|Air Commodore Dr Deepak Gaur, Commandant, Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM).|
Rare are occasions when one gets to hear a speech from a senior Indian Air Force (IAF) official packed with thought-provoking quotes and poems. During the Foundation Day celebrations of one of the defence establishments in Bengaluru recently, Air Commodore Dr Deepak Gaur, Commandant, Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM), IAF, unleashed a script that had many poetic moments, all thought-provoking ones.
He first quoted from A E Housman (1859-1936), revered as one of the greatest scholars ever lived. The English poet and classical scholar attained fame for his collection of poems ‘A Shropshire Lad.’
Quoting from a poignant poem from Housman, Air Commodore Gaur, said: “Four lines express the anguish of young soldiers who would rather be alive to enjoy than die. I quote from Housman.
“Here dead we lie
Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land
From which we sprung.
Life, to be sure,
Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is,
And we were young.”
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