Being a soldier for a nation desperate to prove that he has failed

As Balakot surgical strike is going to be alive, at least till elections are around, I am unable to escape from reading social media posts about it from some of the smartest people of my nation.

Though I am not in a position to accept or deny existence or success/failure of surgical strike with cent percent certainty, this episode has made me sure about something else.

I am absolutely sure that no nation on the planet is as keen or desperate to fail as the country called India.

The amount of intellectual energy that Indian intelligentsia has invested in looking for evidences to prove failure of surgical strike is so incredible that their failure-hunger needs to be explored to look for an explanation for this undoubtedly unique Indian talent.

Let us differentiate this quest of desperation from our standard hatred for the state that stems from systemic inefficiencies and corruption that are in front of us.

Balakot is not here for us to see to be sure of its failure by any stretch. 

Unfortunately, for some mysterious reason, Imran Khan has also not invited our 150 + scientists, 600 + theatre artists, 200 + academicians and various other experts for a tea to Balakot to help them confirm and celebrate failure of the strike. And yet, the social media is filled to the brim with Indian Sherlock Holms offering conclusions about its failure.

If we look honestly at Balakot, with the level of information available, it offers convenience of choosing either of the option of success and failure, and yet India has enough countrymen not only opting for failure but are so desperate that they are ready to go to any extreme in looking for evidence from anywhere, even from Pakistan to proclaim failure of their nation in an act of aggression.

From psychological perspective, this desire to look for failure really needs exploration as, when there is reasonable opportunity available, people should be choosing the option that makes them feel good and not the one that makes them feel bad.

So, there is only one possibility that can explain the choice, i.e. failure feels good to a given set of Indians.

If it sounds weird, in reality it is not, as loving failure is a lot common than what it seems. If one needs to make one’s life simple, accepting failure is a path of least resistance. It is a state of mind that offers a great comfort, especially if one can assign the cause of failure to someone or something else.

All the Indians trying really hard to prove that their nation has failed are comfortably satiating their failure-hunger because they have delinked themselves from the state. Working hard to prove failure of their own nation is not a source of discomfort for them because they see that failure as a success of their ideology.

As an intellectual musing, this is a great subject to explore, but there is something more real here, and that needs urgent cognisance by the entire nation if it wants to remain a nation.

Failed or successful, surgical strike meant that some really young Indians had to fly across a hostile border and face death. Such acts of valour are possible only when these young men know that there is a nation rooting for their success.

No solider can lay down his life for a nation that is desperately looking to prove that he has failed. And lot worse is when he sees a nation desperately looking for evidence to prove that he is a potential liar.

So, to all my extremely intelligent friends out there looking at international media and even Pakistan with hope that Balakot has failed, I have a simple prayer.

A nation can survive only when guarded fiercely by its soldiers. India needs its armed forces and wants them to be confident that there is a nation standing behind them praying for their success and not for their failure.

I am happy to admit that I have managed surviving till now with minimum effort as all my intellect has be used to avoid doing anything meaningful. As I needed to while all the free time I generated in course of being lazy, science has been my favorite muse that I have enjoyed company of. As an effort to kill time (in a way, to get even with it) one fine day I decided to write a science column, more for my personal amusement than to attract readers. After getting educated about the attention span of modern readers from my editor, it became more like a challenge to tackle esoteric subjects in 600 words that I have managed to remain interested in for more than a year now. I do not want to add my worldly profile here as these are ideas that need to be considered only on the merits they carry and not as an opinion of a certain human being.

2 comments on “Being a soldier for a nation desperate to prove that he has failed

  1. Dharmendra Sharma

    Dear Sameer bhai we are a set of very average people who are selfish self centered and very very selfish as a nation .. I remember when we were young and had to move at a drop of a hat without any advance notice without reservations with our 2nd Ac warrant and approach the TT we were asked for a dollar (a name for a bottle of rum ) if you could give a dollar you could get a reservation i donot deny we were also at fault becoz we obliged as distances for traveling were really very big … incase one decided not to oblige one had to travel in a general compartment with an AC warrant . Seldom was aTT helpful… but things changed during Kargil people changed for sometime they collected money in the name of the soldier they collected blood for the soldier … but the moment the euphoria ended things were the same as before . The intelligentsia and others asking silly questions is there for them But as a soldier “I can only say ours is not to question why we are here to do and die.”


    • Sir,
      We civilians of this nation have overdrawn heavily from the account of our soldiers who, by tradition, training and professionalism have never asked for anything in return. About time we start realising that there is no nation if there is no soldier.


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