The young widow of Indian Army jawan Satappa Patil has fulfilled her husband’s dream by building a school in his village in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district.
Patil had died in Jammu and Kashmir’s Keran Sector in 2013; a school in his memory was completed by his wife Ashwini earlier this month.
Named ‘Shaheed Jawan Satappa Mahadev Patil Vidyalaya’, the school was inaugurated by Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj at Belewadi Masa village.
A Dream For Education
Army jawan Satappa Patil married Ashwini in 2011. After their wedding, Patil took Ashwini to the Hanuman temple and showed him the room where he studied.
He also told her that the village school did not have classrooms for standard VIII to X.
Ashwini told Mid-day that, “Girls who had their periods wouldn’t be allowed in for those few days. On Saturday or whenever there was a religious festival or a meeting in the temple, there would be a holiday for the school, or classes would be held after the event”.
Ashwini explained that she saw the efforts and pain her husband and his friends had taken to get an education.
Her husband dreamt of building a school after retirement so children in his village could pursue their education without a break.
The 24-year-old Army jawan Satappa Patil was posted as a Gunner Operator with the 26 Air Defence in Keran sector in Jammu Kashmir; he was killed in cross-firing by terrorists in 2013.
Ashwini was widowed at 23, barely a year-and-a-half after the wedding.
The First Step
After the funeral rituals, many people tried to help her financially and asked if she wanted a gas agency, a petrol pump or anything else for her livelihood.
But she only requested them to help her achieve her husband’s wish by building a school in his village.
The wife of former CM of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavhan, Satvasheela helped her with the paperwork and the work towards building a school started, Mid-day reported.
Satvasheela also donated Rs 20 lakh for the school and Mandlik Sugar Factory gave Rs 1 lakh to the martyr’s wife.
Ashwini also donated frequently from her pension of Rs 15,000 per month to build the school.
Turning A Dream Into Reality
In 2014, the construction process for the school began.
The school has seven classes including an additional study room and a computer laboratory with 12 computers, besides toilets.
It also has classrooms for Standards VIII, IX and X.
The School That Connects And Inspires
Ashwini stated that she is connected to her husband through the school and he lives for her in its form.
Currently, she is doing an MA in English and preparing for the Maharashtra Public Services Commission (MPSC) exam while staying with her parents in Karnataka.
We pray every day for our well-being and that of our loved ones’. But I suggest that you also pray for our soldiers and their safety on the border.
She also said that her husband is an inspiration to her. She too wants to serve the country and its people.