Paying tribute to real heroes

Youth should join armed forces

 “Every citizen has a moral responsibility towards the country and each one has to perform their duties” said a brave Shakuntala Bhandarkar, wife of Lieutenant Colonel Ajit Bhandarkar who hailed from Bangalore and was killed in the Kargil war ten years ago.

Ten years after the Indian Army fought the short and bitter war at Kargil, the wounds of victory remain fresh. Remembering more than a thousand soldiers, the Kargil Vijay Diwas is a tribute to the heroes who guard the country’s borders.

On Saturday, the Department of Sainik Welfare and Resettlement Board felicitated Shakuntala Bhandarkar and Lt Col Naveen to commemorate Kargil Vijay Diwas.

Sharing her experience about how life changed after the death of Lt Col Bhandarkar, Shakuntala said, “My two sons Akshay and Nirbhay were too young when Ajit was killed in Kargil war. The Indian Military Army since then has tremendously supported my family. Death is unpredictable and it is better to die for the country with honour”.

She encouraged the youngsters to join the Indian Military Army as it is an honourable profession.

During the Kargil war, as part of the search operation of Pakistani infiltrators at the Faizlabad, Lt Col Bhandarkar killed a militant, simultaneously another infiltrator fired at him.
He suffered gun shot wounds in the head and succumbed. Lt Col Bhandarkar was posthumously presented the Shuarya Chakra Award.

Observed as the Kargil Vijay Diwas, July 26, is the day dedicated to soldiers who defeated the Pakistani infiltrators after fighting for over 40 days at the heights of Kargil and Drass, in the process sacrificing their lives.  

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