LokSabha 2019: WWII veteran casts vote

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 24 April 2019

World War II veteran Col Ram Advani said, “We are among the few fortunate countries to have a democratic form of government wherein every citizen has equal rights to choose his leader.”

PUNE: A World War II veteran Col Ram Advani (96), who fought in the Burma campaign against the Japanese in the famous battle of Mandalay, voted on Tuesday, keeping alive the spirit of Independence.

Resident of Aundh, Advani came on a wheelchair at Sindhu Vidya Bhavan to cast his vote. 

He said, “We are among the few fortunate countries to have a democratic form of government wherein every citizen has equal rights to choose his leader. I advise our young generation to vote with a conscious, Without any fear or favour for a strong and prosperous India, which will be respected by the world in times to come.”

He was instrumental in  capturing and surrender of Junagadh state in 1948 when the Nawab refused to  sign the instrument of accession to India. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel  personally complemented him and his unit for the successful mission.

His unit 140 Medium Artillery Regiment bombarded Lahore Cantonment in the 1965 War and was within capturing distance when ceasefire was ordered.

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