Mysuru, February 15:- It was Rotary Sainik Deshrathna Award presentation programme at Rotary Mysore Midtown weekly meeting at RCL (Rotary Children’s Library) Hall on Thursday. However, Major D. P. Singh, the awardee, Kargil war hero and India’s first blade runner, could not make it to the event due to an unexpected health problem.
But the programme was held as arrangements were made to make his video address. Brigadier (retired) Vinod Adappa, Sena medalist was the chief guest. A short video of Major DP Singh was initially presented where he apologised for not being able to make it to the programme. Later on, accepting the award, he addressed the gathering through another video where he dwelt upon his adversities, turning them into opportunities and how he bounced back to life. He lauded the help and encouragement given to him by the Indian Army during his service and even after his retirement. He thanked Shri Sainik family and Rotary Mysore Midtown for conferring him the award.
Brigadier Adappa lauded the efforts of Rotary Mysore Midtown in recognising the services of the army men. He also recollected the sacrifices of jawans and their family while guarding the country. A minute of silence was also observed for the martyred soldiers of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the Pulwama terrorist attack.
Rtn Bhaskar Sainik and his family have instituted this award and this is the third edition of the same. Rtn Dr Prahlad K A, president and Rtn Gopal Krishna, secretary were present on the occasion. Rtn Rakesh Babu anchored the programme, Rtn Harish proposed the vote of thanks. The Rotarians and their family members, Rotaractors, ex-servicemen and others were present. (MR)