“We won’t celebrate Valentine day, our Jawans lost lives Today last year”, Say Indore students

While some people are celebrating Valentine’s day across India, Indore students have refused to celebrate it as today is the 1st anniversary of a gruesome Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans lost their lives, so Indore students strongly oppose Valentine’s Day celebration. Students say India can never forget the martyrdom of the security personnel killed in a cowardly attack that occurred on 14 February last year. 

Several students are set to pay homage to the brave jawans who lost their lives in the gruesome Pulwama Attack last year. They believe that paying tribute to Pulwama Martyrs is more important than celebrating Valentine’s day. Indore students also urge other students to come forward to pay homage to our soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the nation instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day.

They also say that they are not going to buy any greeting cards pertaining to Valentine’s Day celebration. Other students should also get inspiration from these students who think that India should mark the first anniversary of the Pulwama attack rather than celebrating Valentine’s day. Indore students believe that no celebration should take place in Indore City on Valentine’s Day because the Army and the interest of the Nation are paramount for them. But they also say that they are not against love rather they respect love but they believe that 14 February is a black day for India.

A cowardly terror attack took place in Pulwama on 14 February 2019 when a CRPF convoy was assaulted by a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) suicide bomber, who rammed an IED-laden vehicle into one of the trucks. As many as 40 CRPF personnel were killed in that attack. The terror attack took the nation by a shock.

Jaish-e-Mohammed had later released a video of the terrorist who launched an attack on the convoy and also claimed responsibility for the brutal attack that disturbed the moods of entire India. There was outrage across the nation and everyone was demanding revenge against Pakistan for the Pulwama terror attack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi clearly said, “I feel the same fire in my heart that’s raging inside you”. He also said, “all tears will be avenged and the armed forces have been given full freedom to decide the place, time, intensity and nature of the retaliation against the enemy”.

Just 12 days after the terror attack, On February 26, the Indian Air Force fighter jets struck the Jaish-e-Mohammed’s Balakot terror training camp, using Mirage 2000 fighters equipped with SPICE 2000 satellite-guided bombs.

Several people consider Valentine’s day a black day because on this day our 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred in a terror attack and many people also urge the union government to make it officially a day to commemorate Pulwama Martyrs’ Day every year on February 14.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.