I respectfully remember the “ balidaan” of poojyaniya Tukaram Omble, an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), who was killed during the 2008 Mumbai attacks while fighting terrorists at Girgaum Chowpatty.
I respectfully remember this valiant son of Maharashtra and his act of exemplary courage and service to the nation. He deserves Ashok Chakra, though posthumously.
For any nation this is a great moment , and the nation would have respected such a great hero, but not our government. It is a shame on India and Maharashtra government that a public interest litigation had to be moved by a social activist pleading the court to direct the government to honour this Veer Puthra.
Martyrs are martyrs because of their balidaan for the nation. But our government chose to honour three heroes with Ashok Chakra based on their rank , leaving Tukaram, an ASI of a lower rank.
Shame . Shame.
Is this a democratic government? Tukaram must be honoured with posthumous Ashok Chakra. Government should apologize to the nation for disgracing this hero.