Gentleman Cadet Abheesht Dwivedi, a former NDA cadet who was among the passing-out cadets, said Army officers had the unique combination of confidence and physical and mental stamina at a young age to lead the men even under adverse circumstances. “It is a very special day for me and my family members. I have worked day and night to accomplish my dream,” he said. Dwivedi hails from Kotdwar tehsil in Pauri district, Uttarakhand.
Abheesht’s mother Chandrakala Dwivedi, and father Veerandra Dwivedi felt proud that their son was joining the Army. He said his parents were government teachers and they always motivated him to join defence forces.
Gentleman Cadet Tarun Rai, son of serving Wing Commander SK Rai who belongs to Gajipur in Uttar Pradesh, decided to join the Indian Army as his father is serving in the Indian Air Force while his sister is serving in the Indian Navy. He said the best part about Army officers was that they lead men even in adverse situations and sacrifice their lives, whenever required.
Senior Under Officer Ashish Kapoor, a farmer’s son from Kurukshetra, Haryana, was awarded the silver medal. He is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun, and the National Defence Academy, Pune. He said passing out from the portals of the IMA was like a dream come true for him.
Sharing similar sentiments, Gentleman Cadet Wasif Majied, who hails from Daru tehsil in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. He is keen to face terrorists in the Valley when he joins his battalion.