‘God places the heaviest burden on those who can carry its weight’  Reggie White

Today on the occasion of India’s 64th Independence Day I greet all friends and readers and write a few words to honor a brave soldier.  This unassuming young man’s inspiring story can easily be described as the epitome of courage and fortitude and the finest example of what makes a country great.

Major Rajesh Mehta was commissioned as an officer from the Indian Military Academy Dehradun in 2000 and joined the 10th Battalion THE DOGRA REGIMENT (a Battalion known for its valor and bravery) in active counter insurgency operations on the border. Thereafter he participated in several challenging operational assignments. He completed all the mandatory professional courses with distinction and in the tough Commando Course he earned the coveted Instructor grading. He is the recipient of  many awards for his courage and dedication to duty.

My first meeting with Rajesh was in his office. Sitting erect and smart he greets everyone with a pleasant smile and continues to work with a quiet efficiency. It was only after several days I came to know from some friends that Rajesh has gone through some of the most exacting moments of his life. The Newspaper report below describes the ordeal he went through. Reading it one feels humbled when we realize that beneath the humble and soft exterior of this young man are nerves made of steel.

In July 2004 the battalion got deployed in the icy heights of the Northern Glacier with Capt. Rajesh took command of one of the toughest posts. The Siachen Glacier is considered to be the world’s highest and toughest battlefield at heights of 21000 ft where temperatures may swoon to lower than minus 45 degree Celsius. Read more on the world’s largest non-polar glacier http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siachen_Glacier

After reading the above narration I asked Rajesh of his feelings towards life in general and whether he holds any grudge. His reply brings out the true essence of a leader who is courageous and inspirational – a leader whose men willingly will go way beyond the line of duty to overcome any challenge.

In a calm but firm voice Major Rajesh said “I am thankful to God for presenting me a new life and keeping my master hand and brain fibers intact. I am thankful to the wonderful organization I joined – The Indian Army and my regiment which has taken care of me and my family till date. I always remember the quote I was taught in Commando –

“MUSHKIL WAQT, COMMANDO SAKHT i.e., “When the Going Gets Tough the Tough Get Going”!     –    JAI HIND

I end this post by wishing Major Rajesh and his family good health, fortitude and happiness in the days ahead. And do listen to a beautiful version of Jaya Hey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JltFQS9kFXA&sns=em

And so I quote Mark Twain‘Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear’  

About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. fairykumar says:

    Great!!! It requires everything to reach the Summit, even your life (most of the times!)

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  2. my dear sweet younger heart I salute you,because I known you have to ——-for our country. you are the biggest hero of our country,and every body are like you.for your honesty.I proud to also my sister Barkha she is very brilliant ,ok then again I salute you for independence day 2015.
    Also I prayer to god for your long life and good health,
    Bhai convey my congratulation to my dear small Raju Divyanshu for his Janeo celebration .

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Thank you for your beautiful comments Praveen I was quite touched by your words. I do hope Rajesh see’s this.

      Thank you and regards!

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    • Rajesh Mehta says:

      Dada, Thank you so very much, i , indeed feel blessed alongwith Barkha and Divyanshu by your so kind ,caring and sweet words. Have conveyed to Divyanshu and Barkha. They join me to thank you from the bottom of heart. Always needy of your precious blessings. With Profound Regards,

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  3. manoj mehta says:

    Dear sir Regards
    This blog once again makes our sprits feels proud to have such kind’s of lione hearted man with us’who have a such kind of devotee inner streanth which is given by god to them’by fortunatly he is my Uncle since childhood to yet i heard n see a lot n lot aboud them’ a great willpower, perfect in what ever is given to do n ask (Soldier’being a inspirational man)’I salute Jai Hind.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Welcome dear Manoj I am so happy to know you are Major Rajesh’s nephew. It is nice of you to pay tributes to his courage and devotion on this blog. He is great but kind soul.

      I thank you and wish you a very noble and happy future. Regards.

