Location – Srinagar (Kashmir).
Time – The War of 1965
The enemies were moving forward at a fast pace.Kashmir needed urgent military help.
Srinagar received a message from the Army Office of Delhi that under any circumstances Srinagar airport should not be captured by the enemy. If the enemy wins the city, it will do ,but the airport should not fall in enemy hands.We are sending troops by airplane.
Srinagar- But there is a heap of snow everywhere at the airport. Landing a plane will be extremely difficult.
Employ laborers instantly. Regardless of how much wages you have to pay for this work, as many laborers as you have to employ make arrangements.
Workers are not available. ….
And at this time the heads of the army remembered the Sangh .
It was eleven o’clock in the night. A military jeep halted
in front of the Sangh office.
One of the officers came down.
The meeting of key volunteers was going on in the office. Premnath Dogra and Arjun were the ones who were sitting.
The army officer gave message of the serious situation. Then he asked – Will you be able to do the job of removing the piles of ice at the airport?
Arjun said – sure!
How many people do you need ?
At least half a hundred, so that all the snow is removed in three to four hours.
Arjun said – we will give six hundred volunteers.
So many will be available at night.
The military official said with surprise.
You just arrange vehicles to take us. We will be ready in 45 minutes.
The method of this organization was amazing, at the appointed time all 600 volunteers gathered together at the office and went together.
Message was sent to Delhi – the removal of ice has started. Let the airplanes come anytime.
“What ? How did you get the workers so soon?”
Yes, but they are not laborers, all are members of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
RSS Swayamsevak were at work all the night. On the morning of October 27, 329 soldiers of the Sikh Regiment landed in Srinagar and they embraced the swayam sevaks with great love. Then such eight airplanes descended.
All of them had ample amounts of arms. The volunteers also helped to take the weapons and put them on the premises.
Airport escaped from enemy occupation, strategic advantage of this was immense.
The task of widening the air strip was to be done instantly, so without resting the volunteers started working again.
Na phool chadhe na deep jale.
*Namaste Sada Vatsley Matrubhumi …*