THE BRAVE INDIANS
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INDIA-CHINA BORDERS, 15 JUNE 2020:
Near India-China Borders on 15 June 2020, a group of Indian army people are sitting in a tent near to Kangto Himalayan Ranges of Arunachal Pradesh. Among them, one of the soldiers tells: "We are being outnumbered sir. 45 of us died already in the hands of Chinese. Very few of us are there to survive this battle."
"We have started this war, bravely. Let's end this battle" said one of the Army soldiers. While speaking, they hears the sounds of their Army Major Sanjith, approaching along with his Captain Ahmed and Captain Raghav.
"Jai Hind." The Soldiers said, as Sanchith came and stood in front of them.
"Bharat Mata Ki Jai" said Sanchith.
Sanjith then tells to the soldier, "Who are you to stop this war da? This war is still more going on. We are losing so many of our people. Human Life is full of battles, man."
"Sir. But, we have lost 45 of our soldiers" said one of the soldiers.
"Never shrink in fear. Fight to the last, Stand your ground" said Sanchith.
Still most of the soldiers bow their head down and fears for life. One of them tells, "Sir. Better, we will do what China says."
"No…never…The Supreme Power has created an even human being in a separate way – or will we say, Everyone is a masterpiece. When every action you do turns negative against your goal, do not shirk in fear" said Sanchith.
As still more, many are not convinced, he angrily raises his voice telling: "We will dance joyfully and sing,
That we have achieved joyful independence. Bharathiyar have sang this great song…Several freedom fighters like Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, Subash Chandra Bose and Sardar Vallabhai Patel fought bravely for our nation. If they have thought about their life, we won't be having freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of decision. Let me tell you about Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy's life."
NOTE: The story follows Viewpoint Narration type, from here till Narasimha Reddy's past ends.
24 NOVEMBER 1806, RUPANAGUDI VILLAGE:
Mandal. This particular village is located near Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh in India. Narasimha's family was related to the Polygar family(Palegaadu Mallareddy and Seethamma).
"When Narasimha Reddy came to this earth, he battled for his life very first. Because, he have gave birth by dying." He was living with his grandfather in Uyyalawada. At that time, East India Company were slowly emerging in India. As he was born by defying death, he was thought to be having divine powers with gifted abilities.
HYDEARABAD NIZAM DYNASTY:
In Nizam Dynasty of Hyderabad, British officials told, "We are slowly occupying India in the name of East India Company. We have defeated Indian Empire and overthrown Mughals through multiples of battles and systems. We have to extent our empire through South Indian states of Kurnool."
"We will do it sir" said Cochrane. Slowly, they all occupied our whole country. They came in the name of doing business. But, slowly started to exploit us and additionally, dominated us by exploiting our resources.
British officials started to occupy governmental duties. They became rigorous and started to torture our people, by bringing ryotwari system and other attempts to maximize revenue through exploiting lower-status cultivators by depleting their crops and leaving them impoverished.
At that time, Narasimha Reddy asked his grandfather, "Grandpa. Why many of our people failed to raise questions against British officials?"
"They are having weapons like gun da. And, they are very powerful. Our people is so pity. They fear to raise question against them. If raised, they would kill them" said his grandfather.
"But, I would raise questions against them grandpa. This is our soil. Someone from other country have came to do business here. How dare they would dominate us!" said Narasimha Reddy. He met Gosayi Venkanna in an ashram.
"Will you be able to rebel against British officials?" asked Gosayi.
"Yes. I would rebel against them" said Narasimha Reddy.
"They are thousands" said Gosayi.
"Thousands and Ten Thousands never matter. Bravery is needed for defeating them. I will do it" said Narasimha Reddy, by holding his sword in right hands.
"You should have so many rebellions, united in order to fight against the British" said Gosayi, to which he agreed.
At that time, he got married to Siddamma. Several years afterwards, Narasimha Reddy formed a group of rebels consisting of: Kurnool Avuku Raju, Veera Reddy and several other rebellions. They all planned to get freedom for Kurnool.
