Lance Naik Bachan Singh of the 2nd Rajputana Rifles fell to enemy bullets during the battle of Tololing, which was the turning point of the Kargil war.
24-year-old Lieutenant Hitesh Kumar's dream was to be like his father and join the army. "My father was my inspiration and I've seen my mother's struggles very closely," the lieutenant told news agency ANI. On June 9, he passed out from the IMA, exactly 19 years after his father Bachan Singh died on June 13, 1999.
On Sunday, the lieutenant was at civil lines in UP's Muzaffarnagar, his ancestral home, to pay homage to his dad. It was a profound moment for mother Kamlesh Bala, who has been looking forward to this day, for nearly two decades.
Kamlesh Bala recounted the difficult years after her husband died. "It took a year for me to come to terms and decide how to guide my two sons - Hitesh and Hemant," she said. The twin brothers are five minutes apart.
Hitesh, a keen sportsman, went to the military school at Chahal in Himachal Pradesh. Later he graduated from the prestigious SRCC in Delhi. "There were lots of options to go for a career in management but my heart was always with the army," the young lieutenant said with a smile.
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