While the strikes across the LoC by the Indian army triggered a war cry among large sections of the population, Onkarnath Dolui, 64, who lost his son Gangadhar in the Uri attack on September 18 prayed that the attacks did not escalate into a war between the two countries.
Far away from the glare of the media, sitting in a corner of Howrah district, Dolui, a daily labourer told HT, he is praying for better sense to prevail while admitting the strike by the Indian army will certainly provide some peace to the soul of his departed son.
“I am sure the soul of my son will get some peace. But believe me, I don’t want war as it demands countless of lives like that of my son on either side,” said Dolui, his voice choking midway.
“It will be much better for the two countries to seek a solution to the outstanding problems through negotiations only. Guns will only multiply the misery on both sides,” said the Uri martyr’s father.
Nothing could be more cruel that Gangadhar’s death to the Doluis, who were banking on his two-year old job to climb out of abject poverty.
Incidentally, Dolui has rejected the proposal of the Mamata Banerjee government to pay a compensation of Rs lakh on the ground that it amounted to disrespect to a soldier as the same amount is offered to next of kin of those who die after consuming toddy.
On Thursday morning Barun, the younger brother of Gangadhar, came to know that India attacked terrorist camps in PoK and demolished them killing some terrorists and their associates. He immediately narrated it to other members of his family and they were happy.
“After this strike, my brother’s soul will rest in peace. With others in our locality, we are all happy with this act,” Barun said.
Gangadhar promised his father that he would gradually try to turn their thatched house into a ‘pucca’ dwelling. “ My nephew started negotiating with the mason to start the construction after the pujas,” said Thakurlal, Gangadhar’s uncle.