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  4. Arpita Dhua says:

    Truly Inspiring. Salute to Major Rakesh Mehta.Salute your will power,courage and positive attitude towards life.Your will power can inspire us to fight with every adversities in life

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Welcome Arpita. Yes indeed Rajesh’s courage and devotion are so highly inspiring. I wish you best of luck.
      Cheers,

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    • Rajesh Mehta says:

      Thank you so much Arpita for your kind and inspiring words also it was great having spoken to you today. Feel free to talk to me about any problem or complication u face regarding wearing and handling of stump a& prosthetics. Looking forward to your visit to my office. Regards

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  5. sonia rawat bist says:

    hi rajesh bhaia! vry first of all i would like to thanxs dilip sir for giving u such a heart touching tribute n yes, i am really vry proud that i am related to u as ur sister.you are the real hero of our nation n heart of our family. i salute you n barkha didi [ur better half] also becouse no doubt she was there with you to save your life.i also salute your will power,your courage n yourpositive nature towords life.u really deserve every good thing in your life.JAI HIND!

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    • Dilip says:

      Gosh Sonia your comment saluting our dear Rajesh is indeed a fitting tribute to this brave soldier on the eve of our Independence Day! I salute him on this Independence Day!
      Jai Hind!

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  6. nachiket says:

    Maj Rajesh is surely an epitome of courage and perseverance… He still is a role model who gives us the motivation to tide through our own petty problems in life and to face life as it comes…
    Truely hats off to him and his family….
    Nachiket

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Welcome Nachiket. Yes Maj. Rajesh and family deserve every bit our best wishes. His exemplary courage is a great inspiration to all of us.
      Thank you for stopping by and regards.

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  7. dilipnaidu says:

    Dear Major Rajesh,

    Your life and experience at Siachen Glacier has served as an inspiration to all of us. We continue to wish you and your family an abundance of health and happiness. Gracious of you to acknowledge the sentiments expressed by all our readers.

    With warm regards.Take care!

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  8. Rajesh Mehta says:

    Sir,
    Having gone through the responses/comments,i would like to thank each one of them from the core of my heart.” Each word of yours is like a wave of motivation for me and my family which will definitely lead our life boat to the shore of high morale & never say die living spirit. Thanks a ton to all of you.
    JAI HIND.
    Maj Rajesh

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  9. psd03 says:

    Dear Friend,
    Thanks for such courageous reply,now my mother in law become inspiration for many, and cause is the reason she carries herself, even that brings energies to we guys ion our day to day life as well.

    Such blogs is a fruitful tool, which helps to spread fragrance of inspiration across the boundaries irrespective of religion,cast and community..

    A big thanks to you all and your tireless efforts..

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  10. psd03 says:

    Dear Sir,
    The latest inspiration which saved life of my mother in law..went thru the similar situation when her left leg got amputated, it was you who became inspiration for us and helped our lives to fetch back to the track….salute you…

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Dear friend,

      Glad to know your respected mother-in law is doing well. Yes Major Rajesh’s courage is indeed exemplary. I join you in saluting this courageous young man and may he and his family be well and in good spirits.

      Thank you for your kind comments! Regards

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  11. Ujjal Dutta says:

    VERY NICE WRITING AND PHOTOGRAPHS.THANK YOU FOR THE SAME.

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  12. Deepak Nath Goswami says:

    I salute such a brave and firm indian soldier. He has porven the proverb right that “man ke haare haar hai , man ke jeete jeet.” I am really proud to become classmate of such brave officer. Jai Hind.

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  13. Dear Sir,

    My salute to our nation’s pride and young inspiration Major Rajesh who has set the example for the youth of India not by speech but in
    activity. Only comments will not be sufficient to our young inspiration
    major Rajesh, the real tribute to his brave & courage will be only when our nation’s young minds will adopt the character of our pride in their life.

    I pray to god for the wellness of health & his family.

    Warm regards,
    Your dear Sashi.

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  14. girish says:

    Respected sir,

    I respect Major Mehta from the bottom of my heart who inspite of his difficulties looks at life in a positive way which is mostly required by us as aptly spoken by Winston Churchill Never Never Never Give up which was his shortest but most admired speech.

    Needless to mention Major sahib is an exemplary citizen of India from whose life millions of youth can be inspired to tread their life for a meaningful purpose and glory.

    Major Mehta is in my prayers for his health , happiness and total victory in his life.

    With my palms pressed with deep reverence,

    Yours faithfully,

    Girish Kohli

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  15. scmittal says:

    Dear Dilip,
    This is a truly a most inspiring story. Major Rajesh is not only a true soldier but a brave and humble human being. Our scriptures talk about learning how to distinguish between pain and suffering. Pain is a result of an event – like getting injured causes pain, or loosing a dear one causes pain. We need to acknowledge and take care of the pain through medical or other means. However, most people allow their pain to be converted to suffering. Thoughts such as “Oh my God! I am done for life, what’s going to happen to my family, how will I earn money” etc which pull the person emotionally down and cause tremendous mental and emotional damage. Major Rajesh, after taking care of the physical pain, has actually moved on to live a highly productive and inspiring life. Kudos to him and thanks for publishing this inspirational story.

