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Olive green shines amidst tragedy

india Updated: Jun 27, 2013 02:27 IST
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In Uttarakhand to buoy the morale of his personnel after the crash of the chopper on Tuesday, IAF chief MAK Browne said "Rotors won't stop, we owe it to our men who died. NDRF, ITBP and our men have done an outstanding job."

Indeed, the armed forces have done an exemplary job in the flood ravaged Himalayan state, tirelessly performing search and rescue operations and evacuation sorties in Guptkashi, Kedarnath, Gaurikund, Harhsil and other places. ( Read more: Army aviators dare weather )

In fact, this is one of the biggest ever rescue operation mounted by the armed forces in the country.

A child is rescued from Guptakashi by Indian Air Force near flood-hit Kedarnath in Uttarakhand on Thursday. PTI

Thousands of personnel from the army, air force, the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the National Disaster Response Force and several other agencies (See graphic) have been battling bad weather, landslides and unforgiving terrain to protect innocent common people.


Remarkable stories of dedication and courage have been flowing in from the ground, like the story of Major Mahesh Karki and Capt Amit Kumar, both residents of Uttarakhand and at present posted in Jammu and Kashmir, who pitched in to help the rescue operation even while on leave. Or for that matter, the story of army medics helping to deliver a baby. ( Read more: Uttarakhand: two IAF pilot couples carry out rescue missions )

Those who were rescued blessed their saviours unequivocally. All around the country, people praised the prompt and selfless service the armed forces provided. ( Read more: U'khand:Omar 'salutes' forces for rescue operations , Uttarakhand: Western Command playing stellar role in flood relief operation , ‘Armymen were a God-send’: Uttarakhand survivors )

A victim thanks Army personnel after being rescued in Uttarakhand. Arijit Sen/HT Photo

Even as politicians tripped over each other in flagging off relief materials in elaborate ceremonies and squabble over who had the best claim to renovation work once the crisis was past, a clear and confident voice went out to those trapped in the hills that the men in olive greens would do all in their power to protect and save them. ( Read more: Jawans put politicians to shame )