The life of a soldier is based on selflessness and sacrifice. The man remains far away from his home and family most of the year. His salary is not high. In any war he has to make the greatest sacrifice. Seldom he has time to pay personal attention to the growth and education of his children. His wife, father and mother see him any during the annual holidays.
When the war breaks out, everybody is called up to do his duty to the nation; as Nelson had said about his country. “England expects every Englishman to do his duty” This is true of all the 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 the most remarkable and the most admirable. This is the kind of discipline which everyone in India needs today. What we lack most in India to day is the want of discipline. We admire the soldiers for his quality. Our students have become rowdies including in all kinds of violence, and then can learn some discipline by bringing in army men to manage schools and colleges. It looks we are going that way in the near future.
A soldier is the watch dog of the nation and is ready to perform any duty with which he may be 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 to make reply
Theirs’ not to reason why,
Theirs’ but to do and die.