Since, the EIC's introduction to the Madras Presidency of the 1803 Permanent Settlement, which had first been enacted in Bengal Presidency ten years previously, replaced the agrarian socio-economic status quo with a more egalitarian arrangement where anyone could cultivate provided that they paid a fixed sum to the EIC for the privilege of doing so.
The Polygars and other higher-status people who preferred the old agrarian system "represented the decadent social order", were in many cases "upstarts" and "were also the heirs of a social system in which various orders of Hindu society were integrated through ages". These people were dispossessed of their lands, which were then redistributed, but the primary purpose of the changes was to increase production rather than to restructure the social order. In some cases, it coincided with a punishment because among the dispossessed were those who had recently been involved in fighting the EIC in the Polygar Wars. Some received pensions in lieu of the lost lands but at inconsistent rates.
Things were going good until, Cochrane burned people alive and hanged off six people dead for opposing against their atrocities. As a henceforth, Narasimha Reddy took an oath telling, "A promise to my soil, A promise to all my sisters, A promise to all my people. I would behead Cochrane and British Officials. I would get freedom for our soil."
PRESENT, INDIA-CHINA BORDERS:
"Things came to a head in 1846 when the British authorities assumed land rights previously held by various people who had died in the villages of Goodladurty, Koilkuntla and Nossum. Encouraged by the discontent of others, Reddy became the figurehead for an uprising" said Sanchith.
Everyone remained silent and one of the soldiers asked him, "Did he gave up the war, due to the worsening situation, sir?"
"He fought till the end. Such a brave man, he is. One incident came for him, to withdraw the battle."
1846, UYYALAWADA FORT:
His guru Gosayi Venkanna said, "I see battlefield in this place."
"I see the tomorrow's blissful freedom here."
"Narasimha. You have to fight this battle. You have motivated even a small child to fight against them."
"You have behead British officials and started this war. But, will your group support in this rebellion war?" said Gosayi.
Narasimha Reddy's step-brother Basi Reddy asked him: "Where to come? Did you think that, we are remaining silent, as we don't have any shame. No. They are very strong. So many days, many rulers opposed British and went under soil. Who are there with us for this war?"
"People" said Narasimha Reddy.
"People ah? How? Anywhere have this happened? I have heard that, king have fought against rivals." Veera Reddy asked him.
"People would take swords and fight against British. It would become a protest and finally, it would turn as a rebellion" said Narasimha Reddy, to which his step-brother Basi Reddy laughed and tells, "Hey Malla Reddy! Tell to your brother, about our decision."
"Brother. You stay away from this rebellion da. Apologize to the British officials that, you have done an unknown mistake."
"I will fight" said Narasimha Reddy. Vadde Obbana accompanies him and an old man tells, "I am there with you, Ji. I would kill maximum of 100 British soldiers, in this rebellion." Basi Reddy uncontrollably laughed upon hearing this, to which the old man threw a sword to prove his worth.
"Sye Raa(We are Ready)" said few people.
"Sye Raa, Sye Raa, Sye Raa" said all people, to which Narasimha Reddy feels happier.
Then, Narasimha Reddy rigorously trained his soldiers and emperors for the battle. When getting ready for the battle, Narasimha Reddy tells: "My beloved people. We are now ready to battle against our rivals. This battle is for our soil. Let's bring back our soil. Sye raa(We are ready)."
"Sye raa" said other soldiers. They all starts to attack British officials and in retribution, they starts to attack people by shooting as well as attacking through swords. Avuku Raju eventually changes his mind and supports Narasimha Reddy's rebellion and started admiring him.
Then Acting Collector investigated about funds for Narasimha Reddy's group. Upon interrogating, he learns that, Reddy had material support from fellow pensioners in Hyderabad and Kurnool, whose land rights had also been appropriated. The group soon attracted support from the peasantry and was reported by British authorities to have rampaged in Koilkuntla, taking back the looted treasury there and evading the police before killing several officers at Mittapally. They also plundered Rudravaram before moving to an area near to Almore, pursued by the British military forces who then surrounded them.
A battle between Obanna's 5000-strong band and a much smaller British contingent then strongly took place, with around 200 of the freedom fighters being killed and others captured before they were able to break out in the direction of Kotakota, Giddalur where Reddy's family were situated.
