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August 06, 2007


Sorry to hear about Colonel Vasanth. Hope your brother is coping with the loss as best as is possible (and you too).

Indeed, only a few wars are just, most are not. Ordering soldiers to the front is a decision I am glad I will likely never make. Rare is the commander-in-chief who feels a deep and genuine empathy for the lives he puts at risk, knowing exactly what it is like to live for months and years in great physical discomfort (I saw the Indian Army camps in the snowy mountains near Nathu-la pass, close to the Chinese border in Sikkim), under constant fear of violent death, and what each death means to family and friends.

It seems that Col. Vasanth was one such person. It is quite rare for such a high-ranking officer, and that too a battalion commanding officer, to be directly involved in the gun battles.

I didn't know you had been near the Nathu-La pass. My brother has spent time there as well as in Siachen.

Colonel Vasanth in the news:

The Ashok Chakra, which is the peace time equivalent of the Param Vir Chakra, has been awarded posthumously to Colonel Vasanth Venugopal, Captain Harshan and Naib Subedar Chunni Lal.

The radio operator who accompanied Col Vasant, Lance Naik Bachhav Shashikant Ganpat, has been also awarded the Shaurya Chakra. Both laid down their lives in a bid to capture infiltrating terrorists from across LoC in Uri Sector on July 31, 2007.

The martyred Colonel killed three terrorists himself before he succumbed to his injuries.

More stories here, here, and here.

My heart and prayers are with you and your entire family and country. How brave and honorable your Colonel Vasanth was. I am privileged to know your Aunt, Uncle and cousins here in the USA the Govindaraj family and hear their pain and sorrow for you all.
God Bless you All

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