10 years ago i watched Burkha Dutt shiver when ever a shell was fired from the Bofors, Barrel launchers being fired from an amazing 4km distance which used to hit the peak of the Tiger hills with amazing precision. A cold and a tense night that followed on 4th July captured the imagination of the entire nation. It was on this momentous day that the Tiger Hills at Kargil was captured from enemies.
Life has changed a lot since then. But when ever one sees the visuals of the Bofors firing right in front of the Tiger hills next to the NH1 or watching the below video, one gets to know the true meaning of fear and value for life. As the Jawan says in the interview, when he faces the enemy its a flash that appears in front of him. It has all the frames of his childhood, love, happiness. But that stays on for a fraction of a second as he realizes its the call for duty and if not at that moment then the very existence of the jawans is of no use. These words give an insight into the thought process of Indian soldiers and every time i see that i get goosebumps.
It was a classic War Journalism with lots of emotions and fearless reporting. It gave some of the most memorable shots of the war. The following video is an extract from the interview which Barkha took during the night of the assault.