released on 3 June 1999).28 MayOne IAF Mi-17 is shot down by Pakistani forces; four crew members are killed.1 JuneThe Pakistan Army begins shelling operations on India's National Highway 1 in Kashmir and Ladakh.5 JuneIndia releases documents recovered from three Pakistani soldiers that officially indicate Pakistan's involvement in the conflict.6 JuneThe Indian Army begins a major offensive in Kargil.
War started severely on May 7, 1999 near Batalik. This time, Pakistani Army attacked Aravinth's team severely. Mithran safeguards his teammates after remembering their words(told by them before few days)...
Mithran gets severely shot and injured in the process when killing the army of Pakistan. Besides being convinced by Aravinth to return back, he refuses.
Mithran smiles at Aravinth and asks him, "Aravinth. I wasn't able to feel the love of Mahima. Atleast can I feel our friendship now?"
Aravinth cryingly hugs him.
Mithran reminiscences about their friendship and further, remembers the memorable days, that he had spent with Mahima...he dies in the arms of Aravinth.
Aravinth, Rathnam Rao and several other soldiers mours the death of officers, who died in the Kargil war...
AFTER A FEW MONTHS:
AFTERMATH OF THE WAR:
11 JuneIndia releases intercepts of conversations between Pakistani COAS Gen. Pervez Musharraf (on a visit to China) and CGS Lt. Gen. Aziz Khan (in Rawalpindi) as proof of the Pakistan Army's involvement in the infiltrations.13 JuneIndian forces secure Tololing in Dras after a fierce battle with militias backed by Pakistani troops.15 JuneUnited States President Bill Clinton forces then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif to immediately pull all Pakistani troops and irregulars out from Kargil.29 JuneUnder pressure from the federal government, Pakistani forces begin their retreat from Indian-administered Kashmir and the Indian Army advances towards Tiger Hill.4 JulyThree Indian regiments (Sikh, Grenadiers and Naga) engage elements of the remaining Pakistani Northern Light Infantry regiment in the Battle of Tiger Hill. The region is recaptured by Indian forces after more than 12 hours of fighting.5 JulyPakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif officially announces the Pakistan Army's withdrawal from Kargil following a meeting with POTUS Bill Clinton. Indian forces subsequently take control of Dras.7 JulyIndian troops recapture Jubar Heights in Batalik.11 JulyPakistani forces disengage from the region; India retakes key peak points in Batalik.14 JulyPrime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee declares Operation Vijay a success. The Indian government sets conditions for talks with Pakistan.26 JulyKargil War officially comes to an end. Indian Army announces the complete withdrawal of Pakistani irregular and regular forces.
After a few days later, Aravinth comes with Anjali, accompanied by grandparents(of Mithran and Anjali) to the same place, where Mahima is also buried. Since, Mithran have been buried next to Mahima...
They mourns his death by lighting candles and prays for his soul to rest in peace...
At that time, a few flowers falls into the cemetery of both Mithran and Mahima's...
"Even in their deaths their love is eternal and inseparable" said Aravinth, after seeing the flowers....