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    • Dilip says:

      Dear Subhash,

      Your words are a real tribute to the brave officer – how beautifully the philosophical distinction between pain and suffering is explained in the context of this story.

      Thank you my friend!

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  16. I love that quote! What an inspiring story about courage and bravery. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Nisha Sashidharan says:

    Dear Sir,
    Independence Day Greetings to u n ur family !!!

    this article is an inspirational one ….. i think in dis competitive v leave behind our patriotism and forget that there are such gr8
    Majors and jawan who are indeed the real heros !!!

    Am glad that u blended this article with ur classroom thoughts vich has made it more interesting ans sumthin worth learning !!!

    My salute to Major Rajesh and his family !!!!

    Looking fwd for such motivating and unique articles !!!

    Luv n regds,
    nisha🙂

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    • Dilip says:

      Hey Nisha nice to read your salutations for this courageous soldier! This is true exemplary leadership and many lessons can be imbibed.

      Thanks & regards!

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      • Nisha Sashidharan says:

        Dear Sir ,

        u absoluteli right cz wt leaders lack today is discipline, dedication towards ones work and courage to do something different …. doze who do it make a mark and others dnt. so if we actually blend these examples with the course am sure , its a great sign of creating unique leaders !!!!

        thx fr sharing it with us and vill luk forwd fr such post on ur blog !!!

        regds,
        nisha:-)

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    • Dilip says:

      Thanks Nisha – a great example of inspirational leadership! Best.

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  18. Dilip says:

    Yes the young soldier’s story is inspirational. Thanks for appreciating. Have a great day!

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  19. I am familiar with that Mark Twain quote and it is quite fitting. What a story and more importantly, what a human being.

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  20. Sriram says:

    This ‘ordaining’ by the Supreme Being is called ‘Grace’ by our Masters – lest we all get fatalistic about it, the Masters have also clarified that ‘Grace’ flows in the direction of ‘intensity’ of desire to seek the permanent.

    Even this degree of intensity has been defined – we need to seek the permanence with the same intensity as a drowning man seeks breath of air!

    So that is where the equation changes – and that’s where the ‘response’ function becomes the ‘stimulus’ function and a role reversal takes place – and that’s what is called prevailing over destiny.

    Our Masters have been very vehement in their stand that this is a cultivatable ‘competence’ and hence prescribed various paths and disciplines.

    So its actually up to us to reject these low hanging fruits of impermanence (which are truly delicious in the present – but are actually detrimental to growth in the long run) and aim higher.

    Infact behavioral scientists are coming up with ‘data based proof’ by conducting experiments like the marshmallow test, the long term goal test, etc. to prove that those of us who have patience and a long term vision always end up being ‘happier’. Now the next step that they are indulging in is truly American – come up with the ‘how to’ to make this seemingly dour job of maintaining focus on the long term and resisting the temptations of the short term -( may be they’ll come up with taxes for ‘spending’ and tax breaks for ‘investing’!!) – a reading of the books ‘upside of irrationality’, ‘predictably irrational’ – by Dan Ariely and ‘Adapt’ – by Tim Harford, ‘Change Anything’ – by Kerry Patterson & others will give the reader more details of the experiments that are on to ‘help’ humans be less of ‘procrastinators’ and be more thoughtful in weighing the long term benefits in face of near term ‘struggle’ – an interesting ‘product’ that was developed is the ‘moving alarm’ – that stumbles out of your bedside and ‘walks to the hall’ even while ringing to ensure you WAKE UP!

    Our Masters had easier solutions – infact just one – to get to the the root of it all – contemplation on Nitya-Anitya (that which IS and that which IS NOT) and placing our bets on that which IS even in the face of the that which IS NOT being very tempting.

    To draw an analogy – what is it that is mostly marketed? that which is not really required and hence needs to be made more appealing and attractive so as to grab attention. This is the case of that which IS NOT. made attractive by the bodily marketers called sense perceptions, making them more attractive to us so that it grabs our attention. Also one notices that with time the marketing campaign needs to change inorder to even maintain any level of interest!! Such is the sad tale of impermanence – forever struggling to find the ‘right’ marketing vehicle to support its existence!

