I was an average student and couldn’t have fared well in school without the guidance of Devinder uncle ji (spelling is different but the name is same as mine) and Kamlesh aunty ji, a next door couple.
My dream was to get commissioned into the army.
I had promised aunty ji that one day I will get actual stars and bow them in front of her.
On 6th Dec 1997, after commissioning from Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, I drove directly to their house and bowed to touch their feet.
Donning, full uniform with stars on my shoulder, I said, ” These are the stars and here I bow in front of you aunty ji and uncle ji. Thank you for what you did and all the support you gave me.”
Today, aunty ji is no more. May God bless her soul. I spoke to uncle ji, this morning, who is still in Roorkee, Azad nagar and wished him Happy Teachers’ Day. It was difficult to control the emotions.
I thank all those who, in one way or the other, mentored me, including all those who did not do what I expected of them as that helped me become an even better fighter.
I am the chosen one and blessed by Almighty HIMSELF. Thank you GOD for such a blessed life.
PS: The picture was taken during the piping ceremony at IMA. My grandparents did the honour as they are the ones who nurtured me during my childhood and groomed my personality. May their soul rest in peace.
With the theme Reinventing and Revitalizing the Force of Humanity, a 3-day event, Shishukunj Model United Nations was organised at Shishukunj International School, Indore from Thursday, July 20 to Saturday, July 22, 2017, to instill the delegates with enthusiasm to be aware about the problems concerning the world and to come up with effective solutions. Over 650 talented high-school students from some of the Asia�s most elite schools and colleges participated in the event.
On 21st July, 2017, Major DP Singh addressed the students and the teachers, sharing his views on the topic- I AM THE BOSS. He encouraged the students to take the reins in their own hands and be the boss of their lives. He advised them not to be disheartened by the challenges and enlightened them with the ways about how those challenges should be faced. He said that those who get to face the challenges are, in fact, lucky as the process enables them to enhance their leadership and life skills.
He compared the struggles of life to the school exams. Just as the students become eligible for the next class after passing the examinations, the struggles we face take us forward in life. Actually, struggles are a sign that something good is about to happen. All that matters is skills and knowledge along with the right attitude. He also emphasized the importance of knowing our weaknesses and controlling them, while making sure that the failures do not bring our morale down.
Major DP Singh shared with them his own experience, when he was declared brought dead at the hospital in the Kargil war. Even after his revival, he lost his leg, but he was determined to never depend on others and hence, became active in sports, earning multiple Limca records. He stated that disability is just a state of mind and when you believe that You Can, you are not disabled.
SwachhAbility aims at inclusion of divangs as equals by recognising their achievements and zealous attitude towards life, proving to the world that they are in no way less able. SwachhAbility Run aims at creating awareness among the masses about swachhta by involving them in the mission to make India cleaner, greener and more beautiful.
Carrying forward the spirit of the Indian Army, SwachhAbility Run emphasizes on the inclusion of Divyangs as equals and Swachh Bharat, motivating people to run for celebrating the initiative of changing the world by leading it. This run aims at evolving our nation into an inclusive and pristine land.
Swachh Run for a cause
Major DP Singh, the bellwether of change, upholding the spirit of Indian Army came forward to lead this run and bring a change in the country. Comprehending the need of Divyangs’ inclusion as equals in the country and Swachh Bharat, he invited all Indians to celebrate this run and spread the message.
“I Pledge that
I will appreciate the abilities of people around me and respect and value every creation of God.
I also pledge that
I will do my best to keep my surroundings and my city clean and beautiful.”
Contemplating the country’s future, this run involved the committed participation of school children, thereby making the noble message immortal.
Be the change you want
Lead the change by action, don’t wait for others to begin.
“I” is an alphabet that defines both the noble causes of the SwachhAbility Run. Major DP Singh started his journey with an eye on “I”. He always believed in it and with his sheer willpower, kept on spreading the message “Lead the change by action, don’t wait for others to begin” across the globe. Now in the second edition of SwachhAbility Run, Major D.P. Singh ran continuously towards the goal of bringing a change in the society and covered 5 cities of Panjim, Belagavi, Hubballi, Mangaluru and Bengaluru, resulting in a glorious and spectacular event.
18 years back in 1999, on 15th July, I got injured, I had two choices:-
1. To carry on as 100% disable, dependent on others. Or,
2. To stand back on my feet and make best use of whatever I have.
Any soldier, will make the obvious choice, so did I.
I did not just chose to make best use of whatever I have, but also made all efforts to pay back and keep contributing towards betterment and progress of my motherland. After all, each one of us, injured or fit, have this moral responsibility. And the same is mentioned in “Fundamental duties” of our constitution.
So, the question was and is, “What am I doing to make my country look good”?
I feel proud and humble that Almighty gave me strength to keep following my duties, to the best of my capabilities and HE also ensures that I should make efforts to improve my capabilities.
In the ongoing efforts, recently on 15th July, I was able to celebrate my “Death Anniversary” in Kargil itself and then run, the maiden, Kargil International Marathon on 16th July. After completing my 21 km, I received my medal and directly went to Drass war memorial attired in same dress.
The memorial, where many of my mates, left their name inscribed in golden words to remain alive forever in history and memories of we Indians. I was not lucky enough to reach anywhere near them, but I could touch their feet and lay my medal as homage to their brave efforts.
I know my medal is no where in front of what they did to save our country, but I was finding it very trivial to stand their wearing it. I am sure, they will accept my humble and trivial homage.
May you all stay alive forever in the history of India mates.
And May we Indians cherish your contribution to the extent that we start owning our responsibilities towards this mother earth and do our bit to save it.
That for sure will be a befitting remembrance of martyrs and Kargil Vijay Diwas.
Employing sports as a bridge to connect the people in the best of human spirit, Kargil International Marathon was organised on 16th July,2017, in the city which is renowned for the battle of 1999 which is still etched in our minds. The chief objective of the marathon was to project Kargil as a potential tourist destination (primarily focusing on sports) and to commemorate the Kargil war heroes. By giving the participants a choice between walking or running 5 km, 10 km, half marathon and even take up the Tiger Hill challenge of 120 km, it also attempted to give an insight to the normal citizens about the daily struggles and hardships faced by our soldiers in such a challenging terrain.
Major DP Singh has devoted himself completely to this national cause and is bent on making this initiative, a successful one. He celebrated his Death Anniversary on 15th July in Kargil by cutting a cake, a ritual usually practised on birthdays. Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Subhash Bhamre, clicked a button and launched a new era of motivation, encompassed in a website of Major DP Singh. On the morning of 16th July, Major DP Singh ran his maiden Kargil International Marathon and on successful completion of 21 km, received the medal as an appreciation of his efforts.
His respect for the Kargil war martyrs took him straight to the Drass War Memorial, also known as Vijyapath, where he paid tribute to those, who even after giving up their lives for their Motherland, are still alive in our hearts. Major DP Singh considers himself not lucky enough as he couldn’t be the one among them in the war. He saluted their incomparable sacrifice and laid his medal at the memorial as a homage to the war heroes.
The event turned out to be a massive success as an impressive number of people, irrespective of their gender or age, participated in the marathon with utmost zeal, thereby, contributing in achieving the major motive. Witnessing such an overwhelming response from the people, even the hills demanded. Once more Once more.