It is often said,
“with great power comes great responsibilities”
This quote is perfectly suitable for our soldiers who hold the responsibility for the security of our nation on their shoulders. No matter what the weather or situation be, they never give any excuses and tirelessly work for the nation. Today I’m going to tell you a story about one such soldier who was once a militant but later joined the Indian Army. Yes, he joined the army and served the nation with utmost respect until his very last breath. His sacrifices were recognized by the government and he was awarded the “Ashok Chakra” this year on Republic Day. Ashok Chakra is India’s highest peacetime gallantry award and he became the first Kashmiri to be awarded this honor. This is the story of “Lance Naik Nazir Wani”, a militant turned patriot. He was a resident of Cheki Ashmuji of Kulgam district in Jammu and Kashmir and died during a fierce gunfight on 25th November last year.
Lance Naik Nazim Wani was once a militant. In his young age, he was misguided in the valley and ended up participating in the launching attacks of security forces.
In 2004 he surrendered with his weapons and joined the Indian Army. He was recruited in the 162nd battalion of the territorial army – Jammu and Kashmir light infantry, from where he started a new journey of “a militant to a patriot”. Ahmad Wani was also honored with Sena Medal for gallantry twice in 2007 and 2018. The 2018 Sena Medal was bestowed on him for eliminating a terrorist from a very close range.
On November 25 last year, Lancer Naik Wani was participating in an operation against six terrorists in Hirapur village near Batgund in the Kashmir valley. The information talked about a mixed group of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist who took shelter in a house. In an intense gun battle, Wani courageously eliminated the commander of Laskar-e-Taiba and a foreign terrorist. In the battle, he was hit by several bullets including some that pierced his head but sustaining that injury he managed to injure another terrorist before perishing. This truly portrays the amount of dedication he had for his nation. He set an example for millions of people that no matter what you were in your past, the major point is how can you make your life productive in the present. Being the part of the Indian army, serving the nation and getting wrapped in the respect of martyrdom is the best life he could have imagined.
We salute his spirit and also salute the Indian Army for accepting everyone who wishes to serve the country.
Written by: Shivansh Mehrotra