Men in olive amid heightened tension along the Line of Control, are more vigilant and standing tall amidst Diwali be celebrated with enthusiasm and peacefully across the country.
The ‘festival of lights’ is being celebrated across the country with enthusiasm but Indian Army jawans are keeping hawk’s eye on borders and have intensified vigil so that the celebrations pass off peacefully.
Besides, guarding borders, soldiers have also geared up to celebrate the festival on their own happily irrespective of caste, colour and religion despite living miles away from families.
‘Nation First’?the only religion they represent?jawans feel that though families miss them on festivals but they are more bonded with their colleagues and subordinates, with whom they share every moment of life while being on duty when in service.
“We are standing tall, maintaining vigil, ready to face any challenge and give befitting reply to the enemy but at the same time, festivity keeps us in an upbeat mood, which refreshes and energises us time to time,” a soldier added.
“The celebration however, is not a mega affair due to our presence on the borders but the senior officers, never let us feel like ‘missing something’ as they visit every post with wishes and sweets,” he added and said, “we are on duty and celebrate festivals with fervour”.
However, with an onset of winter, incidents of infiltration may be on rise from Rajouri and Poonch sectors as passes close with heavy snowfall but the soldiers are geared up to give effective reply to the enemy try to play spoilsport.
“Sense of responsibility motivates us to remain strong in tough conditions,” he asserted.
“We are not celebrating the festival with our families but we are happy that the countrymen will be celebrating it happily and safely because we maintain vigil on every unwanted movement on borders,” said another jawan.
With the apprehensions that jittery Pakistan may continue to breach the truce, the heightened tensions along the LoC and the IB as well may not let the army jawans to enjoy the Diwali cerebrations.
In the years 2014 and 2015, the Armies on both the sides did not exchange sweets on the occasion of Diwali due to repeated ceasefire violations.
On Monday, Indian and Pakistani Armies exchanged sweets in Poonch sector but later in the evening, the neighbour fired unprovoked and violated the ceasefire in Rajouri in which one of the Army jawans suffered injuries.