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Duty unto death
Photo by Shib Shankar Chatterjee

Brahmaputra — one of the world’s largest rivers — has always been the lifeline of Assam. Yet, the mighty river and its tributaries are also, on occasion, a bringer of devastating floods. The seasonal fury of the Brahmaputra affects not only the state of Asaam, but also Meghalaya, West Bengal, Tripura and the neighbouring country of Bangladesh. This month, the whole world had their eyes on the state of Jammu & Kashmir, which was devastated by flood waters, and where the Indian Army were instrumental in the relief and rescue operations. Around the same time, Assam was also beset by severe floods (like every year) and another elite force — the Border Security Force of India — performed a similar service, selflessly and silently.

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