The nation is one in paying tribute to the valiant soldier who died in service of the country. His heart beat, amidst a mountain of snow, gave rise to a billion plus hopes. It reinforced the Supreme Power syndrome. In his passing away, the inevitability of death has been underscored. The tragedy has witnessed a grateful nation value the spirit of sacrifice of our forces. Hanumanthappa Koppad has rightly become a household name. But he was not alone. Koppad was among 10 soldiers who were swept away by an ice wall while guarding the Sonam post in Siachen area. Each and every soldier, out there to defend the nation, deserves equal attention in life and in death. Indian defence personnel are second to none when it comes to their commitment. No difference should be observed in the way the nation treats them in their martyrdom.

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