Tibet Awareness – Not Part of China

SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE – WHOLE HEROES

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Pakistan’s Lt. Gen A . A . K . Niazi signs the instrument of surrender on December 16, 1971 surrendering his forces to Lt. Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora Commanding the ‘ Mitro Bahini.

OPERATION EAGLE 1971 – LIBERATION WAR OF BANGLADESH :

OPERATION EAGLE 1971 - THE FALLEN HEROES ON BOTH SIDES

 

 

PRIME MINISTER INDIRA GANDHI'S OPERATION EAGLE 1971 DELIVERED THE FIRST BLOW THAT INITIATED THE LIBERATION OF BANGLADESH

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi delivered the first blow to initiate the Liberation of Bangladesh during 1971. Her military action in Chittagong Hill Tracts is known as Operation Eagle. I would like to recognize the fallen heroes on both sides. Kindly visit my blog post titled ‘Liberation War of Bangladesh – Fallen Heroes on Both Sides’.

http://bhavanajagat.wordpress.com/2007/10/28/liberation-war-of-bangladesh-fallen-heroes-on-both-sides/

 

Dr. R. R. Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,

Ex Number – MS-8466 CAPTAIN AMC/SSC

Medical Officer South Column Operation Eagle 1971

Headquarters Establishment No. 22  C/O  56  APO

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SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE – WHOLE SCHOLAR

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GLORIOUS QURAN – SURAH VIII – SPOILS OF WAR, VERSE NUMBER 61: “AND IF THEY INCLINE TO PEACE, INCLINE THOU ALSO TO IT, AND TRUST IN ALLAH. LO! HE IS THE HEARER, THE KNOWER.”

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SAINT MATTHEW, CHAPTER 5, VERSE NUMBER 9: “BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS, FOR THEY WILL BE CALLED SONS OF GOD ”

OPERATION EAGLE 1971 – A SERMON FROM GLORIOUS QURAN AT KAPTAI :
The military operation - Operation Eagle 1971 in Chittagong Hill Tracts- was inclined towards PEACE.
OPERATION EAGLE 1971 IN CHITTAGONG HILL TRACTS IS INCLINED TOWARDS PEACE. WE HAD DELIVERED PEACE TO PEOPLE OF BANGLADESH.

 Operation Eagle 1971 was conceived by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to deliver peace to the people of Bangladesh who had earlier declared their independence from Pakistan. I had the good fortune to serve under the Command of an Islamic Scholar who had performed Hajj and who had retained the entire book of Holy Quran in his memory and a true master of Islamic religious tradition and rituals of worship. Peace is the greeting of the Righteous. The Righteous while engaged in war are inclined towards Peace. My South Column Infantry Unit Commander of Operation Eagle, Lieutenant Colonel B K Narayan belonged to the Regiment of Artillery and during the time I spent with him I learned about the peace traditions of Righteous Muslims. Kindly read my personal tribute to this Islamic Scholar who had served Indian Army in its Olive Green Uniform. 

Dr. R. R. Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,

Ex – Number  MS-8466  CAPTAIN  AMC/SSC

Medical Officer South Column Operation Eagle

Headquarters Establishment No. 22  C/O  56  APO

http://bhavanajagat.wordpress.com/2007/09/22/a-sermon-in-kaptai-bangladesh/

 

SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE – WHOLE NIRVANA

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I belong to ‘The Land of Gautama Buddha’ and I had whole heartedly pledged my support to His Holiness Dalai Lama and to the people of his Land and I firmly believe that we should seek and give our support for a ‘ FREE TIBET ‘.
 

 

  

 

  

Buddham Saranam Gachhami  

Dhammam Saranam Gachhami  

Sangham Saranam Gachhami 

 

 

  

 

 

This entry is dedicated to the loving memory of those brave men who had sacrificed their lives while nurturing fond hopes to win freedom for TIBET and they cherished a dream to preserve the Tibetan Identity.

For India is the Land of Gautama Buddha, we have a duty to defend Tibetan Identity.

 

Pradesh.State of Andhrainfluence of Buddha on our hearts and minds.Acharya Nagarjuna,another great Teacher lived in the present  India is the blessed Land where Lord Gautama Buddha had lived and preached.His great compassion and noble qualities made a great impact on our character and our identity as Indians.The symbols such as the National Flag and the National Emblem that we have chosen to represent us speak volumes about the long-lasting

  

