Yesterday I was in Hindon Air Force base for the funeral of 5 Brave Air Warriors of 77 Squadron who were involved in the recent air crash. Amongst them was our dear late Wg Cdr P Joshi (Late Wg Cdr Prashant Joshi was Son of Veteran Gp Capt Ashok Joshi and Son-in-law of Veteran Wg Cdr SU “Suzy” Apte both ace Fighter pilots now settled at pune. late WgCdr Joshi leaves behind his wife Sqn Ldr (retd) Anita Joshi and two small children of age 8 and 2. late Wg Cdr Joshi was cleared for Promotion to next Rank as Gp Capt and was slated to take over as CO of No 77 Sqn equipped with Hercules Super 130J ) It was a very sad moment. The Station arranged their farewell with honour and dignity they truly deserved. The loss of so many from a squadron is unthinkable. The Squadron officers proudly saluted their comrades knowing very well they have lost the best.
What hurt most was that not ONE representative of the Min of Defence was present nor any had the decency to drive down to Hindon to pay the Brave their last respect. Not one from the politician class could find time for the same. Only Gen VK Singh was there. This can happen only in our country. This hurts a lot especially to veterans like us. Only soldiers, no matter what color,country or language they speak, understand the final respect a comrade deserves.
I cry when I think about those uniformed men and women and the lives they have affected by their ultimate sacrifice. May they all rest in peace with other comrades in arm
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