Patriotic tribute says NEw Indian Express

Monday October 1 2007 13:16 IST
Express Features

A standing ovation for over five minutes - that’s how the audience in the jam-packed Ravindra Bharathi responded after Kargil heroes Paramveerchakra Grenadier Yogender Yadav (who was pumped 18 bullets all over the body) and Sanjay Kapoor narrated blow by blow their battle against Pakistani soldiers and then against injury and death in their triumphant saga.The heroes participated in the Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s birth centenary celebrations organised by Vandemataram Foundation and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Seva Samiti here on Sunday morning.

There was a palpable surge in the patriotic spirit among the members of the audience who heard the heroes in rapt attention. The spirits further rose with little Jhansi Ranis, Subhash Chandra Boses and Bhagat Singhs rallying on the stage raising slogans Vandemataram, Bharatmata ki Jai, Inquilab zindabad and students performing kits and dance programmes.

Virendra Sindhu, daughter of Bhagat Singh’s younger brother Kultar Singh, who was present along with her husband Naresh Arora, said, “Though 60 years have passed since Independence, most of the Indians lack basic facilities like food, shelter and clothing and there is no better way of paying tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh than working towards achieving these goals.”Sindhu was born nine years after the execution of Bhagat Singh in 1931 and married Naresh Arora in 1968 after which they settled in London. She wrote books like Patra aur Dastavez and Mere Kranthikari Sathi.

“We are not staying there to make a living but to make a mark as Indians,” says Naresh Arora, a former BBC journalist, who authored six books with his pen name Naresh Bharathi (Bharathi signifies his love for his motherland).A sword belonging to Uyyalavada Veera Narasimha Reddy ( which butchered about 575 British soldiers in 1847) was displayed marking 160 years of his exploits.“Despite being the foremost in launching attack against the British in Kurnool region, Veera Narasimha Reddy couldn’t find a place in history,” rues founder director of Vandematram Foundation Ravindra.

The participants also went through an exhibition on the important events in the life of Bhagat Singh and checked out book stalls at the entrance of the venue.Parents of departed heroes of Kargil war Raja Reddy and Padmapani Acharya were among those present.
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