Shaheed Subedar Bhanwar Singh Rathore
whose owner would never return
Behsana (Rajasthan), July 8 (Agencies) - A typical “fauji” house stands out
against the usual structures in this village, waiting for its owner who
would never come back.
A “well-brassoed” name-plate on the
entrance that reads “Sub Bhanwar Singh Rathore Arty”, Old Monk bottles
stacked up in a niche, gleaming defence mementoes neatly displayed in the
drawing room, a scooter with a stepney that reads “army” in bold letters,
several pictures of uniformed figures... Well, it is a “real” armyman’s
house, but when one walks into it, the realisation dawns that something
Hushed whispers tell you that the
second generation fauji owner, who dug deep into his life-long savings
to build his house as a labour of love, would never come back to his “ghar”
A shell from a Pakistani artillery
gun tore open the entrails of Subedar Bhanwar Singh Rathore of 1871 medium
artillery regiment in Kargil sector on June 17.
That was 44 days before he was to
put on the olive green uniform for the last time, get a warm send-off from
his unit, and return home at this village in Pali district of Rajasthan
and prepare for his daughter’s wedding. July 31 would have been a new beginning
for him and he would lead a peaceful, retired life thereafter.
Rathore was in a great hurry to return
home to get his three daughters married. Even his family was impatiently
awaiting his home-coming, but fate willed otherwise.
His brother Lance Naik Girdhari Singh
of Rajputana Rifles is at a loss to understand how he would face the responsibility
his brother has left him with. “He was the elder brother and I never had
to worry about anything. I don't know how I will fulfil his responsibilities,”
L/Nk Singh says.
Sub Rathore's only son Bhawani Singh,
21, is working in Surat with a private company and is not available to
take care of his mother and grandmother, the responsibility of looking
after whom was soon to fall on his father.
Courtesy: The Hindustan Times News Service