    The truly saleable commodity never requires any marketing and is everlasting and enduring – because it Exists without any ‘support’ all by itself and attracts customers through its sheer utility as a ‘problem’ solver par excellence. Customers ofcourse struggle to ‘discover’ its existence, but those who have ‘discovered’ it never leave.

    So lets take a leaf out of Major Rajesh’s life and focus the remainder of our existence in this physical form on the True nature of our existence – the Nitya within us – becoming aware of which there is true ‘freedom’ from the original ‘disease’ – BIRTH – aka – this seemingly endless cycle of ‘birth-growth-decay-death’.

    Cheers!

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  21. Col. Brar Ajaib Singh says:

    Hi dilip. Many many thanks for good wishes and greetings on our independence day. I reciprocate to you and the family. CHANGLA PASS photograph reminded me my days across the pass and twice walked through thick snow in sixties. Major Rajesh is a great soldier who survived due to his positivity and great inner strength i salute him and wish him and his family trhe very best. ajay.

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  22. Sriram says:

    Truly Inspiring. One needs to examine how one gets those nerves of steel. Why is that in the face of utter gloom and doom, someone like major Rajesh is able to see the ‘fairness’ of it all? Is such a person then the true INDEPENDENT? one who IS – independent of the situation he is in?

    This is where all our scriptures help. The distinction between Me and the Body is so important and the awareness that One is not LIMITED by a ‘capsule’ – there is a wonderful tamil saying which goes – the body is one big lie, tis but a bagful of AIR!

    This is the level of consciousness that one strives for in Life and this must happen to Us without going through the harrowing experience of Major Rajesh.

    Adi Shankara pleads with all humanity in the Vivekachoodamani – saying in a 100 cr janmas we get this opportunity to be born a ‘viveka’ human – a man who knows the difference between permanence and impermanence – so please realise this preciousness of this birth and cling to the permanence and remove this ignorance of attachment to the impermanent.

    Major Rajesh has demonstrated that this is possible – by recognising that He is not this limiting body but the limitless spirit and thats a great symbol of independence.

    What a thoughtful story on independence on independence day!

    Cheers!

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    • Dilip says:

      Hi Sriram,

      The wisdom of our scriptures and of our sages do clearly emphasize that the we must see only that which is permanent – that which does not change. And that is the SOUL. Believe “Maan na maan tu hay bhagwan” – this eternal truth is the first step to spirituality and of course it also becomes the last one.

      Sounds so simple but as correctly stated by you people like Rajesh do reach that state one does not really know how and why. Perhaps it is the Supreme Being who ordains it.

      Cheers!

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  23. Lubna says:

    Thank you so much, Dilip Sir for this blog post. Happy independence day to you and your loved ones and to all Indians. Sometimes, I do become cynical and wonder whether we really help our armed forces?
    The latest news item of their not being provided with leather shoes because of Maneka Gandhi, opposing the same as an animal rights activist took me aback. Our armed forces, need to work in the most inhospitable terrains and the least we can do is to equip them properly.

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    • Dilip says:

      Hi Lubna,

      Thanks for your good wishes on our Independence Day and I warmly reciprocate to you and to your near and dear ones.

      I and most people will agree with you that we surely need to go out of our way to respect and acknowledge a soldiers sacrifice in peace and in war.

      Thank you so much! Kind regards.

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  24. Geetha says:

    Respected Sir,

    Independence Day Greetings to you!

    Beautiful quotes in this post and I enjoyed listening to the patriotic song on youtube.

    My humble and reverential salutations to Major Rajesh. This lion-hearted Officer is indeed very inspirational.

    He epitomizes this:

    “You gotta have heart. Miles and miles and miles of it. There’s no bravery or boldness without heart. There’s no spirit or support without heart. There’s no sacrifice or soul without heart. Nothing great ever gets done without heart. You gotta have heart.”

    I have read that the word “courage” has its root in the Latin word “cor” which literally means heart. Therefore, to have courage means to have heart.

    Mera Bharat Mahaan!

    Thanks and regards,

    Geetha

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    • Dilip says:

      Hello Geetha, Beautiful thoughts, the quote and the respectful salutations for young Major Rajesh – due to him from us all. Glad you liked the song sent to me by a friend.

      With kind regards and a Happy I’Day Greetings to you and to the near and dear ones.

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