#replug - reproducing here a #longRead on the perils of standing guard at Siachen. The original keeps moving places on the interwebs, and so placing here on my blog.
"If there was a place on earth that could represent hell, this would be it. Siachen. A stony dead freezing wasteland, blanketed with ice through eternity. The only sign of life being the glacier itself. Like some prehistoric monster, twisting and slithering sinuously. Pulverizing or sweeping away everything in its path.
Scimitar like winds swoops from the mountains surrounding the glacier, buffeting and crashing into the sheer cliffs. The unimaginable cold chills the very marrow of the bones, like millions of tiny needles.
Slicing through clothing, skin and gristle. And the icy chill, that benumbs the body and desensitizes the mind. Degenerating and finally sapping the very will to survive. It is a place where even the sun capitulates, and shines impotently."
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"Faced with a situation Bengal had never seen before, Mamata lost her cool and described the demonstrators - most of whom were homemakers - as Maoists."
“Elections are due in the State and what is happening? Hundreds of crores are being disbursed through welfare schemes without basic norms in place to identify the needy. How do you choose who needs the most from among the lakhs of poor in Assam?”
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