Every year on 15 January, the Indian Army celebrates Army Day to commemorate the appointment of Lt Gen (later Field Marshal) KM Kariappa as Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army in place of Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander in 1949. Since then it has been a tradition to present the gallantry and distinguished service awards to the deserving soldiers on this day. The awards are presented by the Army Commanders in each of the Commands of the Indian Army. Even this year the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt Gen K.T Parnaik, presented 57 Sena Medals and five Vishisht Seva Medals to the awardees for their out standing performance in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command’s Appreciation Cards were also presented to twenty two units from different arms and services which excelled in their respective operational duties in last one year. President, Family Welfare Organization of Northern Command, Mrs. Anagha Parnaik also interacted with the families of brave soldiers and encouraged them to continue their unstinted support to their spouses in performance of their duty.
The Northern Command of the Indian army is based in Udhampur and consists of three Corps, the XIV, XV, and XVI. All units are deployed along the Line of Control in Kashmir with the exceptions of the 39th Infantry Division, and the 2nd, 3rd, and 16th Independent Armored Brigades. Although the government of India is doing its best to uplift the image of The Northern Command using all possible means yet things are going upside down despite all these efforts. For the last many years there were reports of rising suicides and of random shootouts on colleagues among the soldiers of the Northern Command. The situation had become a grave challenge for the hi-ups of the Indian Army. To sort out the solution to this problem the army leadership formulated a board of different consultants and analysts in 2009. After a very careful research, the board released a report which pointed out that Indian soldiers deployed in the valley were committing suicides and killing their own colleagues out of acute frustration and depression. The report said that majority of the soldiers deployed in the valley were married and were away from their wives for very long periods, they were in the grip of sexual frustrations which ultimately transformed into mental frustration. For a long term solution of this problem with the consultation of RAW, a battalion of female sex workers was recruited from far flung areas of the country and posted as Border Guards in the occupied Kashmir by Indian army in September 2009. The only objective of this recruitment was to provide the opportunities of having sexual satisfaction to the soldiers in the area who were constantly in a state of sexual frustrations. Unfortunately the ‘hungry’ soldiers got so excited by this facility that they ignored all precautionary measures while enjoying the sweet company of these newly inducted ‘delicacies’. By the mid of 2010, the Indian Army hi-ups got them in a state of shock when they were reported that at least 63 out of the total 178 female soldiers posted under Northern Command were suffering from very serious type of sex related diseases. It was also reported that most of them were pregnant due to unsafe sexual activities. Though the situation was very much painful and insulting for the whole of the Indian army but some of the ruthless analysts were happy over the situation thinking that the army would get a bulk of new born soldiers in case the pregnancies are carried on. They said that the new born soldiers would surely lend a more helping hand to their fathers and mothers in crushing the freedom movement in Indian held Kashmir. Unfortunately no one has yet suggested that such new born soldiers must also be remembered on the 15th January of every year during the celebrations of Army Day in India and presented with awards and prizes.
Be it the Eastern Command or the Northern Command, it is almost next to impossible for any one to crush the freedom movement in Indian Occupied Kashmir by use of force. The brutal military actions of Indian forces in the valley are simply adding salt to injuries. Particularly the young Kashmiris are more reactionary and more resolute regarding their undeniable right of self-determination. They demand for grant of basic democratic rights to Kashmiris under UN resolutions and nothing else. Unless their right of self-determination is not realized, the situation in the Indian held Kashmir would keep on getting more painful and more pathetic. A fact finding team to Kashmir has exposed that since June 2010, 111 deaths have been registered in Indian held Kashmir (IHK) including a large number of students of 8-25 years of age. According to Kashmir Media Service 93,505 deaths including custodial killings occurred from 1989 to October 2010 at the hands of security forces in IHK. Since June 2010, over a hundred protesters have been killed and hundreds more have been arrested in clashes with Indian forces. At present the innocent Kashmiries are passing through the ever-worst phase of their life but the International community has done nothing so far for them. The scenic paradise of the Indian Occupied Kashmir is once again blazing with flames of fright and terror. Countless innocent Kashmiries have yet been injured and so many deprived of their lives. Schools, markets, offices, mosques and even the small mud-houses are presenting picture of a wasteland. Continuous curfew, non-stop strikes and much more; what must the helpless Kashmiris do in such a pitiful situation when their self-imposed caretakers are busy in showering prizes and awards of honour upon those who are raping their women , burning their houses and slaughtering their children.