Lt Gen DS Hooda On April 28, the snowclearance equipment of the Border Roads Organisation breached the snow covering the Zojila Pass and opened the Srinagar-Leh highway. Leading this effort was Anayatullah, a hearing and speech impaired bulldozer driver, who is said to work with instinct over a road alignment that is not visible due to the snow.
Anayatullah is one of the heroes who operate and live in these extraordinarily treacherous and demanding conditions to keep our borders safe. To most of our citizens, the valour of the military is known through tales of those who win gallantry awards, carry out ‘surgical strikes’ or sacrifice their lives in fighting terrorism. The contribution of these braves is enormous, but we must also recognize that the common soldier, who goes about his task with fortitude and courage, is the real unsung hero of our military. Let me tell his story in the backdrop of the opening of Zojila Pass. Read more