BJP projects Brig Usman to better its secular image

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  1. Zebra

    Zebra Senior Member Senior Member

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    Arunav Sinha , TNN | Jul 16, 2012, 02.01AM IST


    LUCKNOW: They may be backroom boys of the Bharatiya Janata Party and generally work behind the curtains. But, on Sunday, as the saffron party geared up to enrol more members into its fold, this lot of the backroom boys, took up the challenge to integrate more youngsters hailing from various minority communities with the saffron party. Sunday also gave them a perfect occasion, as it marked the birth anniversary of Brigadier Mohd Usman, who was awarded Maha Vir Chakra posthumously.

    Giving more details about their plan of action, Nadim Akhtar, general secretary of state BJP's minority wing, said, "The month-long membership drive, which started on July 15 and will culminate on August 15, will attempt to integrate at least 2,000 youngsters of minority communities at each district headquarters. Secondly, the date - July 15, 2012 is special for us, as it marks the 100th birth anniversary of Brigadier Mohd Usman, who was awarded Maha Vir Chakra for displaying exemplary courage in the 1947-48 Jammu & Kashmir invasion by Pakistani-backed terrorists."

    The general secretary also said that the party is thinking to focus especially on Azamgarh, as it was in Azamgarh's Bibipur, where India's valiant soldier was born on July 15, 1912.

    Terming the MVC awardee as 'a symbol of India's inclusive secularism', another state functionary of UP BJP, Hero Bajpai, said that it[/B] is not only in Azamgarh, but also in other parts of the state that the party would cite the supreme sacrifices of Brigadier Usman to motivate youngsters, while enrolling them into the party fold.

    Brigadier Mohammed Usman was the commander of the 50 Independent Para Brigade, which was raised in 1945. During the 1947-48 Jammu & Kashmir invasion by Pakistani-backed terrorists, the enemy's build up in the southern sector was heavy and fast. The heaviest battles took place in and around Naushera, Poonch and Rajouri. Brigadier Usman was given a difficult task of keeping the Line of Control, Akhnoor-Beripattan-Jhangar-Naushera, secure. Worse, this border was open, porous and full of an extremely aggressive and cruel enemy, which consisted of a deadly combination of the regular Pakistan Army units and the raiders in civilian clothing. Brigadier Usman, thus, was fighting against great odds.

    However, Usman was a fighter to the core and considered every action a matter of personal honour and took every difficult task as a personal challenge. An inspiring leader and a tremendous motivator of men, he always achieved success beyond the call of duty from his troops. He was also innovative and benevolent. He supported 158 orphan children found abandoned and famished in Naushera from his meagre rations.

    Later he formed these children into the famous 'Balak Sena' (Children's Army) of his and deployed them to run errands as messenger boys or as carriers of food & supplies in the theatre of war, in the rear lines.

    Brigadier Usman defended Naushera. His fiery leadership resulted in major defeat of the enemy at and around Naushera with 2,000 casualties (about 1000 dead and 1000 wounded), while he suffered only 33 casualties and 102 of his soldiers were wounded. He continued ahead blazing a trail of glory. However, the brave soldier died after a direct hit during enemy shelling on his command post at Matlasi in Jhangar sector on July 3, 1948.

    The 'Lion of Naushera' was commissioned in the Baluch Regiment. When Baluch Regiment was allotted to Pakistan, Brig Usman decided to stay in India and was transferred to the Dogra Regiment.

    BJP projects Brig Usman to better its secular image - The Times of India
  3. devgupt

    devgupt Regular Member

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    Intetesting, there was a thread open upon the brave Brig. few days back
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  4. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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  5. Bhadra

    Bhadra Defence Professionals Defence Professionals Senior Member

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    Such legendary men must be celebrated as national icons ! All political parties will do well to join in including the Naxals .. I remember ajtar was the first one to put it up on DFI

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