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

Today the 15th of August on the occasion of India’s 65th Independence Day I pay my humble tributes to young Rajesh Mehta.  His dedication to his profession and his exemplary sacrifice in the line of duty is an epitome of courage. What inspires me most is in spite of his extreme mental and physical hardship Rajesh continues to smile and serve.

Students of leading management Institutes in Pune come in groups to pay their regards to Rajesh and in the process take home with them his wonderful spirit and positive energy. I guess there can be no higher and better example of ‘employee engagement’. Perhaps Corporate and MBA educators will wonder what makes an organizations build in their very DNA such exemplary leadership and commitment.

Last year on this day I saluted Major Rajesh for what he is. Please do read the narration – https://dilipnaidu.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/leadership-is-courage-and-commitment-a-tribute/

P.S. My friend Biswadip has included a beautiful video below in his comment! I feel I must share it with you all –


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. Maj Gen M S S Krishnan, VSM* says:

    My humble and proud salute to a spirited comrade. I have been truly inspired.

    • dilipnaidu says:

      Dear General,
      Your tribute to Rajesh Mehta is indeed inspiring. I am honored by your visit and wish you very well.
      Thank you sir.

      With kind regards,
      (Blog adminstrator)

    • Rajesh Mehta says:

      Dear General, Delighted having received your inspiring comments. It was my honor to meet you sir. Thank you so much sir for your kind blessings. With fond Regards, Rajesh

  2. Col (Retd) DV Tomar says:

    Major Rajesh Mehta,
    My brother in uniform, your ever smiling face on your balanced shoulders speaks of your total dedication towards your duty. You are the living legend of courage and sacrifice. Your spirit and positive attitude is remarkable. Your nerves & will power are of diamond and nothing in this world can over shadow that. It is because of such exemplary sacrifice of officer like you, that people in other parts of India can sleep peacefully.
    Your wife too deserves a special place with you. May God bless you all & fulfil all your desires.
    I, my wife & entire family wish You & All your family members A Very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2014 and A Very Happy Life throughout with Good Health.

    • dilipnaidu says:

      Col. Tomar sir today is Indian Army Day and I join you in saluting this courageous officer and his lady-wife for their highest contribution for the Nation.

      Please accept my greetings to you for the New Year as well a for the Army Day 2014.

      Kind regards!
      (Blog author)

    • Rajesh Mehta says:

      Sir, Sorry for the delay in responding. My wife joins me to thank you for the compliments, good wishes and your kind and humble blessings. We wholeheartedly appreciate it. Regards,

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  4. Chander Shekhar Choudhary says:

    I served with Rajesh and know the circumstances he had passed through. Men with nerves made of steel and of strong will power can only survive in those circumstances.
    Rajesh you are a true fighter, we are proud of you keep it up.
    I quote Socrates “He is man of courage who does not run away, but remain at his post and fight against the enemy”.
    Rajesh did it, he fought against all odds. He is really a man with lot of courage.
    I salute him.

    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hi Chander having served with Rajesh a tribute coming from you indeed very special. And the quote by Socrates is apt and inspiring.

      Yes I too join you in the salutation to this brave ‘commando’.

      Thank you and with kind regards.

    • Rajesh Mehta says:

      Thank you so much sir for your kind words & blessings. I miss those days when we were in the same office. learnt a lot through you experiences, also thank you for all the guidance & support. Regards

  5. Rajesh Mehta says:

    Good Evening Sir, Thank you so much for the very Quick action to activate the response/comment tab. We shall definitely have more responses/ blessings coming this way. Regards

    • dilipnaidu says:

      Oh yes Rajesh I am sure viewers and my readers love to get inspired reading this post. Thanks to the WordPress support team who guided me very well and promptly too. BTW in this comment there is a slight typo in your email id (rajeshmht88@gmil.com) that’s why it had to be moderated:)

      Fond regards to you and family:)

  6. dhkh says:

    i proud of u my dear brother,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    AND Nervousness,unhappiness, repentance will never touch your mind. I and my family wish you a very meaningful, cheerful ,courageous, joyful, and happy life throughout. my nephew and bhavi maa will look after you with most devotion and love which shall give very charming life ahead. God is great and his blessings will always be with you for the sacrifice you have made for humanity.

    • Rajesh Mehta says:

      Brother, thanx a ton & so sweet of you for your kind, humble & heart touching words for me & my family. i do need your good wishes & blessings of Almighty in life. Barkha & Divyanshu join me to wish you Good luck & God speed in all your future endeavors of
      life. Take care.

