Pradeep Pattanayak

It was his childhood dream to join the Indian Army and serve the motherland. Despite several attempts, he couldn’t achieve his goal. Now he wishes to see his children donning the camouflage uniform of the Army and serving the motherland. For this, he is imparting all sorts of training required for joining the Army to his three minor children-two sons and a daughter. 

These days, the three children are lapping up praises from all quarters for leaving no stone unturned to fulfill their father’s dream. 

A resident of Jeypore town in Koraput district, Jitendra Bahadur’s three children namely 7-year-old Jamuna, 5-year-old Harish and 4-year-old Tapasya on Sunday ran 22 kilometers from the district police headquarters to Damanjodi. To encourage them, there were many officials including Koraput Municipality chairperson, Lalat Ranjan Sethi and sports personality Bapuji Patra at the starting point. City dwellers turned out in large numbers to encourage them. On either side of the road they were passing through, there were people cheering them up. 

They didn’t run for any medals. Behind this dedication and hard work of these little children lies a great reason. 

All of them have nurtured only one wish: to fulfill their father’s dream. 

“Our father wanted to join the BSF and wear the uniform. But he couldn’t fulfill his dream. Now we want to join the army. For this, we have already started our preparation,” said Jamuna. 

Their father, Jitendra, who runs his family by working as a security guard at a private organization, wishes to see them serving the motherland as Jawans. This is why he makes them undergo specific activities. He advises them to run for at least one hour a day. 

“I had the desire to join the army. But due to shortage of height, I got disqualified. I want to see my dream come true through my children. I am giving them training so that they wouldn’t get disqualified because of short height,” said Jitendra. 

To achieve the goal, they need special training as well. Sans government help, this cannot happen, he added. 

In his reaction, Koraput Municipality chairman Sethi said, “What they are doing to associate themselves with the security of the nation is inspiring. I wish them all success in their pursuit.”