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Love and Peace


The balaclava clad soldiers moved with purpose into the college campus to control the students protest and get them to disperse. Led by a no-nonsense soldier they went up against a crowd of students.

She was angry at how a peaceful protest was being targeted by the soldiers.

The students clashed with the soldiers and she lashed out her hand and her nails scratched the uncovered portion of the face of the man leading the soldiers and yet he held his stand.

He barked in a voice that rang clear above the loud slogan shouting of students, “Fall back 10 steps. You will not use force. We are here to keep the peace, no force or retaliation of any kind. That is an order.”

The entire line of soldiers barked a terse and loud, “Yes, Sir.”

They took ten steps back and held the line.

She saw the soldier breaking line and moving forward. He came closer to her and she saw what her nails had done to his face as she stared into his eyes; the only exposed part of his face.

There was no violence in them. They held her gaze; calm and composed.

“We are here to keep the peace. You can protest but nothing burns nor does anyone get hurt, else we will be forced to respond.” The soldier had a finality in his voice that ended arguments.

She reacted instinctively by wiping the drop of blood that had collected on the edge of his balaclava and muttered, “Sorry”

It was a picture that became the talk of a nation and the start of a love story.

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  1. July 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    beautiful. I am falling in love with your stories, Sriram 🙂

  2. July 3, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Rising expectations. A double edged sword :).

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