During the battle time, Siddhamma goes under labour and delivers a child with the help of Narasimha Reddy's mother. And during the battle, the old man dies telling: "Death means this only, Ji."
Having collected his family, he and the rest of the freedom fighters moved into the Nallamala Hills. The British offered incentives for information regarding the freedom fighters, who were again surrounded amidst reports that unrest was now growing in other villages of the area. However, Narasimha Reddy's second wife was burned alive. Cochrane's man Daniel is brutally killed in the battle.
Then, Narasimha Reddy learned that, "He have got a male child." British officials are eventually, threatened by Narasimha Reddy's brave rebel against them. Since, Tamil rebellions like Rajapandi have also joined their protest.
They comes with a plan and brainwashes Basi Reddy to betray Narasimha Reddy. However, Reddy sends a notice to Cochrane telling: "This is our country and you are dominating our country, by telling this is our nation. Go out from our country. You would at least remain alive."
Basi Reddy is spared eventually by Reddy. Since, he is his step-brother.
Meanwhile, an angry Cochrane asked for Reddy's photo, which he sees and announced a full rage of war. The war eventually killed Narasimha Reddy's second wife Lakshmi. Since, she burned herself to save him and additionally, Cochrane barely escaped the attack.
In a further skirmish between the freedom fighters and the British, who had sent for reinforcements, 40–50 freedom fighters were killed and 90 were captured, including Reddy. Although there was no evidence of Obanna's capture, he most possibly was also a captive along with his leader.
Since, Veera Reddy betrayed Narasimha Reddy by drugging his tea, which weakened him during the time of war. Veera Reddy believed that his son was killed by Reddy, as he betrayed them. Out of guilt in betraying Reddy, Veera Reddy commits suicide by stabbing himself after seeing his son, alive. His son is killed by a British soldier later on.
While being taken by the British officials to the court, the Judge asked him, "Do you have anything to say here?"
Reddy shakes his head and tells, "Get out of my country. Get out of our country." The angered British Judge sentenced him to death.
Further, warrants were issued for the arrest of nearly 1,000 of the freedom fighters, of which 412 were released without charge. A further 273 were bailed and 112 were convicted. Reddy, too, was convicted and in his case received the death penalty.
22 FEBRUARY 1847, KOLKUNTLA:
Narasimha Reddy have been taken to the Kolkuntla court, where he had been planned to be executed. Reddy says to the people through his words: "Enough. It's enough to remain as a slavery for the one, who have came to do business in our nation. They are ruling our country now. Like me, several of us should fight against these British rulers. We have to express our rights, we have to ask our country. Let's be ready. Bharat Mata Ki?"
"Jai" said the people.
"Bharat Mata Ki Jai" said Narasimha Reddy. After this, Reddy is taken for execution. However, he didn't get hanged and instead, attacked the British soldiers bravely in the court. One of the soldiers beheaded him. Even after that, Cochrane was killed by Narasimha Reddy's body.
British kept his head on the fort wall in public view until 1877. The East India Company reported in their district manual of 1886 that:
Since 1839 nothing of political importance has occurred, unless we mention the disturbance in 1847 caused by Narasimha Reddy, a pensioned Poligar of Uyyalavada in Koilkuntla Taluk, then part of Cuddapah district. He was in receipt of a pension of ₹11 a month. As a grandson of Jayaram Reddy, the last powerful Zamindar of Nossam, he was sorely disappointed when the Government refused to pay him any portion of the lapsed pension of that family. Just before this time, the question of resuming Kattubadi Inams has been brought under the consideration of Government, which made the Kattubadis discontented. Narasimha Reddy collected these men and attacked the Koilkuntla treasury. He moved from place to place and sheltered himself in thepi hill forts of the Erramalas and Nallamalas, and though pursued by troops from Cuddapah and Kurnool, he continued to commit his ravages in Koilkuntla and Cumbum. At Giddalur he gave battle to Lieutenant Watson and killed the Tahsildar of Cumbum. He then escaped into the Nallamalas, and after roving about the hills for several months was caught near Perusomala on a hill in Koilkuntla taluk and hanged. His head kept hung in the fort on the gibbet till 1877 when the scaffold falling into decay.