I had the good fortune to visit Buddhist temples known as ” GOMPAS ” and got acquainted with the Buddhist religious traditions for over four years while I lived with Tibetan Buddhists.I had also visited Tibetan Camps at Bylakuppe and Mundgod in the State of Karnataka.In December 1974,when I had arrived in Secunderabad,I thought that I am posted to a military station away from my camp life with Buddhists.The motto of our military formation in Secunderabad is ” BASH ON REGARDLESS “.I reached Secunderabad from the Himalayan frontier with the hope that I could bring my wife and my daughter from Kadapa where they had been living while I was serving at a field location where families are not permitted to live.As I arrived at my new Unit,the first thing that I was told was that I need to immediately proceed on an exercise and that I am not allowed to bring my family to Secunderabad as my services are urgently needed for the exercise.I dutifully took my place in a military convoy and after a few hours my vehicle went past the government quarters where my parents lived while my father worked as Principal of the Nagarjuna Government College in NALGONDA.I reached the exercise location near NAGARJUNA SAGAR and that was my first visit to that area even though I had lived in Andhra Pradesh for a fairly long time.I took the opportunity to visit the historical site of Acharya Nagarjuna’s ‘VIHARA’.Buddha had left his wife and son in the middle of the night and abandoned his life of comfort in a royal palace as he desired to find the “TRUTH”.I had no intention to travel in the foot steps of Gautama Buddha,but I chose to stay away from my family if that could help His followers to reclaim their lost possessions and preserve their identity.Even today when I look back,I do not regret the time I spent away from my family and my mission to support Tibetan Buddhists was indeed a serious one.I was willing to put my life on-line if that could make a difference in the lives of those Buddhists who needed my services.I want to share the following essay which was published in ‘The Ann Arbor News’ on Thursday,October 14,1999 and hopefully this essay may convey you the passion with which I had served to support the followers of Gautama Buddha: 

  

DON’T NEGLECT TIBET FOR THE SAKE OF MAKING MONEY IN CHINA 

The United States-China relationship has naturally come under a critical review because of the nuclear espionage charges.It is irrelevant if China has actually benefited from the sensitive information that the U.S. has lost.What is far more important is the fact that the U.S. has lost its ability to keep sensitive information secure. 

Presidential candidate George W.Bush has very correctly pointed out that the U.S. needs to prepare against a potential military threat that China might pose. 

A review of the U.S.-China bilateral relationship should take us back 30 years to the time it actually began.The relationship,from the beginning,has no solid foundation.In spite of the huge trade and commerce relationship that the U.S. built up with China over these years,there is a basic lack of trust. 

The reason for this mistrust is political.The Chinese political system derives its strength from the ideology of communism.The U.S. essentially adheres to the values of democracy,freedom and liberty. 

China, as of today, is not a free society.Its political philosophy does not inspire us and is not trustworthy.Whatever the U.S. business investments may be,whatever the market reforms that China has introduced in recent times may be, there is a huge gap in terms of our political ideologies. 

Communism and democracy cannot become good partners in a bilateral relationship. 

The reason that I believe would end the U.S.-China bilateral relationship is the problem of Tibet. 

The identity of Tibetan people could not be destroyed by all these years of Chinese oppression.The passion of Tibetan people for their freedom could not be subdued by prolonged, brutal occupation. Tibetan people are brave and courageous. They are willing to pay the price to regain their land and liberate it. They have the strength, will power and commitment to achieve this goal. 

I witnessed this fact when I marched with hundreds of Tibetans through dense inhospitable forests for three months some years ago. 

This was not a camping expedition.We had sick people and severely injured people who were sent to hospitals.We had beautiful people who lost their lives in those remote forests and they lay buried or cremated there. Their sacrifices are etched into my memory. 

The only reason for taking that risk to suffer loss of life is the issue of winning back Tibetan freedom. 

I also had an opportunity to speak with hundreds of Tibetan boys.Each one of them had a clear idea of their national identity and a compelling desire to win their freedom even if they had to pay for it with their lives. 

The U.S. should understand that the issue of Tibet is not going to fade away. 

When China occupied Tibet, the U.S. sent its citizens to help these people to plan their resistance.The U.S. sent tons and tons of supplies to aid their struggle. U.S. did not cover itself in glory when it withdrew this support it gave to Tibetans. The U.S. personnel were withdrawn and the aid dried up. That was an intensely painful moment for people like me who were then living with Tibetan people.
 

All of us had an understanding of the event that led the U.S. to backstab the Tibetan people. The U.S. sacrificed the freedom of the Tibetan people in its quest for establishing bilateral ties with communist China. 

Thirty years after this betrayal, the United States should reevaluate the basic principles for which it stands today. The U.S. flag has been always a symbol of freedom. The issue is not that of containment of China.The issue is not that of engagement of China.The real issue is that of the freedom of the Tibetan people. We need to stand up for our own fundamental values and do the right thing.
  
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham,
Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,
M.B.B.S., Class of April, 1970.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE – WHOLE HOSPITALITY

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The war memorial at Walong, Arunachal Pradesh
 

   

  

I had the wonderful opportunity to serve in North East Frontier Agency after Indian Army's victory in Bangladesh. I had camped at Walong visiting troops.

 

A view from a hill top near Walong, Arunachal Pradesh.

 

During 1962 Chinese aggression Indian Army had valiantly resisted the enemy's attack in a historical battle at Namti Plains, near Walong, Arunachal Pradesh.

 

Suspension bridge across Lohit River near Chigwinti, Arunachal Pradesh.

 

This is a picture taken at Headquarters 'D' Sector, prior to my visit to Chigwinti, and Walong. I am seen here along with Major Deedar Singh, the Unit Adjutant, and Captain Roop Singh an Assistant Company Commander standing in the middle.

