Hitesh Kumar was just six years old when his father was martyred. Part of the new Indian Army officers, Lieutenant Hitesh Kumar has now been commissioned in the same battalion as his father.
Lance Naik Bachan Singh laid down his life fighting the enemy at Tololing during the Kargil War on 12 June 1999. His son is now part of 2 Raj Rif, the battalion that his father served in.
A report in The Times of India quoted Hitesh as saying that he had dreamt of joining the Army for 19 years, a wish shared by his mother as well.
“Now I want to serve my country with pride and honesty,” he said. The report said that his younger brother was also preparing to join the Indian Army.
Persistence Pays Off
Another inspiring story from among the new Indian Army officers is that of 27-year-old Rajshekhar from Tamil Nadu, whose first posting is in Siachen, the world’s highest battlefield, attached with 12 Assam Rifles.
That he has joined the Indian Army is nothing short of a miracle. He had suffered multiple organ failure after collapsing during a routine drill at the academy.
Doctors as well as members of his family advised him not to continue the training. But Rajshekhar persisted and has now become a Lieutenant.
“It was not an easy journey till this day. It was full of hardships and struggle, but I never gave up as I was determined to achieve my dream of serving my country,” the army officer told Hindustan Times.
Lt Rajshekhar received the best motivator award at the passing out parade ceremony.
The latest batch of new Indian Army officers from the IMA has some other inspiring stories as well. The sons of a postman and a carpenter are among those who have joined the Indian Army.
The only man in his village to join the Army, L Surchandra Singh is the son of a carpenter from Manipur. “My parents are really proud of me today,” he was quoted as saying in a report by Hindustan Times.
The publication also spoke to Rangat Singh, whose father is a contractual postman in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that he had initially joined the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a corporal but did not find it exciting enough.
A total of 457 Gentleman Cadets (GCs) graduated from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, on Saturday; 74 of them were from friendly countries. The passing out ceremony was held at the drill square outside the historic Chetwode Hall.
The parade was reviewed by Nepalese Army Chief General Rajendra Chettri. The cadets were part of the Regular course, the Technical Graduate course, and the University Entry Scheme course.