527 army men martyred, and the numbers of soldiers were in tens of thousands. They shed their blood and many sacrificed their lives in the name of their motherland. 23 years later, the country still remembers their valour and courage, and salutes them for the same.
One such tribute was given by the RSET’s Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies, Mumbai, where The Film Society of the college along with The Advertising and Branding Club and The Rotaract Club organized and successfully implemented an event in honor of Kargil Vijay Diwas on the 26th of July, 2022. The stories of their selflessness and unity were also portrayed through the documentaries that were screened for the students made by the Indian Army itself. “It was a useful and informative event where, through the short films and documentaries, we learnt about how the Indian Army recaptured Kargil” says Isha Soni, a student who participated in the event.
A special invitee for the event was Captain Anant Yagnik, a retired defence official from the Western Naval Command. Capt. Yagnik remembers when the sudden announcement of the intrusion in Kargil sector was sent across the armed forces of the Army, Navy and the Air Force. He recollected the days of Admiral Madhvendra Singh who commandeered the Navy during the war. On a heartfelt note, Capt. Yagnik told the students of the college to be disciplined, brave and punctual in life.
The highlight of the entire event was the gesture of the institution, who decided to elevate the event a step further by sending the soldiers Rakhis and greeting cards with an intent to fill the void in them as a most of them prioritized our protection over going back home for the occasion. “Rakhi in India is not just a string with a knot, it is an emotion. I, as an organizer wanted to convey that emotion to our army men” says Yash Singh, one of the organizers.
DGMC got in touch with Punarvas, a school for the specially abled children in Goregaon, who handmade these Rakhis. “The passion has always been there with the youth when we talk about our country, especially the pride in our armed forces makes them sit up and take notice. Our students were in fact supportive of what we were trying to achieve and with the inclusion of an NGO, the respect and faith in this initiative has only risen”, says Srinivasrao Challapalli, the mentor under whose guidance the event was organized.
“Celebrating 23 years and paying homage to these soldiers who sacrificed their lives to save the country is a thought that needs to be celebrated, remembered and saluted not only on the 26th of July, but every single day. As we daily spend some of our time giving respect to the almighty, similarly our Jawans should be paid respects to, and to that this is a good beginning”, says Dr. Amee Vora, principal of the institution.
As this institution keeps the spirit of pride and patriotism alive in our hearts, just like the eternal flame of the National War Memorial; our respect for the army men should never die down.
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