There are some stories that touch your heart. This is one of them.
Col Swittens, who passed away in 2011, was a young Subaltern of the Gorkha Rifles when we went to war with Pakistan in 1971. He was the last Prisoner of War to get back to India.
He was taken PoW by the Pak Army and completely forgotten. It took a young Swiss lady from the Red Cross to wake us up back here in India.
What followed is a trail of red-tapism and insensitivity on the part of our establishment – political, military and bureaucratic. The treatment at the hands of our own Army was also nothing to be proud of and he was accused of having stayed back in Pakistan at his own volition.