I saw him fight that night
Not against an enemy at front
But a few unreasonable minds
Bent upon degrading
Things and values
He held uppermost
As love of nation was being termed
'Forced nationalism '
And shouting abusive slogans
Against one's own motherland
Was being justified
In the name of freedom
Of expression .
Even the emblem of national honour
Was made a topic of heated debate.
And the veteran soldier's heart
Could no longer contain
His sorely injured feelings
At the most unsavoury reasoning
Offered by the so called liberals
And we saw him react and burst ,
Pour out his anguished heart
Like a thunderbolt at first,
Then shouting with a lump in the throat
And helpless tears at last
His voice silenced all
And made everyone realize
That he was in earnest to react
And express his strong feelings
With that unusual.retort .
That the nation and its honour
Are over and above all else
Are the succour we all live by
For who lives if the country is dead
And who dies so long as it is alive .!