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Kargil War hero marches on

Madhur Tankha
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Maj. (Retd.) D. P. Singh giving a motivational talk in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Monica Tiwari.
Monica Tiwari Maj. (Retd.) D. P. Singh giving a motivational talk in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Monica Tiwari.

“As part of Operation Vijay during the Kargil War, I was leading the 7 Dogra unit at Akhnoor sector. The weather was hot and the war had started…for 40 hours there was not a single fire from the adversary. Even as I was thinking whether it was the proverbial lull before the storm, a mortar dropped near me. I ducked but the bomb exploded and splinters pierced my body. I was almost taken for dead. Though I lost my right foot, I have run nine marathons and am motivating the physically challenged to become challengers,” said Kargil war hero and blade-runner Major (Retd.) D. P. Singh during an interaction here on Saturday.

Fighting spirit

Maj. Singh has faced quite a few rejections but never lost the determination to fight back.

“I was devoid of my parents’ love during my early childhood. Due to financial compulsions, I was sent to stay with my grandparents. My grandparents were strict but they taught me about Sikhism. Martyrdom and sacrifice were instilled in my character,” said Maj. Singh, while delivering a motivational talk on ‘Rejection: The Catalyst of My Life’.

While growing up, he was seen as worthless by his neighbours. As for academics, he flunked his Class XI exam but took the result positively.

“While roaming in the mangrove forest near my school, I learnt that a girl had been attacked by bees. The bees were all over her. I quickly took out my sweater, put it over her and rushed her to hospital. Later, I was told that a few minutes’ delay would have proved fatal for her. I realised that had I not flunked, I would not have been in the forest and managed to save the girl. Despite all my effort, I did not even receive a pat on my back.”

Later on, he got a job with a bank but left it and joined the armed forces. Post-retirement, he is back with the same bank.

Narrating his year-long stay in an Army hospital, Maj. Singh said three days after the attack his right leg had to be amputated.

“ The blood running in my veins belongs to citizens of our country. I don’t know how many people donated blood. I never thought I would die. I would listen to dialogues from Sholay and Gabbar Singh’s famous dialogue ‘Jo dar gaya, samjho mar gaya’ (he who is afraid is dead) boosted my morale.”

He survived, but two years after getting married his wife divorced him. He was injured “physically as well as emotionally”.

So far he has run nine marathons and has formed a club of 325 amputees.

His ambition is to get insurance cover for the general public in the country. “In foreign countries, insurance policies cover amputation. Limbs are provided in case a person meets with an accident but not in our country.”

Maj. Singh seeks better quality prosthesis for Indians.

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Great Major !

Good Luck, spread your message.

from:  Aravind
Posted on: May 6, 2013 at 09:23 IST

I stand up & salute this brave man & for his fighting qualities.

from:  V.Govindarajan
Posted on: May 6, 2013 at 08:43 IST

A real hero and am proud to be an indian

from:  hemanth
Posted on: May 6, 2013 at 08:36 IST

I salute this braveheart and b'cos of selfless people like him we are
able to lead a cozy life with comforts.

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: May 6, 2013 at 08:22 IST

Instead of idolizing people like Mr.Singh, who literally gave his blood for our country, we idolize characters like Sachin Tendulkar, who despite making hundreds of crores of rupees, whined about having to pay taxes on his Ferrari, which was gited to him.

from:  Hareesh
Posted on: May 6, 2013 at 06:45 IST

Hats off to Retd. Major and many thanks to Madhur for bringing an inspiring story to
us.

from:  Swaminathan Kannan
Posted on: May 6, 2013 at 06:33 IST

Bravo Sir, hats of for you Sacrifice and your determination added to your patriotism God Bless you

from:  Shanth SHenoy
Posted on: May 6, 2013 at 03:20 IST

A Sincere Salute to Major. Vijay Singh! Thank you sir for all your
sacrifices for keeping Indians protected

from:  Manoj
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 23:33 IST

Thank you for your service and for risking your life for us Sir! Jai Hind!

from:  Kartikeya
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 22:46 IST

A salute to the Bravest of the Brave. Jai Hind !!

from:  Abhimanyu
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 20:40 IST

Very inspiring!

from:  V. Sharma
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 19:51 IST

salutes to you sir....... you are pride of our Nation and because of
heros like you we common citizens enjoy all the INDEPENDENCE.........

from:  SAURABH RAJPUT
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 19:34 IST

That is indeed a positive story. We salute you Sir!

from:  Sekhar Ganpathy
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 17:20 IST

Keep going stround officer and make us(lesser mortals complaining about life) proud!

from:  Anubhavv
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 17:04 IST

Real Hero - A war veteran, marathon runner and activist. Salute to you
sir.

from:  Pawan
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 17:04 IST

MR D.P.SINGH ,your kind of people provide immense courage and lessons to
face adversities and turn them into your strenght.you have carry
forwarded the tradition of our great armed forces for whom every indian
have deep respect in his/her heart.good luck for your future and your
marathons .

from:  SHEKHAR CHOUDHARY
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 15:52 IST

Our Salute to Maj.Singh. I really moved when I read "The blood running
in my veins belong to the Citizens of this country" .
A truly patriotic brave son of India.

from:  JANARTHANAN
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 15:41 IST

Simply my hero. The blade runner, the brightest side of india, truly inspirational
national figure.

from:  satyanarayna
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 14:40 IST

A real inspiration. May you find happiness and achieve success in your
coming years.

from:  Rakesh Pandey
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 13:47 IST

Inspirational!!

from:  Amit
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 11:15 IST
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