(Viewpoint Narration ends here)
PRESENT, INDIA-CHINA BORDERS:
"Tell me now. Should we go back from this battle by giving up our land to those Chinese or to fight back?" asked Major Sanchith.
"No. We support this battle" said Captain Ahmed.
"Let's create a history for our country like Kargil War and Surgical Strike. Bharat Mata Ki Jai" said Sanchith.
"Bharat Mata Ki Jai" said the soldiers.
"Every soil have a history. Everyone here are brave. This war should be a lesson for other country. No one should turn to our country and say that: This is their soil and no one of us have rights to enjoy that. Jai Hind." Sanchith said.
"Jai Hind" said all the soldiers and Captain.
"Sye Raa" said Sanchith and they starts to attack the Chinese army in the snowfall.
In the three days of battle, 20 soldiers are killed in the heaby snowfall by Chinese army, who attacked them using stones and several other weapons. The next day, they used Tanks and guns against Indian Army, who too retaliated the attack bravely. Due to hypothermia, several soldiers die in the Himalayan Ranges, by falling down in the middle.
Sanchith bravely fights off the Chinese Army, until a tank hits him. Even after getting fired, he manages to kill three to six Chinese soldiers by uttering the word, "Bharat Mata Ki Jai." In between the times, he said "Sye Raa" to get motivated and finish the soldiers off. After a few hours, he falls down in the middle of the attack. Before closing his eyes amidst of the snowfall and the dark sky, he tells: "Jai Hind…Jai Hind…Jai Hind…"
He reminiscences about Indian Flag and his Army office, after which Sanchith closed his eyes. Several soldiers who fought with his motivating words mourned his death in the funeral. Colonel Rajesh Singh and Prime Minister(who too have came there with the ministers) said, "We have lost such a great soldier. Let's be happy that we have got a blissful freedom. Bharat Mata Ki Jai."
"Bharat Mata Ki Jai…Bharat Mata Ki Jai…" The Indian Army officers said by raising their guns towards the sky. They fires the bullets, to show their respect for Sanchith. In addition, Prime Minister, Colonel and the Soldiers salutes him.
JANUARY 26, 2021- REPUBLIC DAY:
On Jaunary 26, 2021 Prime Minister said: "On 15 June 2020 as Commanding Officer Major Sanchith was deployed in Galwan Valley (Eastern Ladakh) in Operation Snow Leopard. He was tasked to establish an Observation Post in the face of the enemy. Undaunted by the violent and aggressive action by an overwhelming strength of enemy soldiers, he in true spirit of service before self continued to resist the enemy's attempt to push back the Indian troops. Despite being grievously injured, he led from the front, in hand to hand combat until his last breath. On 15 June 2020 as Commanding Officer Major Sanchith was deployed in Galwan Valley (Eastern Ladakh) in Operation Snow Leopard. He was tasked to establish an Observation Post in the face of the enemy. Undaunted by the violent and aggressive action by an overwhelming strength of enemy soldiers, he in true spirit of service before self continued to resist the enemy's attempt to push back the Indian troops. Despite being grievously injured, he led from the front, in hand to hand combat until his last breath." The Prime Minister gives Maha Vir Chakra gallantry decoration, praising for his patriotism.
Sanchith's wife gets the award in tears. While, her four year old son runs towards his father's photo, where he salutes him. Prime Minister feels proud upon seeing this. Sanchith's son tells the same words of his father by telling: "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" after seeing the Indian flag.
"Bharat Mata Ki Jai" said the Prime Minister.
"Jai Hind…Jai Hind…Bharat Mata Ki Jai…Jai Hind…" People around the place starts to tell the slogan, by raising up their hands. While, the China Prime Minister breaks his TV in frustration that, "India have emerged victorious."
Let's feel proud to be Indian. Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Jai Hind. This story is dedicated to all those officers of Indian Army, who strived and worked hard for our nation. I have wrote this story to praise our Independence Day on August 15, 2021.