    • Manoj mehta says:

      First of all we salute your bravery, we are proud of you dear chachu we wish you very happy life with little champ Divyanshu and my dear great chachi. We always keep it what you have done for the nation.

      Kind Regards,

      Manoj Mehta and family

      • Rajesh Mehta says:

        Dear Manoj, Barkha & Divyanshu join me toThank you for your sweet & caring words.we appreciate it whole heartedly. Take care God bless u & family.

  7. la386 says:

    Mahendra Singh Raghuwanshi..

  8. la386 says:

    Maj Rajesh Mehta : Nothing can stop yourself if you decided to leave it with full of joy ..
    Have to dedicate some famous line to you …
    Khudi ko kar bulund itna ke ,khuda khud bande se pooche .bata teri razza kya hai….

    Hats off to you sir ..

    Jai Hind..Jai Bharat .

    Mahendra Singh Raghuwanshi..

  9. Ramesh says:

    sir I salute ur bravery what u have done for the nation makes me proud.
    thank u!!!

  10. Major G. D. Raje says:


    1. Major Rajesh Mehta, at the outset, I Major G. D. Raje (Retd.) salute you as a great warrior of Indian Armed Forces. At the world’s highest battlefield, Siachen Glacier, your sacrifice will be remembered and honored by all Indian Armed Forces and all the people of our great nation, Hindustan.

    2. Your Disability with amputation of a leg from the hip, another from the knee and a hand from elbow will never be forgotten by the whole nation and Indian Armed Forces will remember as unparallel sacrifice and role-model idol for them.

    3. Nervousness,unhappiness, repentance will never touch your mind. I and my family wish you a very courageous, joyful, meaningful, cheerful and happy life throughout. Your son and wife will look after you with most devotion and love which shall give very charming life ahead. God is great and his blessings will always be with you for the sacrifice you have made for humanity.

    Wishing a very charming, happy life, I remain your well wisher forever.
    Yours Lovingly,
    Major G. D. Raje (Retd.)

  11. Sandeep Bhattacharjee says:

    Thank you Major Mehta for the help you extended to me and my Mother when we visited your office to get the CSD canteen card. Your Helpfull nature and the soft spoken words were really appriciated by my mother ( M/O Late Capt. Sanjit Bhattacharjee ).
    May God bless you and your Fly … You are really a fighter and we are proud of you.

    • Dilip says:

      Kind words for our Major Mehta from you Sandeep!
      Thanks from my side to you. Warm regards.

    • Rajesh Mehta says:

      Sandeep Sir, pleasure is entirely mine i am really honoured and priviledged to serve mother of a great soldier who is an inspiration for the Oranisation. Thank you so much for your appreciation. Regards.

  12. saurav says:

    respected sir,
    when i entered your office i didn’t noticed but when you were talking i found that you have something special that really inspired me and ur talk just motivated me. And i must say you have a golden heart and have courage to fight any war in life. Keep enjoying your life and thnx for ur information about ssb.

  13. Aseem Jamwal says:

    Major Mehta is a fighter. The MarkTwain quote truly colors itself here : ‘Courage is not absence of fear but mastery of the same’ . I have met him a couple of times but never realized that i am standing in front of a man whose nerves are made of steel. truly remarkable. Its men like him that make our ARMY as mighty as it is.##RESPECT

  14. kalyani says:

    I would like to take this opportunity to salute Major Rajesh Mehta for showing such exemplary courage at the most difficult times of his life. I am moved to tears after going through the article. Everyone should learn from his experience. May God bless you and your family specially your wife Barkha who stood by you like a rock and also your colleagues.Keep doing the good work and our prayers will always be with you. Cheers.

    • Dilip says:

      Thanks Kalyani for your touching kind thoughts. I too join you in saluting this courageous family and wish them great happiness.

      Thank you and kind regards.

    • Rajesh Mehta says:

      Thank you so much ma’m for your kind & humble blessings. Your each word has tremendous value for me & my family. Please do keep us in your spiritual healings. We are so thankful to you for your unseconded supported. Regards

      • kalyani says:

        Major Mehta you are always in my prayers.Life is sometimes very harsh on us but remember one thing God gives these exams only to people who can face all this with courage like you have shown.You have a wonderful life ahead and your son will make you very proud when he grows up.Gheers.

    • Rajesh Mehta says:

      Ma’m,Thank you so much , your each word gives me & my family tremendous mental and physical Strength. We would be needy of your blessings always. Regards. Rajesh, Barkha & Divyanshu.

