Yesterday, seventeen of my brothers were martyred in a terror attack in Uri Sector. Seventeen homes were shattered. Children were orphaned. Their fathers will come home in a coffin, wrapped in the tri-color. Seventeen homes will not celebrate Diwali this year.

Yes, we will grieve for our dead. We will take care of their families, for that is our way of life. But we will save our tears for later. Today, we will sit and plan retribution.
I have had enough of you peaceniks; enough of you people lighting candles at Wagah. The day you lose a brother, you will know my pain. I have lost 17 brothers. You cannot even imagine the extent of my pain and anger. 
I write this to those who are in power today, those who decide what the Indian Army should or should not do. 
We are constantly attacked – 1947, 1965, Kargil, 26/11, Parliament attacks, Pathankot terror attack and now in Uri. And yet, we are not permitted to hit back. This is humiliating and it shatters our morale.
We are soldiers. We kill and we die. That is our profession. But when we die, we die with honor. We die on our feet; we don’t live on our knees. I know, because it is written on the walls of the Officers Training Academy. 
A soldier can bear pain, loss and sorrow with a shrug. But you are asking us to bear humiliation. This will break our spirit. Pakistani blood must flow. And it must flow like the blood on the streets of Dhaka on Eid. 
This is not about strategic gain or that cat and mouse game that Pakistan thinks it is so adept at playing. This is about the soldier’s honor. Our funeral pyres burn as far as the eye can see. Our blood has colored this earth red. Today we ask this nation to restore the rights of the soldier.
It is our right to retaliate at a time and place of our choosing. It is our right to use disproportionate force. It is our right to kill the enemy.
You, our political masters, must realize that you are sitting on a time bomb. Mark my words very carefully. There will be immense pressure on the Commanding Officers of the units that were attacked. The pressure will be from the troops they command. The concept of “face” and honor is everything in the Indian Army. Thousands of armed men will be baying for blood. And they will not stop till their honor has been redeemed.
It could take a very small spark, a comment a month down the line when another unit’s soldier could say to a soldier of the unit that has suffered casualties, “They killed your brothers and you did nothing”. You will then have local commanders taking local decisions. A company commander may just decide that since the LoC is not clearly demarcated, he got lost and entered Pakistan “by mistake”. And then there will be blood. It has been done before. Those from the Naga Regiment will know what I am talking about; the Nagas know a thing or two about vengeance. If you kill one of theirs, they don’t wait for instructions from New Delhi.
Why was such a location chosen, which was astride a river and on the highway connecting Kashmir to Muzzafarabad? Why was it not a walled compound? There are many such questions that I have, but will not ask them on this forum. But this much I will say; someone has to be held accountable for the 17 precious lives lost. 
We have several military options that can be used against Pakistan, and one of these must be used in the next 72 hours or before. In none of these actions is there a threat of nuclear response from Pakistan.
Option One will be to go in for massive artillery bombardment across the line of control using Multi Barrel Rocket Launchers (MBRL Pinaka), medium artillery and other guns. This will degrade and denude Pakistan’s military infrastructure and cause heavy loss of lives. Pakistan Army’s artillery is no match for our own and has no credible response to our bombardment. CB (counter bombardment) measures and capabilities of the Pakistan Army are well documented. However, loss of lives on our side cannot be ruled out.
Option Two could be to launch a Special Forces raid across the LoC. A team of one of the Para SF units may be tasked to go across the border for a HVT (high value target). This will include assassination of enemy commanders, destroying infrastructure and killing Pakistan Army personnel. Infiltration will not be difficult but exfiltration may be very complicated. We risk loss of lives.
Option Three may be a swift and devastating air attack on Pakistan Army infrastructure, deeper inside Pakistan. HQ 1 Corps in Mangla (Gilgit Baltistan) will be an excellent target. In this option, we will have to contend with Pakistani Air Defence, and loss of our pilot’s lives and a few aircraft.
Any option we choose, we stand to lose lives. But there is no going back now. We must break Pakistan’s spine. The honor of our country is at stake. 
And the brave seventeen will not accept peace without honor. 
Major Gaurav Arya (Veteran)
#IndianArmy #adgpi


Author: Major Gaurav Arya (Veteran)

Soldier. That’s all.

6 thoughts on “RETRIBUTION ”

  1. Dear Major Arya,

    One more attack in Uri. 17 martyrs in coffins, many injured. How long and at what cost? There are many unanswered questions, few I would like to ask you. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    First of all, I fail to understand that knowing the present situation. And sensitivity of the location how 4 militants managed to enter in Indian border and attack the army camp. Is our human intelligence on the ground that ineffective?

    Secondly about the camp, army camps are always on the high alert, 24×7. How these militants managed to enter and then kill so many of our Jawans? 17 of them got martyred against those 4 cowards. Lose is too big to understand.

    Nation is angry. It’s time to take an action. Pakistan is not ready to listen in spite of world wide pressure to stop their rogue activities. For us, its do or die situation.

    Let’s once for all break the backbone of Pakistan. This government has to take some bold step internationally and on Pakistan’s polices. Pakistan is a desperate country that wants world wide attention on Kashmir. Though China and USA will not isolate Pakistan that easily for their own interests. We have to make the world understand that for us is now or never.

    Jai Hind.


    1. Ma’am, you are absolutely right. There was a failure at both the intelligence level and at the army level. Senior officers must me made to answer. Heads must roll. And I also agree that it’s now or never. We MUST take action.

      Jai Hind


  2. Gaurav, as Veterans, we alone can speak for our brothers who are in service and whose hands are tied behind, mouths are gagged and are blind-folded. They can bear / withstand anything– pain, loss,sorrow, hunger, thirst but not humiliation. If this situation continues, the most disciplined Army in the world may not wait for instructions to restore and safeguard their honour. Are those in power listening? We also know that they won’t be reading such articles.

    Sharing the grief of the near and dear of the Martyrs. Jai Hind ! Jai Bharatiya Sena !!


  3. why we are only bothered about local intelligence,intelligence is a tool to solve problems at nation level so that there should not be problem at grass root level.i have few question to ask?

    1.why are we fighting in kashmir from last 26 year?if its a political problem why not solved so far?where is intelligence of our leaders?

    2.why military problems are given the name of political problem?

    3.Pakistan warns to use nuke if there “wajood” is at stake,which bomb should we use because our “wajood” is at stake everyday?

    4.why prime minister understand only the ideology of RSS and BJP ?why he don’t understand the ideology of indians?

    if its a intelligence failure its the intelligence of our civilian leadership


  4. major i think we should consider navy option also. we can sink their ships and subs and destroy karachi port without invading pakistan land. also in long term we should aim to defeat pakistani punjab. only punjab should be our aim.
    we need to something about paki nukes seriously coz in long termwe will have to fight an all out war. we should eliminate their nukes in WHICHEVER way possible and this we will have to do in peaceful times and not in like current or similar scenarios.


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