The commandos of the CRPF have a new feather in their caps – they are the latest stars of the comic world! Ready to match up to the likes of GI Joe and Commando comics, the paramilitary force has turned many of its big battles into a comic book series – Shaurya Gathaein.
With the release of Dheer Dharmendra and Bahadur Biresh on its 78th Raising Day last week, the CRPF now boasts of 10 comic books based on real-life battle stories and its Jawans.
Telling stories of unknown Jawans
The series began in September 2015 and CRPF officials tells us the idea was to familiarize the younger generation with these stories and inspire them. Sardar Post – Ek Shaurya Gatha is based on the 1965 attack on Sardar Post and tells the story of how only 150 CRPF men fought back against 3,500 Pakistani soldiers.
Other stories that were turned into comic books include the Hot Springs battle in North Eastern Ladakh in 1959 against China in which 10 CRPF men lost their lives and the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi attack of 2005 (Ayodhya Ke Shoorveer).
There are also stories of individual jawans, like Dheer Dharmendra, based on Dharmendra Roy, a constable of CRPF’s CoBRA Unit. Officials tell us that only those jawans who are recipients of the President Gallantry Award are chosen for the individual stories.
These comic books are aimed at school children and a CRPF official says, “As kids, we used to read Commando comics, which were based on the World Wars. But here, we have true stories so kids can know about the real battles.”
The official adds, “These books are distributed free of cost at Kendriya Vidyalayas and CRPF libraries.” The comic books are available in both print and in digital front and are currently only in Hindi.
Our presence across the country makes these stories unique: CRPF officials
Unlike the Paramveer Chakra stories of Indian Army Jawans, these comic books are published by the CRPF’s in-house publishing house, making it the first comic book series published by an Indian paramilitary or armed force. A CRPF official says, “These books tell the stories of our martyrs and brave soldiers.” The books also show how across the country, the CRPF has fought different battles – from terrorist and maoist attacks to battles against Pakistan and China. “On the field, our presence is everywhere, from the Amarnath yatra to the Bastar region,” says an official.
news source: Times of India