At Army training grounds, midshipman numbers are down, and so is morale | India News



BAGHPAT/DEHRADUN: More than 70% of families in the village of Bawli, about 62 km from Delhi in Baraut, Baghpat district, have at least one member serving in the armed forces. Every morning, young people run along the canal, on small lots, even on the roads, with a single dream: to put on the Army uniform. Although many are still there, the number has dwindled. They say they are discouraged by the Center’s Agnipath program.
As large swathes of India continue to be gripped by violent protests against the new short-term recruitment scheme, young people still preparing for the army, exhausting themselves, lifting weights and carrying the burden of hope, often of a lifetime. villages, at various training grounds in places like Baghpat in UP and Dehradun in Uttarakhand, popular “homes” of soldiers, said they felt “abandoned”.
Vivek Tomar from Bawli said: “It looks like they have ripped the soul out of this village. Hundreds of us trained here with the hope that one day recruitment will happen and some of us will pass. That we would be considered faujis back home. But who cares about a fauji who returns after four years with nothing?
A few hours from Baghpat, on the outskirts of Dehradun, young men aspiring to join the army said their morale was low. Over the past few days, training grounds have seen a significant drop in numbers. A few were deserted on Saturday.
Anuj Shah, 19, from Tehri Garhwal, told TOI: “Do you see this land? I used to do five rounds. Now I can barely do three. There is no motivation. Some of my friends have returned to their villages.


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