The Pulwama Attack
The February 14, 2019 will be remembered for other reasons. It’s a moment to remember our valiant CRPF personnel who face adversity each day from weather, terrorists etc. risking every moment of their lives to keep us safe.
Let us all take some time out in the memory of those who have sacrificed their lives to keep the country’s flag flying high and its entire people safe.
In the late 80s, I spoke to a friend who is working in a public sector bank in Surankot branch in the Poonch district. Most of the people he interacted with are from the defense forces. Curfews were common and there were random power shut downs that took many hours to return. The days were cold and nights colder. Above all, on a clear night one could hear and see exchange of fire across the line of control (LOC). Troop movements happened all the time. It sounded exciting, something out of a war movie on the telephone that cut off a dozen times during the call. He had the luxury of his home; our brave soldiers lived in the trenches along the LOC. I spoke to him on February 14; he is now in senior management steering the digital bank of the future. He did mention things have not changed much in Surankot
The defense and para military forces have good organisation, are meticulous in planning and disciplined in execution. The forces trains them to be strong both mentally and physically. In situations like Pulwama, they may have to toe policies that may not be very conducive,at times. In this case, the road that the convoy was moving was open to civilians. In addition, the weather conditions were uncertain. Treacherous roads, slow moving traffic, poor visibility - the terrorists cleverly exploited these vulnerabilities. More than 40 brave soldiers had to sacrifice their lives as a result. The events that have unfolded since almost brought the countries to the brink of war. The return of Wing Commander Abhinandan gave the nation a sense of relief.
I believe each one of us must visit a place along the LOC or make a trip to Siachen Glacier to experience a day in the life of a soldier. Words can’t express their life.
When we have just settled down with the thought that everything is in perfect control; the project turns 180 degrees. This is when we have to be strong physically and mentally to handle disruptions. Spraying bullets wildly as a response is by far the easiest immediate response. This is counterproductive. A detailed fact-based root cause analysis with close confidants is a good strategy to start with. The outcome of which should give us enough facts to decide on the future course. If managing a project is tough, think of a soldier on the LOC or on the Siachen Glacier. That’s enough motivation to move forward with a renewed strength.
Hats off to our Soldiers.
Thanks and Best Wishes
Tanish Mathur, PMP, PMI-ACP