Recently I had watched a movie named Kesari. The movie was about the infamous battle of Sargahari where 21 fearless Sikhs of the British Indian army led by Havildar Ishar Singh fought against an army of over 10000 afghans on the 14th of September 1897. This is surely a must-watch for all. While watching this movie I had a surge of emotions such as anger, happiness and a great amount of sorrow. Together they made me feel proud to be an Indian.
The goal of the Afghans was to take over the Sargahari fort which would provide easy access and attack the two other forts in the area. The other 2 camps sent a message that they cannot come for help for a day and gave them permission to flee. But the soldiers thought better. They decided to fight the Afghans who outnumbered them with a ratio of more than five hundred to one and make their country proud. They fought courageously and fearlessly and killed over 180 afghans and wounded many before they succumbed to the enemy’s bullets and weapons. The soldiers were awarded the Victoria Cross which was the highest military award of the British.
This movie has a strong message to everyone who is scared to stand up before the ones they fear. You see, your enemies might outnumber you, maybe even overpower you, but with bravery and a good sense of right and wrong you can even make your enemies fear and respect you. This is something we should always keep in mind.
By Rohit Maiyya,
Grade 6A, Ekya School JP Nagar