Etched in stone, this soul-wringing message from 'dead soldiers' greets you as you enter the famed Kohima War Cemetery: "When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today." As one takes a round of the Cemetery, one sees hundreds of small plaques with the words ‘Known Unto God’, meaning that we do not even know the names of the valiant men who gave their lives so that we may live. Can there be a more poignant sacrifice? That was Second World War.
What about the Indo-China war, the first and the most devastating that India has fought post-Independence? Do we remember the near 3000 men, who caught unawares, laid down their lives in a desperate bid to save the honour of the Indian Army and the integrity of the Indian nation? Do the names of Major BK Pant, Lieutenant Subash Chander, Naib-Subedar Snehuneshu Biswas, Havildar Phani Bhushan Nayak, Naik Joybandhu Datta, Sepoy Jag Pal Singh…and many, many others ring a bell?