 

This entry is dedicated to the memory of those brave men who gave their precious lives fighting the massive Chinese aggression in 1962.I experienced the traditional Indian hospitality at a forward Company location in Arunachal Pradesh(North East Frontier Agency) and my memories are fresh after a lapse of nearly 35 years and the reason is that I still feel the same passion to serve our men who fight for our country.    

In 1962 while the Chinese attacked India, I was a first year student studying for a Bachelor of Science degree(3 year degree course) at Government Giriraj Arts College, Nizamabad, Andhra Pradesh. India was taken aback by this unprovoked and unexpected invasion across the Himalayan Frontier.There was a spontaneous reaction from people across our nation. Nizamabad was no exception and the Giriraj students took out a procession to condemn the enemy. I was not a student leader but I was the son of the Principal of the College. That placed me in the very first row of students who led the procession. At that time, I did not visualize myself that I would be wearing the Olive Green Indian Army Uniform. By year 1972, I had completed two years of service in Indian Army and the great moment in my life arrived when I stood before the War Memorial in WALONG. The following verses were inscribed on it:    

The sentinel hills that round us stand    

bear witness that we loved our land.    

Amidst shattered rocks and flaming pine    

We fought and died on Namti Plain.    

 O Lohit, gently by us glide    

pale stars above us softly shine    

as we sleep here in sun and rain.    

Let us keep our collective memory afresh and pay tribute to these loyal sons of our land.    

THE TRADITION OF HOSPITALITY IN INDIA :    

Hospitality is a fairly popular tradition for a variety of cultures across our globe. In India the tradition was well established a long time ago and we elevated it to a degree which may not be seen anywhere else in this world. The Vedic statement ” Athiti Devo Bhava ” is a thought that was expressed only in our land. The word ‘Athiti’ defines the guest as a person who could show up at your home without a prior notice or formal invitation and on a day and time of his own choice. Our literature is full of stories about this great tradition of hospitality and the episode described in the story of MAHA BHARATA shows the importance of preserving this tradition. Princess Draupadi was overwhelmed by the arrival of a large number of guests , while she and the Pandava brothers lost their kingdom and were living in the forest. She did not want to fail in her duty of being a good hostess. She was desperate and she met this challenge by earnestly praying to Lord Krishna. Upholding the principle of hospitality is very important to Lord Krishna and He gracefully provided the help Draupadi needed to serve her guests in accordance with our DHARMA(Right Conduct). Her adherence to the tradition of hospitality truly defines the Indian Identity.    

Most of you would have experienced some act of hospitality or the other and I want to narrate a simple act of hospitality that I had experienced at CHINGAWANTY ( or CHIGWINTI ) in Arunachal Pradesh and would take this opportunity to speak of my memorable experience at this forward Company location and describe this as our Indian Identity.    

THE TRADITION OF HOSPITALITY AT CHINGAWANTY ( CHIGWINTI ) :    

The Company Commander Major.G B Valenkar was the recipient of VIR CHAKRA award for his role in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 and at that time we had worked together in the same Unit. He had briefed me about the traditional hospitality of the men of his Company. Before the dinner was served, he told me that the men would continue to serve food till such time I would announce that I am fully satiated and that I need no further servings. Then,they would bring one more final serving to ensure that I am truly satiated and well fed. I wanted to test them and find out for myself their devotion to their hospitality tradition. After dinner was announced, I mentioned my preference for bread. Instead of ‘chapatis’, I told them that I would like to be served with ‘purees’to go with my meal. The dishes were served piping hot and the purees were made one after the other and a fresh serving would arrive just before I would finish the previous serving. The food was delicious and the mountain weather was cool and refreshing and I was young and had a healthy appetite.  I continued eating while having a pleasant conversation with Major.Valenkar and after several servings, the man stood before me respectfully and had asked me to grant him some additional time before he could bring forth the next serving. He mentioned that the cook had run out of the dough he had prepared for the evening meal. I responded saying that I really need no further servings and asked him not to bother about preparing more dough. The man submitted that it would not be fair on my part to stop him at that juncture and stated that I could only stop him from serving only at a time when he is  able to provide more servings. In Indian tradition, the guest is also expected to give his host a reasonable opportunity to fulfill his obligation and the host has also a right to derive a sense of satisfaction by observing the rules of hospitality. I had to concede and in a little while, he resumed his service. After eating to my heart’s content, I had told him that I am really satiated. He agreed to bring in the final serving and he passed in the test and he did not give up until he made sure that I am fed till such time that I am fully fed.    

I am speaking of this hearty meal to just give you a chance to taste the passion that keeps us united and we relished the opportunity to serve our land and defend its traditions.    

Annam Brahma raso Vishnu robhaktaa Devo Maheswarah    

Yevam samchintya bhumjaano,drushti doshie ranlipyatey.    

The above verse is asking us to consider both, the meal, and the guest who is partaking the meal as God.   

Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham,    

Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,    

M.B.B.S.,  Class  of  April,  1970.