As India gears up to give a rousing welcome to Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, a poem has gone viral on social media. Abhinandan's sister has reportedly penned her sentiments in the form of a letter that completely summed up everything that happened in the past two days.
Here is the poem: My Brother With A Bloodied Nose
My brother with a bloodied nose, / An officer and gentleman. / Landed across the Line of Control today. / Ejecting after doing the best he can.
They caught him on their land and then, / Thrashed him like perhaps any of us would. / Till the army stepped in and dispersed them. / And rescued him while they could.
They asked him who he was and he said, / With poise and utmost grace. / A flying pilot of the Indian Air Force. / Battered, bruised, but with a proud face.
If only the general public could, / Muster a milligram of the same poise. / And realize that their war drum beating. / Is a ridiculous dangerous noise.
My brother with a bloodied nose, / He stood there firm and tall. / And smiled in the face of his captors. / And taught us the biggest lesson of them all.
That bravery is not ordered online, / Does not ship overnight on Amazon Prime. / Tis not the moment for jingoism and memes. / For armchair aggro tis not the time.
My brother with a bloodied nose, / Thank you for your dedication and verve. / Your class and bravery I fear though, / Is a little more than some of us deserve.
For those whose fury takes wing today, / Who have no idea what it's like. / To parachute into enemy territory, / Taking a hit in a combat strike.
My brother with a bloodied nose, / You've taught a lesson to us all. / You can bail out of an aircraft at high speed, / And yet to lows never fall.
And keep your cheer and character in times, / Of uncertainty in the face of death. / And learn again to behave as human beings, / If we only would our conscience let.
My brother with a bloodied nose. / Keep your chin up, enjoy the brew. / A salute to your sacrifice today and forever. / Hold on a while, we're coming to get you.
My brother with a bloodied nose. / The bison who took on the sun. / Here's to you and all those that stand guard for us. / Nabah Sparsam Diptam.
IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan was captured by the Pakistani military on February 27 when he was fighting off Pakistani F-16s that had entered the Indian airspace. After his capture, several videos of Abhinandan being thrashed, abused and questioned, surfaced on social media, which was in complete violation of the Geneva Conventions. Displeased with the videos, India raised strong objections with Pakistan.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he is releasing pilot Abhinandan in a bid to de-escalate the tension between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. At the time of filing this report, #WelcomeBackAbhinandan and #Abhinandancomingback were one of the top trends on Twitter.