Many friends have asked me why I write only about matters pertaining to the army and other defence issues. Do I have nothing else to talk about?
Well, for one, I am a fairly uni-dimensional person. I have led a pretty average life. Sometimes, below average. I am, self admittedly, not an achiever in any sense of the word.
The only miracle that has happened to me was OG in colour. And for that I may say “thank you” a million times but it will never be enough.
You taught me many things and this is what I took away, the OLQs that still form the cornerstone of our collective lives.
1. Keep your word.
2. Be loyal, always.
3. Lead by example.
4. India first, every time.
5. Respect women.
6. Be selfless.
7. Take responsibility, not credit.
8. No fear.
9. Do the right thing, and damn the consequences.
10. Stand up for those weaker than you.
11. The regiment is your identity. The paltan is your family.
You taught me that integrity is binary. You taught me that an officer displayed OLQs when no one was looking.
I left you 16 years back and this is perhaps the greatest mistake of my life. We do things that we do not understand. And then we live with regret.
The designation has become fancy, the cabin larger. I have perfected a tone of voice that is very corporate, sophisticated and a total put on. But sometimes, it’s good to remind people that beneath all that nonsense, the OC of Charlie Company 17 Kumaon is alive and kicking. All of a sudden there is sometimes a whiplash of a command, brooking no discussion. It leaves stunned people in its wake. All of us OG types have a “drill square” voice hidden inside. And when it is unleashed, it descends like a Hellfire missile on a soft target.
I want you to know that I am not the epitome of OLQs. I falter. But I also want you to know that I always try my best. I believe in you, and what you taught me.
Whatever I am is because of you. If you ever deem me worthy of your call, I will answer.
You will always have my everlasting gratitude.
Maj. Gaurav Arya (Veteran)
17 Kumaon Regiment