The 74th Republic Day Celebration of my life’s journey is of special significance to me. I served in the Indian Army Medical Corps and had the unique opportunity to begin my military career at the Special Frontier Force/Establishment No. 22/Vikas Regiment
In 1971, I became aware of President Sadat’s peace initiatives and as to how Colonel Narayan helped him and guided him in the process using his Islamic scholarship.
I take this golden opportunity to acknowledge the leadership role of Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi in the execution of the Liberation War of Bangladesh.
I describe myself as The Unknown Soldier of America for I served in Special Frontier Force-Establishment No. 22-Vikas Regiment without obtaining a Service Identity Document Card issued by the US Department of Defense or the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in support of their military mission.
The concept of Birth, Death, and Rebirth involves the concept of Cyclical Flow of Time whereas Time Flows Forwards, Straight Like an Arrow.
At age twenty-two, I got Commission in the Indian Army Medical Corps giving me the opportunity to serve in a top-secret military Establishment Number. 22 which is popularly identified as Two-Two. I joined Two-Two on September 22 making it a Special Day of my life.
The Republic Day Parade keeps alive the memories of my Indian Army Service from September 1969 to January 1984.
The Regiment of Artillery of Indian Army must record this historical contribution made by a Gunner officer who served as an Infantry Commander during the Bangladesh Ops of 1971-72.
In the execution of General Urban’s military plan some of the Phantoms, gallant members of the Fifth Army sacrificed their lives. General Uban was not present when the real heroes were cremated or buried. Apart from myself, I presume that the Chakma might have seen where the ‘Phantoms of Chittagong’ were buried. .
It amazes me even now that I had to unexpectedly provide help to a total stranger who was experiencing a medical condition which I had already experienced in my personal life.