“Listen boys, I shall not accept any security lapse this evening,” thundered O P Khurana, “our heads will be served on a platter if a single black flag is seen by the chief guest”.
Sam was surprised to hear booming voice of Mr. O P Khurana outside the venue of award ceremony. Mr. Khurana was actively participating in overseeing of arrangements inside and outside the auditorium. Preparations were in full throttle for this important award ceremony. Guest list has been scrutinised. Rank and seniority duly considered in seating arrangements. Auditorium has been spruced up and decorated. Public address system checked and rechecked. Speakers and stage performers have been adviced to adhere to time discipline.
“Such embarrassments!” thought Khurana of the black flag waving and black arm band wearing protestors who arrive at sites where bravery medals are awared to security personnels, “not today. I have a plan.”
“Bring chief guest and dignitories through this side door,” swore Khurana, “No protest will be allowed to spoil the day, when our brave soldiers are receiving extraordinary bravery medals,”
Sam could see that a side door was marked “No Entry” and a guard was deputed there
Not many thought O P Khurana, had a life outside his office. He came to office early and left late. Friends and colleagues often wondered if Khurana ever went home! Barring a few close friends, not many knew Khurana worked hard to drown his pain. His only son fell to terrorist bullet trying to rescue hostages. Khurana’s wife blames him for their son’s death.
Today Khurana’s son is on the list to receive an extraordinary bravery award posthumously. This day cannot be allowed to be ruined by any black flag protest.
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