Why political class elusive to give our martyrs their due?

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The mortal remains of Army jawan Neeraj Kumar, killed in an encounter with militants in Jammu and Kashmir on August 24, were on Tuesday consigned to flames at his native Devrala village in Bulandshahr after Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the brother of the slain jawan over phone and assured him of assistance from the government's side.

But the government's assurance did not come before the bereaved family members of the slain Rashtriya Rifles jawan had last evening threatened that they would not cremate the body unless Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Defence Minister Arun Jaitley or Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the village for it.

This was a disappointing on the entire political fraternity's part which sprang into action only after the family of the martyred jawan threatened. During the Lok Sabha poll campaigns, the same political class, irrespective of its party, was often seen reaching out to the families of martyred jawans and soldiers has stopped making its presence being felt post poll season.

The opportunistic political fraternity

It is evident with the fact that during the poll season this same political class was seen sympathising with families of the martyrs to woo the common man and wasn't losing an opportunity to cement its vote bank. If not making their presence felt in flesh and bones they were seen actively pouring their tributes to the brave soldiers of the mother for their ultimate sacrifices.

There was a kind of race going on between the state and central governments over announcing financial assistance to the families or widows of the valiant soldiers.

But, with the poll season is gone the same political class now seems to be elusive from the frame. Hardly any politician could be seen caring to pay his/her last respect to the jawans and offering their condolences to the martyrs' families even on social media.

In a situation like this, is it wrong on the part of the families of these martyred soldiers to express their anger and betrayal with the "opportunistic" political fraternity?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his election campaign had constantly raised the issue of beheading and mutilation of Indian jawans last year and attacked the UPA government for not honouring the martyrs.

The new Narendra Modi dispensation may have allocate separate package for building a national war memorial to commemorate the sacrifices of India's brave soldiers but overlooking the families of the jawans till they raise a voice for their rights will do no good.

The government's good intention that it really cares for the soldiers as well as their families must be reflected in its moves. Making just tall claims would do no good.

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