The Unsung Heroes

For most people, the definition of a hero is left to interpretation…… a handsome face with extraordinary strength, dreamy eyes, perfect hair, a deep voice, and absolutely charming qualities, breaks into villain’s home to rescue the damsel in distress and save her from this excruciating nightmare.

What really a hero is ?

A  hero is what we make of them. We make a hero. You, me ,society; we all make heroes.Heroes are role models, in my eyes should possess three significant qualities namely courage, humbleness, and morality; these form a hero.But the question arises what makes us good and what makes us evil?

According to me evil can be fostered by dehumanization, diffusion of responsibility, unjust systems, group pressure, moral disengagement, and anonymity, to name a few.

Some people argue humans are born good or born bad; I think that’s nonsense. We are all born with this tremendous capacity to be anything, and we get shaped by our circumstances—by the family or the culture or the time period in which we happen to grow up, which are accidents of birth; whether we grow up in a war zone versus peace; if we grow up in poverty rather than prosperity.

I believe that heroism is different than altruism and compassion.

Heroism can be defined as an activity with several parts.

First, it’s performed in service to others in need—whether that’s a person, group, or community—or in defense of certain ideals. Second, it’s engaged in voluntarily, even in military contexts, as heroism remains an act that goes beyond something required by military duty. Third, a heroic act is one performed with recognition of possible risks and costs, be they to one’s physical health or personal reputation, in which the actor is willing to accept anticipated sacrifice.

Finally, it is performed without external gain anticipated at the time of the act.

Simply put, then, the key to heroism is a concern for other people in need—a concern to defend a moral cause, knowing there is a personal risk, done without expectation of reward.

People in everyday life show these qualities and can be found in many place.

There comes a time in (almost) everyone’s life, when they have this grand epiphany that their mom is a super hero. They realize that no matter what time it is, or what the problem is, their mom will be there 100% of the time.

You always hear moms say “I have eyes on the back of my head;” there is no doubt in my mind that it’s a true statement. Moms see everything. Moms know everything. Moms can even predict what you just started thinking about doing.

Moms know everything about us and love us anyway. They know every mistake we’ve ever made, but never second guess loving us with all of their heart. Honestly, where would we be without our mom? She is our biggest cheerleader, our go-to advice guru, and our favourite movie night buddy. There may be times that we don’t see eye to eye with our mom, but in the end, she’s right 99% of the time. Like when you’ve searched the whole house for your favorite shirt and know it’s lost for good, and she simply has to say “check the bottom, left-hand drawer,” and magically your purple top shows up where you know it wasn’t before.

A teacher can also be thought of as a hero by students, a coach by players, or a leader by citizens. Some people also like to think of sports figure and celebrities as heroes.

Fire-fighters, police, doctors and members of military are great examples of people who exhibit great heroism every day. These people could go day to day protecting citizens from dangers and peril.

These are the medics of the Indian army, who, while saving the lives of our saviours, put their own on the line. They are with the army men during the war and after that, to make sure that the soldiers, who are also sons to old parents, fathers to young children and husbands to brave wives, are able to return to their homes, in as good a state as possible.

They are all heroes, each and every one of them. But there are a few whose stories have become the stuff of legends, stories that deserve to be shared and told over and over again:

1.Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri

J.P Dutta’s famous war film Border was based on the Battle of Laungewala on the fateful night of December 4-5, 1971. On that night, Brigadier Chandpuri headed a team of 124 soldiers of the Indian Army and 23 officers of the Punjab regiment against a Pakistani ambush and held them off.He was later honoured with the Mahavir Chakra by the Indian government for his administration and valour. The Brigadier’s character was played by Sunny Deol in Border.

 

2.Sandeep Unnikrishnan

“Do not come up, I will handle them.” These were probably the last words spoken by Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan to his men as he was hit by bullets while engaging terrorists inside the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel during the Black Tornado operation in the Mumbai attacks in 2008. Unnikrishnan was a Major in the Indian Army serving in the elite National Security Guards (NSG).During the operation, when a commando got injured, Major Unnikrishnan arranged for his evacuation and started chasing the terrorists himself. It was during this chase that he got seriously injured and succumbed to his injuries.
Far from home and loved ones, these heroes sacrifice their own lives so the entire nation can sleep in peace. The stories of their courage and passion are larger than life. They are men of steel, standing tall in the harshest of conditions.
They disregard freezing cold temperatures and scorching heat to always remain brave, awake and devoted towards us.
We are all aware of the brave women and men who got us our freedom on 15th August, 1947. It is equally important for us to know the new & unsung heroes of our country who are impacting thousands of lives, changing the way we think and making India truly a better place.

 

3. Jadav Payeng


When we talk about ordinary people bringing about change, we cannot afford to miss out on this man. He is the one who single-handedly converted a washed out land into a 1,360 acre forest. He started planting bamboo saplings when he was 16 years old.

Today he is 47 and lives in his own forest, which is now also home to Bengal tigers, Indian rhinoceros, over 100 deer and rabbits, besides apes and several varieties of birds, including a large number of vultures.

The forest department wanted to employ him but he rejected the job because he believed he wouldn’t be able to pay attention to the cause if he was bound by responsibilities.

 

4. Dr. Rani Bang

This amazing woman has been working with one of the most under-developed tribal communities in central India. A gynecologist by profession, she has been serving in the remotest areas for over 20 years.

She set up the Society for Education, Acton and Research in Community Health, along with her doctor husband Abhay, and started many such healthcare initiatives across India. She has managed to introduce modern medicine in tribal villages and made the villagers aware of good healthcare facilities.

While many doctors are seeking high-paying jobs in the biggest hospitals of the country, this amazing woman and her husband is an inspiration to us all. Kudos to their efforts and passion.

What these stories suggest is that every one of us can be a hero. act of heroism don’t just arrive from truly exceptional people but from people placed in the right circumstance, given the necessary tools to transform compassion into heroic action. So every person is part of humanity. Each person’s pulse is part of humanity’s heartbeat. Heroes circulate the life force of goodness in our veins. And what the world needs now is more heroes—you.

 

 

 

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