Gautam Gambhir’s Tweet about killing 100 Jihadis for every soldier insulted, set the cat amongst all the self appointed pigeons, guardians of India’s peaceful heritage, whatever that may be. Write-ups in national dailies castigated him for his ill-thought comments. Sagarika Ghose ended up asking Gambhir if he has ever been to Kashmir, and he should go to the home of a teenager blinded by a pellet gun and then talk. There were others, the so-called defenders of India’s left-liberal frontiers, who were absolutely apoplectic.

Kashmir is no North Pole, and going there is no achievement unless you are wearing a uniform and hunting terrorists, or dealing with their younger cousins, the stone pelters. You don’t need to go to Kashmir to express solidarity with your soldier. Sagarika’s outburst is typical of left-liberal journalists who will decide what you should think. So, Arundhati Roy saying that India should get out of Kashmir is freedom of speech, because she belongs to that “left-liberal-literary” stratum that we are not allowed to question, and Gambhir is a sportsperson. The thought process is “What does a cricketer know about these things anyway?” Gambhir was attacked because he encroached upon the left liberal God-given right to have and form an opinion.

Hardly had this conundrum died down, an army major tied a stone pelter to his vehicle, not in the Israeli tradition of vengeance, but in pure self-preservation.

Howls of protests erupted. The Geneva Conventions were flaunted and human rights quoted, chapter and verse. The same self-serving liberal-left went into an assault overdrive. Major Gogoi replaced Gautam Gambhir as the punching bag.

All these reactions are little more than synthetically manufactured fraud. So are the concerns about violation of Geneva Conventions. Major Gogoi did not, one fine day, get up and say, “Hey, today is the 9th of April and there is no better day to tie up a stone pelter to my vehicle”.

Let us review what happened. Polling officials, ITBP jawans and a small team of J&K Police was surrounded by an estimated mob of 900 odd stone pelters, some of them with Molotov cocktails. They had taken up positions on the streets and rooftops. Hopelessly outnumbered, the ITBP jawans sent out an SOS to the local senior army official, who without delay dispatched a Quick Reaction Team (QRT), led by Major Gogoi. Since “quick” is the operative word, QRTs are small in size. The officer reached the site and did an on-ground assessment. Heavily outnumbered and with no back up, he had two choices – shoot his way out, which would have resulted in a large number of deaths or try something so surprising and unique that a window of opportunity would present itself, so that those surrounded could be safely extricated. He chose the latter, simply because he wanted to avoid killing people.

The young major saved lives of those he had been sent to protect, no civilians were harmed and the mission was successful. I fail to understand what the fuss is about! Optics? Is that what is troubling people? Would they rather have had dead bodies? Those who have criticized this action have not said what Major Gogoi could have done, or should have done, given the circumstances. I have served in J&K. Charm does not work.

Some people have said that the lasting image of the Kashmir conflict will be the man tied to the vehicle. Why? Why not the slapping and humiliation of the CRPF soldier? To me, and to hundreds of millions of Indian, that is the lasting image; of a soldier whose hands were tied by orders, who in spite of having a weapon, did not have the freedom of action to save the honor of his uniform.

It’s easy to find fault with others when you are sitting in Delhi Gymkhana, sipping malt or in a newsroom, lord of all your survey. It’s quite another matter when you are the mission leader of a QRT who has been sent to save soldiers and civilians who are minutes away from being lynched by a “peaceful” mob of 900. The Indian Army is full of hard choices. That’s just the way it is.

For all the left-leaning liberals and Lutyens Delhi journalists lamenting the demise of democracy with respect to the army’s action, I say; the Indian Army is the last argument of the state. When you deploy the army, know this…nothing follows after it. You would do well not to second-guess the army.

Left-liberal journalism has caused more harm to India’s interests in Kashmir then the entire might of the Hurriyat. They question the motives of a young officer surrounded by certain death, who did his best to save the people he was sent to protect, and did so without inflicting collateral damage. These same journalists have nothing to say for the CRPF jawan who was slapped, kicked and punched, except that the soldier displayed “tremendous patience and professionalism”. Patience and professionalism? Is that what you thought the soldier was displaying? What I saw was humiliation of the uniform, and a soldier unable to respond because he was alone with his buddy and the stone pelters were many; a response would have lead to a bloodbath. What I saw was the state failing the soldier.

