A father's effort to keep his Kargil martyr son alive

Capt Thapar's father fulfilling his last wish to support Kashmiri girl

JAMMU: Father of Captain Vijyant Thapar, may have lost his son in the Kargil War, but he is keeping his brave son alive. In his last letter, he had wished to financially support a girl from Kashmir, after she lost her father in a terrorist attack. Captain's father is fulfilling his last wish.

Ruksana used to live near the place where the army unit of Captain Thapar was posted in Kupwara in 1999. Only six-year-old at that time, she lost her father in a terrorist attack and also, her ability of speech. Captain Thapar used to visit her every evening with sweets and toffees. Gradually she regained her speech. He decided to support her financially and let her pursue her dreams.

Capt Thapar wrote to his father, Colonel VN Thapar (retd), to carry forward the bond with the girl, if anything happens to him in the Kargil war. It was his last letter, which was made public by Indian Army. His father is trying to cherish his son, Robin's (Capt Thapar's nickname), memories.

Capt Thapar, from 2 Rajputana Rifles, aged 22 years at that time, was martyred while attacking opponent's bunkers in icy heights of Tololing Knoll. He had captured their Barbad Bunker in Tololing, a turning point in the war, and Knoll was won a few hours later. He was awarded the Vir Chakra posthumously for his contribution in the war.

Col Thapar continues to provide assistance to the girl, who is now 19 years old. She is in class 12th and wishes to study further. The parents see their son alive in the eyes of the girl, who also fondly remembers her friend and messiah.

Such are the selfless soldiers of India and the nation is proud of them. 

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Harry Walia