A solemn tribute to PoWs at NDA

A solemn tribute to PoWs at NDA

The Placard on the table says: “The table set is small, for one, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner against his oppressors”

By Gautam Khot

There are still 54 POWs missing in Pakistan. All of the them were captured alive including CO of 47 Sqn, Wg Cdr “High Speed” Gill. It is unlikely that they are still alive. I am certain they must have endured horrific torture before their deaths. Our wretched government should at least find out what happened to them. Please circulate to any many as possible

What a beautiful gesture to spread awareness of our Govts apathy towards our PoWs.

At the entrance of the Dining Hall of NDA Khadakwasla, there is a table set for one, with the chair tilted forward. This table is set for the Armed Forces Personnel who are Prisoners of War and forgotten, in the hope that they will return one day.

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The dining hall of the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Kharakwasla

The Placard on the table says:

“The table set is small, for one, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner against his oppressors.

The single rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep their faith awaiting their return.

The Red Ribbon tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing.

The candle is unlit, symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit.

The slice of Lemon is on the bread plate, to remind us of the bitter fate.

There is salt upon the bread plate – symbolic of the families’ tears as they wait.

The Glass is inverted, they cannot toast with us this night.

The chair – it is empty. They are not here.

Remember! All of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended upon their might and aid, and relied upon them, for surely, they have not forsaken you.

Remember until the day they come home…”


Gautam Khot is a helicopter pilot and has served in the Indian Army 

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