Harbhajan Singh

From the Wall Street Journal:

It is lonely and hostile in this remote mountainous base, and the threat of armed conflict is never far away. To get through the days, and to explain the inexplicable, troops have added a series of beloved figures to the traditional Hindu pantheon.

At Nathu La, a strategic pass to Tibet high in the Himalayas, the army has built a shrine to Mr. Singh, who was a sepoy, the equivalent of a private, when he drowned in a rushing alpine stream at age 22.

A sepoy who drowned in a stream

appears to the troops in a dream.

This ain’t superstition,

but merely submission

to eating way too much of ice cream.

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