‘For our tomorrow, they gave their today.’
This year as India celebrates its 71st Independence Day on August 15, Aishwaraya Kalro meets R.Vardarajan, father of martyred hero Major Mukund Varadarajan. On this special day of national significance, Social Pukar pays tribute to all the brave hearts who guard our nation. Read this tear-jerking interview which will stir your emotions and evoke strong patriotic sentiments within you.
Miles away from the military camp, a mother’s heart yearns to catch a glimpse of her son… Miles away from the terror-prone border, an affectionate wife recites prayers for the safe homecoming of her husband…
Somewhere along the deserted Indian border, stands a courageous soldier who sacrifices his sleep, to ensure that citizens of our nation don’t lose their sleep! Somewhere along the deserted border, stands a sturdy soldier whose tender heart beats for our nation.
As a young school student, late Major Mukund Varadarajan was content with average marks but he always had a laser-like focus to serve the army someday. While he spent his childhood playing endlessly, he lived his adulthood serving the nation selflessly! A pinch of pain is felt as he spent more time with his friends but after joining the army he confessed to his father-
“Now I realize the value of family.”
On 25 April 2014, our nation lost Major Mukund Varadarajan, an irreplaceable hero. The lion-hearted man led an illustrious career. In fact, the 31-year old, successfully encountered and shot the terrorists but fatally succumbed to severe injuries.
At 1.30 A.M, Varadarajan received an unexpected call from Dr.Varghese who first delivers the shocking news, “Varadarajan have you seen Facebook? I am sorry to tell that your son has been martyred.” The loss of every hero leaves a void that can never be filled.
Varadarajan says, “We never cried. None of us cried. We were just shocked, shell shocked!” But today, he grapples with the sorrow death has caused. As the proud father shares interesting anecdotes of his beloved son, tears gush out of his eyes uncontrollably.
In a world where courtesy is believed to be a diminishing moral, deceased Major Mukund Varadarajan possessed the fine quality of treating his subordinates respectfully. When his parents visited the quarters he strictly informed them to refrain from ordering his subordinates. He would say, “You leave it to me, I’ll take care of it.”
R. Varadarajan painfully confesses-
I’m not able to go to a temple, because if I go, the first question that comes to my mind is- why has God taken my son away from me?
He adds, “I’ve not become an atheist. But still, when I start chanting prayers, I don’t know why I become emotional.”
How is the relationship shared between Varadarajan and his daughter-in-law Indhu Varghese? Less like formal in-laws! Rather, it’s more of an unbreakable bond between a father and daughter. Although she stays in a foreign land, Indhu never fails to pacify him with her reassuring words, “Appa, I know you’re stressed. I’m praying for you also.”
Varadarajan confesses, “I’ve never seen her (Indhu) become emotional before the public.” In true sense, Indhu proves to be late Major’s better half as she has the strength of mind, to put on a brave front, just like a fearless army officer does.
Youngsters are drawn towards him as they seek blessings before they kick-start their career as an army person. With modesty, he shares some pearls of wisdom with and gives the children a much-needed motivation. He says-
“We should treat our children as friends. We parents, should not force our ideas on them.”
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As a patriotic Indian, I personally feel parents of brave army men, deserve to receive a round of thunderous applause for raising an exemplary person who demonstrates raw courage.
Because I know that between borders lives are lost.
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