Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad

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The Siachen Hero

Ashok Kumar Sawhney , The Siachen Hero "Daily Excelsior" 13/3/2016

Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, the Siachen hero, who left the whole nation in tears after breathing his last on 11th February, 2016 makes me feel of the connect between all of us. I remember, “The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation…One man’s pain will hurt us all. One man’s joy will make everyone smile.”

The scientific term, The Butterfly Effect, which can create a tornado or even prevent it makes me feel that the connect is still existing. Sometimes connect is created without uttering a word even. It could be one’s gesture, one’s action or anything that has its effect.

One among the teaching fraternity, I feel day in and day out, how the ripple effect leaves its mark on the students, the future of the nation. A teacher comes to school in a happy mood, spreads happiness around. Unfortunately, when things go wrong with him, the impact is felt not by the students only rather it is holistic. Same happens everywhere in a pluralistic society.

To make ourselves admirable and the world a better place to live in, ten commandments have been suggested. But even five of the so laid commandments can make much of the difference in the world we live in.

Firstly people ought to be called by their names. We exalt the lives of others if we acknowledge their identity and stop willful nicknaming.

Be genuinely interested in people. History is replete with such stalwarts and the unsung heroes also surface some day. This Domino Effect can revitalize even the bitter relationship.

Praising generously is to be acquired. It seems cynicism has enveloped us. While projecting ourselves, we tend to overlook the genuine efforts put in by the havenots. Yours, the other person’s, and the right ones-can either flare up the issues or counter the same.

Above all, be willing to give service-what counts in life is what we do for others. That is why bravehearts like Hanumanthappa touch lives of so many Indians and immortalize themselves. Empowerment calls for the Ripple Effect. After all, only humans can flap their intellectual wings infusing hope and positivity.

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