Rajnath Congratulates ‘Veer Gatha’ Contest Winners : Newsdrum

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New Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI) Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday congratulated 25 winners of the ‘Veer Gatha’, a literary competition aimed at publicizing acts of bravery by members of the armed forces.

As part of the nationwide competition, more than 8.04 lakh students from 4,788 schools were encouraged to share inspirational stories through essays, poems, drawings and multimedia presentations, the Defense Ministry said.

The competition took place between October 21 and November 20 last year. After several rounds of evaluation, 25 students were declared ‘SUPER-25’.

Singh today congratulated these SUPER-25 students with a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each, a medal and a certificate.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar, Secretary of Defense Ajay Kumar and Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. BS Raju were also present on the occasion.

In his comments, Singh praised the winners for capturing the courage and sacrifices of freedom fighters such as Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and Khudiram Bose and Gallantry award winners such as Major Somnath Sharma, Subedar Sanjay Kumar, Havildar Veer Abdul Hameed, Captain Vikram Batra, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan and Col Santosh Babu.

“These fearless freedom fighters and members of the Armed Forces, who have served their homeland, come from different parts of the country and belong to different religions,” he said.

“But, one thing that is common between them is their love for India. They are bound by the common thread of patriotism,” he added.

The Defense Minister also invoked Mahatma Gandhi, Chhatrapati Shivaji, Bhagat Singh, Ashfaqulla Khan and Lal Bahadur Shastri, urging students to draw inspiration from the lives of these eminent personalities.

“He urged students to understand, through the stories of these personalities, the importance of striking a balance between bravery and wisdom,” the Department of Defense said in a statement. PTI MPB CK

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