Those Kashmiri separatist youth did not just insult the soldier and his uniform. They insulted India.

Geneva Conventions were violated when Pakistanis cut off the head of Lance Nk Hemraj and Sepoy Mandeep Singh. Geneva Conventions were violated when Pakistan invaded Kargil and 527 Indian brave-hearts were martyred. The J&K Police’s Director General’s office recently initiated a circular asking policemen belonging to South Kashmir not to go home because it was not safe, is a violation of human rights of the policeman. Pakistan Army denies consular access to Kulbhushan Jhadav for perhaps the fifteenth time. On 16 April, Imtiaz Ahmed Khan was shot dead by unidentified persons in Pinjora Shopian, J&K. He was a lawyer and a social activist, and the cousin brother of a close friend.

This happens all the time and its news as usual; nothing personal about it. Viewers, we will now take a 2-minute commercial break. Don’t go away. Stay with us. That’s it?

It is because of left-liberal intelligentsia and journalists that we have come to such a passé; their writing, opinions and thoughts give impetus to those who would destroy India. What the enemy is not able to do from outside, they are doing from inside. They are opening the gates of the citadel from within.

There is a strange sense of entitlement, of knowing with absolute certainty that what they write and speak is the only truth and they deserve to be put on a pedestal because of that supposed truth. Like the gods of the Roman pantheon, they look down upon the hoi polloi, dripping hubris.

And then there is the soldier. Any patch of even ground is a bed and even cold food is eaten gratefully. He doesn’t ask for much. And we expect him to die for us.

Other countries armies & forces have just the enemy to contend with. They are supported and feted. They are applauded. It is only in India where the soldier not only fights the enemy, but also the politician, the separatist, the journalist, the leftist and an assortment of opinions. He has no support, no back up.

TV anchors will mouth platitudes about “human rights violations” and show the clip of the Kashmiri stone pelter tied to Major Gogoi’s vehicle. Relevant copies of the Geneva Conventions will be flashed on your screens. But no one will offer a solution. Surrounded by a murderous mob of 900, what options did the officer have? No one will address this question satisfactorily, because no one can. To answer this question, you should have gone through similar experiences.

But the wheel is turning a full circle. Social media has a mind of its own, and people have opinions. No longer can a media house dictate what you should think. That monopoly has been broken. It takes less than three minutes to record a video and Tweet it. If the content is right, it will go viral. Like the very recent video of Indian Army troops being applauded and feted at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. It was not news for the mainstream media. It became news because it suddenly snowballed into something humongous.

Indians have always respected the soldier. But now we see aggressive manifestations of it. When the CRPF jawan was humiliated, a young man sent a message to me, a message of rage and helplessness. He said, “When I saw those thugs slapping the soldier, I felt as if someone was slapping my father. I felt so helpless and angry”.

The pillars of the left-liberal narrative are crashing down, and in their place we see an assertive India. We see an India that has for too long been kept in intellectual and cultural subjugation, shaking off the dust from its back. A new narrative is taking shape, with India as its core. Tribals from far away Madhya Pradesh, with generations of expertise of using sling-shots to hunt, are volunteering to go to Kashmir and fight stone with stone.

The young are now asking questions; in the seminar halls and on the road. They demand to know why the soldier is being humiliated.

And this is what Indians are telling the soldier…

We are not ungrateful. We respect and acknowledge your sacrifices. You are our brother and your blood is our blood. We may not wear the uniform, but our love for the motherland is no less. We will stand together, fight together and when the time comes, die together.

The left liberal intelligentsia is not just hopelessly wrong. It is also hopelessly outnumbered, outflanked and outdated.

Their time is up. It’s just that they don’t know it yet.

Major Gaurav Arya (Veteran)

#MajorGauravArya #TheThunderOfSilence #adgpi #IndianArmy


Author: Major Gaurav Arya (Veteran)

Soldier. That’s all.

17 thoughts on “THE THUNDER OF SILENCE”

    1. Great post sir, it is voice of every Indian,left liberals are only representing forces who want to kill our country,but they will not succeed when people like you are there to rise the voice,i’m with indian army !!!jai hind !!!


  1. Well-said Major Arya you stole the words out of my, and I have no doubt, every Indian’s mouth. The days of the gaddar, who you politely refer to as the Indian liberal, are over. While they no doubt deserve to be publicly lynched at the stake for working against the nation for over 70 long years, we will be magnanimous and wait for them to make themselves scarce. The new India doesn’t need this fifth column, and the sooner they disappear the better. Jaihind, Vande Mataram.

