Saga of INS Vikrant

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INS VIKRANT
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INS VIKRANT
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Take of  fighter aircraft from INS VIKRANT

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INS VIKRANT, guarding the seas

 

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INS VIKRANT, India’s first aircraft carrier, war hero of 1971 war, fades away in history as it is reduced to scrap
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Bajaj V, made out of scrap of INS VIKRANT

 

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Crest of Bajaj V

Deployed to serve my nation,
To thwart any invasion,
In the boundless blue seas,
With the powers that be,
Beaten by storms and aquamarine,
Forever ready for the unforeseen,
I survived through the spirit of law,
Jayema Sam Yudhi Sprdhah* 

Beyond fear and trepidation,
And stretch of the imagination,
Boundless, mighty, luscious waves,
Sending my enemies to their graves,
Never once did I flounder,
Making my men prouder,
I survived through the spirit of law,
Jayema Sam Yudhi Sprdhah

Now I’m old,
Decommissioned,
Marked to be a museum ship,
Many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip,
I Vikrant, World War II-era
Aircraft carrier
Now faced an economic barrier,
Yet,I survived through the spirit of law,
Jayema Sam Yudhi Sprdhah

In August, I was auctioned,
To be scrapped,
Remained beached and moored,
My journey’s end, now slow but sure,
To be reborn from my scrap,
Bajaj V**, a feather in one’s cap,
Yet again, I survived through the spirit of law,
Jayema Sam Yudhi Sprdhah

*-Sanskrit: जयेम सं युधि स्पृध:, which is taken from Rig Veda 1.8.3 and is translated as “I defeat those who fight against me”.

**- in February 2016 Indian auto manufacturer Bajaj, unveiled a new bike made from the metal of INS Vikrant’s scrap and named it Bajaj V in honour of INS Vikrant.

© All rights reserved.
©Ranjeeta Nath Ghai  atrangizindagieksafar, 2016.

For more from the writer check out Ranjeeta’s book  ” Mann ki Aarzoo” on Notion Press:  https://notionpress.com/read/mann-ki-aarzoo

On Amazon: http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/8175110805/ref=mp_s_a_1_fkmr0_1?qid=1462197332&sr=8-1-fkmr0&pi=AC_SX118_SY170_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=man+ki+aarzoo

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15 thoughts on “Saga of INS Vikrant

    1. Thanks… I’ve been in love with INS Vikrant, since I was a little girl. My mother and father both have had the good fortune if having served on Vikrant…. Grew up listening to valor stories of Vikrant. I cried my heart out the day Supreme Court have orders for it to be scrapped. It felt as if a family had died…
      This is a small tribute to INS Vkrant

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      1. This is such a beautiful tribute! I myself am a lover of ships and I can proudly say that I got a chance to be aboard the new INS Vikrant under construction here in Cochin Shipyard!!

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  1. Very true well written. I can relate with this as l have many times attended parties on d deck of Vikant when I was in navy very immotional article

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  2. Wow, the flow to this poem and the saddening beauty behind it tells all about the writer. Such talent! Amazing! – Cezane

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