On June 12 1999, India lost a brave soldier in the Kargil War and Hitesh Kumar lost his father. Hitesh was only 6 years old, when he came to know about his father, Bachan Singh’s death. After his father’s demise, at an age when most kids are busy playing with toys, the 6-year-old kid decided to follow his father’s footsteps and started working towards joining the Indian Army to serve the country.
ON HIS FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS: #Kargil Martyr's Son Joins His Father's Batallion as an Officer
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On Sunday, Hitesh received a warm welcome from his family, friends and police officers in Muzaffarnagar. His mother, who has dedicated her life to raising her two sons, was beaming with pride after Hitesh was commissioned. She told the reporters that her younger son, Hemant, is also preparing to join the Army. The twin brothers are five minutes apart.
24-year-old Lieutenant Hitesh Kumar’s dream was to be like his father and join the army. “My father was my inspiration and I’ve seen my mother’s struggles very closely,” the lieutenant told news agency ANI. On June 9, he passed out from the IMA, exactly 19 years after his father Bachan Singh died on June 13, 1999 in Kargil war.
“For 19 years, I dreamt of joining the Army. It became my mother’s dream too. Now I want to serve my country with pride and honesty,” said Hitesh.
Rishpal Singh, who was in Bachan Singh’s battalion, was quoted by the Times of India as saying, “Bachan was a brave soldier. When our battalion was attacked at Tololing, he was shot in the head and died on the battlefield. We lost 17 soldiers that day, including Maj Vivek Gupta from Dehradun. I am glad Bachan’s son has received his commission. His father would have been proud of him.”