THE LIFE OF A SOLDIER
The life of a soldier is based on discipline and sacrifice. The man remains far away from his home and family far most of the year. His salary is not high. In any war he has to make the greatest sacrifices. Seldom has he time to pay personal attention to the growth and education of his children. His wife, father and mother see him only during the holidays.
When the war breaks out, everybody is called up to do his duty to the nation; as Nelson said about his country, “England excepts every Englishmen to do his duty”. This is true of all countries. It was Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri who coined the slogan, “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” during the war with Pakistan in 1965.
The discipline in the life of a soldier is most remarkable and most admirable. What we lack in most in India today is the want to discipline. We admire the soldier for his quality of discipline. Our students have become indulging in all kinds of violence, and they can be made to learn some discipline by bringing in armymen to manage schools and colleges. It look’s we are going that way in the near future.
A soldier is the watch dog of the nation and is ever ready to perform any duty with which he may entrusted, even at the cost of his life. His life is very hard and he obeys any order that may be given to him. Lord Tennyson has summed the life of a soldier in his most memorable and immortal poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”:-
Theirs’ not make reply.
Theirs’ not to reason why.
Theirs’ but to do and die.