Show of valour

The staccato burst of gunfire is loud and clear. A plume of smoke fills the air as the enemy intensifies its attack. Undeterred, the Indian Infantry platoon advances and runs over the enemy post. `Bharat Mata Ki Jai'. The war cry goes up followed by a mini flash in the air indicating the victory.

But unfortunately there is a casualty. A wounded soldier is writhing in pain. Time is running out and he must be saved at all cost. Suddenly, the drone of an IAF chopper can be heard -- the engine sound deepening from a steady whine to a thunderous roar as the copter approaches the battlefield. It hovers a while and then lands. The injured trooper is hurriedly loaded into the helicopter and it flies away to safety.

Show of valour

That was a mock attack on an enemy position. The breathtaking display of skill and derring-do by the cadets of the National Cadet Corps on Sunday left one dumbfounded. The Parade Grounds in Secunderabad saw the foremost organisation of the youth putting its best foot forward on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the NCC.

The Home Minister, T. Devender Goud, and Air Cmder G.S. Nijjar witnessed the spectacular show of valour and fortitude presented by the highly disciplined and motivated youth. Capt. M.L.N. Reddy commanded the colourful parade of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force cadets.

Show of valour

The Aeromodelling done by Capt. Vamshi was quite fascinating. He flew controlled line as well as remote controlled aircraft models. Then came the cadets Alamdar astride "Razia'' and Srinivas on "Trishul'' and made a clean sweep of Tent Pegging.

The Show Jumping was equally enchanting. The cadets on horseback effortlessly leapt over parallel bar, did wall jump, single vertical jump, railway crossing and triple bar jump. The spirit of adventure is never complete without Para Sailing. Cadet Mukund Basu thrilled the gathering by soaring away in a parachute and making a perfect landing.

By Ifthekhar J.S.

Photos: Mohd. Yousuf