  15. divynsnshu says:

    I met Maj Rajesh Mehta a couple of days ago.I have utmost respect for that man as he has shown exemplary eg of courage, struggle and the will to fight to live on everyday.
    I salute you sir.
    I have a lot of respect for the armed forces as even my father was one of them.
    And its a co incidence that my name and Maj Rajesh Mehta’s son’s name is the same i.e. Divyanshu.
    Dear Divyanshu
    I know you ll be reading this.hey buddy let me tell you that i have passed out from your school only i.e. Army Public School in the year 2007.
    When i was a kid I used to think that I am the only one in this world with this name as what you feel now but as i grew i found many more Divyanshu’s.

  16. avnish bajpai says:

    Maj Rajesh Mehta is a real motivation and inspiration to all soldiers,, and even after such terrifying accident,,,, he has never let his spirits go down towards our country and for our Indian Army,,,, Salute to you Rajesh Sir,,, You are a living legend.

  17. Madhu says:

    Inspirational post…thanks Dilip!

  18. Ankita sen says:

    Happy Independence day to all….from a proud Indian!!!JAI HIND

  19. Dear Sir

    Wishing a very Happy Independence Day!!

    In India, some people think it is just a holiday. They never think how many people sacrifice their lifes for this Independence and still sacrificing on borders, long from their families to save our families.

    Some people say, hume India ne aaj tak diya kya?? unko yeh nhi maloom.. jab hum foreign country jaate hai toh hamare passport par REPUBLIC OF INDIA likha hota hai.. when we go there and get the citizen of that country still we knows as Indians not American or Britisher.

    I think we have to learn patriotism from US or any foreign country, any of his citizen never listen any negative word for his country.

    On this eve, I salute to Indian Defence Services (ARMY, NAVY & AIR FORCE)

    JAI HIND!!


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Oh ho Vedant I love to see you on a horse – you surely look like a handsome prince:) Right you are we must avoid negativism at any cost … if we can’t do much we can at-least send positive vibes …

      Yes I join you too saluting my comrades – cheers

      Thank you my dearest friend!

  20. Lubna says:

    Thank you for enlightening us with Major Rajesh’s story. I wish we appreciated our brave soldiers more and provided them with the very best. When I was living in Bangalore for a few years, I had colleagues who were army children. They used to speak about the army school, which though taught them a lot of values, didn’t have the best of facilities. This itself was so sad. I mean, which father does not want to give his kid the very best?
    Belated Independence Day, Dilip Sir.

    • dilipnaidu says:

      Dear Lubna,

      What a lovely response you have been my source of inspiration when I started blogging as a novice.

      Its true the facilities in some Army schools do lack but since the past few years there is a sea change with relentless efforts by the Army. I say from my own experience of setting up a full fledged top quality engineering college – The AIT in Pune.

      Thanks for the greetings.

  21. amira says:

    Long live your independence:)
    India is such a diverse country with a rich heritage and intelligent poeple.
    May your people continue to shine throughout the world

  22. artzent says:

    Wonderful milestone for your country. Congratulations!

  23. Bindu John says:

    I salute the courage and sacrifice of the brave soldiers. Great post. Jai Hind!

  24. Addie says:

    I work for a Korean company and the 15th is no-work day. Korea celebrates their victory over Japan. Even though I’m not Korean there is a joy in my heart for what them Koreans call the restoration of light day. I have the same joy in my heart for your country’s independence. Very nice tribute you have here.:)

    • dilipnaidu says:

      Wow what a coincidence! Greetings for Victory Day! I am a great admirer of the Korean companies like Samsung, LG & Hyundai! These companies are market leaders in India.

      Glad you liked the post. Kind regards.

  25. Asifa Zunaidha says:

    The soldiers are indeed brave… Would there ever come a day on Earth that World becomes devoid of borders, and young capable courageous men don’t die fighting each other, in the name of War… May peace prevail on Earth! Jai Hind! Happy Independence Day:-)

  26. salute the brave soldiers who stand guard out there , so we can sleep properly at night ..

  27. Happy 65th Independence Day India!

  28. Biswadip says:

    Dear Sir,
    Feel hard to control my tears.My Salutations to our brave soldiers who are keeping my country safe and secure.They are real God,real Hero to me.For them at any given point of time their country comes first. Also my humble tribute to Major Rajesh Mehta.He’ll remain an Inspiration to us.
    It is just about the need to be selfless in carrying out our activities and try giving our best to the Country in every act that we carry out.
    “Vande Mataram”!!

    Wish you and all readers “Happy Independence Day”.


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