The patriot drama being played in Delhi University (DU) has not only shocked the family of martyr Captain Mandeep Singh in Jalandhar but hundreds of others too whose family members were killed in terrorist attacks or while guarding the nation on the international border.
Questioning of martyrdom is like opening old wounds for the war widows and other family members who slipped into the painful past and demanded a befitting reply to the people making political capital out of the DU controversy.
Brigadier Amarjit Singh Minhas terms the development as anti-martyr as the supreme sacrifice made by Captain Mandeep Singh was questioned 18 years after his daughter held responsible war instead of Pakistan for her father's death.
"This is unfortunate that the supreme sacrifice made by the offices and jawans is being questioned by the politicians for very narrow interests and that too on certain remarks made by a 21-year-old girl. It is very disturbing for the ex-servicemen," Brigadier Minhas said.
Minhas said the controversy may have serious consequences as the questioning of martyrdom will have a bearing on the moral of offices and jawans.
"I feel it is totally out of context. The debate should be brought to an end and respect should be given to captain Mandeep and not be penalised for a small remark made by his daughter," Minhas said.
WAR WIDOWS GIVE BEFITTING REPLY
Announcing support for Mandeep Singh's daughter Gurmehar Kaur, war widows living in Jalandhar said they were shattered by the political patriotic war being played in Delhi University.
"The debate has saddened me. Terrorists are sent by Pakistan, which is responsible for the death of my husband," Rajwinder Kaur, widow of Nayak Kulwinder Singh, who was awarded Sena Medal after he was killed in a terror attack in Arnia sector in 2014, said.
Another war widow Kulwinder Kaur, whose husband Tirath Singh was martyrd in a terror attack at Sambha in 2003, demanded a befitting reply for those politicising the issue.
"Those who are politicising the martyrdom should be given a befitting reply. Only those who have lost someone can value the sacrifice," Kulwinder Kaur said.
"Those who are debating the martyrdom should return my husband. I don't want any money. I will make ends meet by begging," another widow Satwinder Kaur said. She lost her husband Devinder Singh in a terrorist attack reported in Machhil Sector in August 2016, and is still waiting for the pension documents from 17 Sikh Rifles.
KARGIL MARTYR'S BROTHER SAYS POLITICS HAS DEGRADED THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
"I lost my brother in the Kargil war. They promised us heaven after the war was over but the politics dragged me to the Supreme Court. Nobody knows the pain of penury and hardships which a martyr's family faces. Politics over sacrifices will only discourage the future generations from joining forces," Kuldeep Singh, brother of Daljeet Singh who was martyred in Kargil in July 1999 said.