Indian soldiers killed in Sudan fought valiantly: UN Asst Secretary General

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    Indian soldiers killed in Sudan fought valiantly: UN Assistant Secretary General to NDTV | NDTV.com

    United Nations Assistant Secretary General Tony Banbury has praised the bravery of Indian jawans killed while fighting rebels in South Sudan earlier this month. The soldiers were part of a UN peacekeeping mission.

    "The morale of the Indian soldiers is very high. I was able to visit the affected contingent today and met the Commanding Officer. He told us that the morale of the soldiers was very high. These soldiers fought valiantly in the face of this unprovoked ambush, they were dramatically outnumbered... about 200 attackers to 35 soldiers and they fought very greatly. All the soldiers fought back," Mr Banbury told NDTV.

    "The killings would have been much worse had it not been for the bravery of these soldiers. I think they ought to feel very proud of what they have done even though they are all devastated by the loss of the five UN peacekeepers," he added.

    The Indian Army personnel, including a Lieutenant Colonel, were killed and four others were injured when their 32-member convoy was ambushed by armed men in Gurmuck in the volatile state of Jonglei in South Sudan. Their bodies arrived in India on Thursday.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed anguish over the killing of the five peacekeepers. "I pay tributes to our brave soldiers," Dr Singh said in his condolence message to the bereaved families.

    There are around 2,200 Indian Army personnel comprising two battalions, one based in Jonglei and the other in Malakkal, Upper Nile, on the border with Sudan.

    Since South Sudan got independence in July 2011, it has witnessed ethnic strife, with Pibor county, the main base of UN peacekeeping force, being the centre of much of the violence.

    India is a major contributor to UN peacekeeping forces around the world. Mr Banbury today said that the UN cannot function without the contribution of Indian peacekeepers.
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    Proud of our brave heroes. Again RIP. India needs a central war monument - something similar to Chennai Victory war memorial but at a bigger scale with more real estate - where all the soldiers' names who lost their lives in different wars are carved out with a brief history about them.
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    we are proud of you, may god shower his best blessing on your soul.
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    You will be remembered.
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    RIP valiant soldiers, you make all od us Indians proud wherever you are.
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    RIP to the brave soldiers ...
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    RIP. I hope their families are taken care of. Which rebels are these that attacked them in South Sudan ?
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    u mean like arlington ?

    the difference is indians prefer to cremate the dead......since most of the martyrs would be either hindus or sikhs who cremate their dead, this idea is impractical.....

    what we can have is a memorial kind of structure where after each soldier is martyred his name would be engraved on the walls there.......
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    The Indian Armed Forces have been fighting for erecting a war memorial in Central Delhi since the last 10 years for all the martyrs who have laid down their lives for the country, but these bloody politicians and bureaucrats have been consistently stonewalling the issue.

    The Rajiv Gandhi memorial occupies a mind boggling 12.19 acres of land constructed at a cost of around Rs 22 crores at 1994 rates, probably equivalent to more than Rs 100 crores today! And our worthies at the helm come up with lame excuses for not constructing a war memorial that would occupy less than half an acre in memory of the men who gave their today for our tomorrow!!

    I think our netas have lost it. We have become a banana republic.
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    Bro - not like Arlington or Madras war cemetry. I knew this question would arise and wanted to clarify it but my attenion got diverted briefly and I posted it. The lastline what you mentioned was in my mind especially Vietnam veterans memorial in DC where 50,000 odd soldiers' names were etched in the wall.
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    It is a crying shame these plans have been as yet unrecognized.



    GoI-MAKE IT HAPPEN!!
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    May the soul of deceased soldiers rest in peace....
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    brother do you watch news!! the families of kargil martyr's have still not received the peice of land that they deserved from GOI in orissa , there is a huge scam involved , what do you expect out of these b@!stards .