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  2. MGA, if the image of the stone pelter tied to the jeep is the lasting image of the Kashmir conflict, I hope every stone pelter and their older cousins see it, every day. That image will tell them stories about the amazing men that make the Indian Army. Major Gogoi brought us honor back. He upheld the ethos by standing up for his men.
    He won the war in the minds without firing one bullet, the steel fist was there for all to see. Major Leetul Gogoi is a hero. Behind that young officer a nation has assembled. Now we will let the pigeons fly away, filter the noise out and stand up for those who truly matter. We will avenge, but we will also strike. You see the wave coming, MGA? And when the ‘hurricane’ add to its might we will just be all set. Thank you.

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  3. Sir your writing is the exact replica of wat we Indian feel ! And to the left liberal intelligentsia , ur days are over , stop tarnishing the very pillar of strength of our country with ur own vindictiveness !!! Major Gagoi ur permeance is inevitable , wat he did is sheer inspiration ! And we got ur back , we Indians not only applaud u but also support u for ur stance !
    Last not the least , U sir is a sheer source of inspiration . Keep up the good work sir !

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      1. Your reply boosts up my moral sir !
        I myself being an fauzi brat and an aspirant fauzi feels like ur words are like Phoenix Emerging From Fire !
        JAY HIND!
        Nvr stop doing wat u do ! Nvr stop Inspiring !!!


  4. Yours is the voice of millions, Sir!! You have voiced our feelings for the soldiers, political situations, situations in Kashmir and i go with all your suggestions!! Hope such stringent steps will be taken at the earnest!


  5. I personally feel the Press Council Of India must check its standards and bring new amendments. If Press is given high degree of freedom ,they are also expected to have high accuracy in their responsibility. One simply can’t wrap things in the name of freedom of speech and then get away with it. Punish the ones who try to promote anti nationalism,be it Press or God. The message should be loud and clear. I remember the cries of left liberals when NDTV was banned for a day. Anyone defending stone pelters and naxals on news debates must be given death penalty ,only then they would know how it feels when a soldier dies. I don’t believe in that Democracy where you can speak anything rubbish about your own nation and expect it to defend on the name of freedom of speech and right of expression,for they should know there are some duties too and YES Duties comes before Rights.


  6. Major Gogoi was not just right he was perfect in such a wisdom oriented decision and you said sir,Indian Army is the last argument to everything in India,it is the only organization which has never disappointed us whenever asked,So Sagarika and liberals like her must understand one thing by hook or crook if Indian army fails to deliver,they won’t be even alive next day for their rubbish comments. Tell her not to mess with The Indian Army . Because One messed (Pakistan) and they still feel shockwaves. It doesn’t take time for Indian Army to decide when to operate missions,the day they take charge to surgically remove terrorists in form of intellectuals sitting down on debates and speaking nonsence,even Almighty won’t listen to them. So Sir whenever you meet someone like them on debates ,no need of answering them,simply warn them not to mess with Indian Army.


  7. MGA, as you set out to be part of main stream media; you give those three words a new respect and a quality that it has always lacked- trust.
    I am a fan for life of your writing. You are an exemplary orator, but the writer in you is in a different league; one that is way beyond clichéd adjectives. You are an amazing story teller not just because you have a way with words, but because you speak from your heart and here’s hoping that it never changes. There really is nothing at all like your writing. Here’s hoping that you won’t let this place miss you a lot.
    You have awakened a lot of silent nationalists to voicing their opinion. You have started a wave, one that grows by the day. You have silenced the voices in my head and given me reasons to pick up a pen. Thank you for inspiring, MGA; you will always have our total absolute respect.
    It has truly been an honor to connect with you on this platform. I wish you the very best. Have the most fabulous day at the launch. May it be the greatest beginning to the best part of the rest of your story!! Good Luck, go on and rock the main stream media!! Said this before, saying it again, MGA, you are a legend!! May the force be with you, always!!

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  8. An amazing observation combined with absolute truth sir. Thanks for letting solduers know that we are with them. We live together with them and die with them if the situations needs us to. Jai Hind !
    Ps – it would be an honour if you just gave a peek at my work and suggest my mistakes sir.


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