Pune: In order to popularise brave soldiers, who have exhibited exemplary courage, supreme sacrifice and intense patriotism, a city-based organisation is conducting a competition to tell stories of gallantry award winners.
The competition of presentation of stories of war heroes will be organised by NGO Paramheet on the eve of the Republic Day i.e. January 25, 2018.
This competition will be held in three groups, viz school students, college students and open category, wherein any group can participate. The presentation can be made in any form, such as narration, storytelling, drama, or even Power Point presentation. The presentation can be done in any language - Marathi, English or Hindi.
The maximum time limit for each presentation would be 15 minutes. The details about the battle stories of the heroes can be obtained from the Internet or various books.
Col Sudhir Naphad (retd), founder president of NGO Paramheet, told Sakal Times, “Right from the dawn of the first Independence day of our country, till this very moment, our armed forces have been vigilantly guarding our borders against external aggression, and not only that, they have been successfully fighting against terrorists. While doing this, our brave soldiers have exhibited exemplary courage, supreme sacrifice and intense patriotism. These examples are a source of inspiration not only to the present generation but for many more to come in the future. We all owe our safe and comfortable lives to their dedicated performance of their duty. Many of these soldiers have been awarded Paramveer Chakra or Ashok Chakra, the highest gallantry awards during war or peace respectively. Paramveer Chakra is next to Bharat Ratna in precedence. However, we hardly know about the stories of these great heroes of our nation. We do not even know their names. There are 21 Paramveer Chakra winners and more than 30 Ashok Chakra winners in our country. In order to enable our people to know more about these heroes and the stories of their valour, we are organising this competition.”
After the preliminary round, 4-5 teams will be selected for the final round, and prizes will be given to the first three teams.
As an incentive, all the participants of the competition will be taken on a motivational tour to National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, in March 2018.