Hos­pi­tal­ity fo­rum hon­ours 8 war vet­er­ans on an­niver­sary

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Varanasi: Eight war vet­er­ans, who have made sac­ri­fices for the coun­try, were felicitated by the Hos­pi­tal­ity Pur­chas­ing Man­agers Fo­rum (HPMF) on the first day of the two-day an­nual con­ven­tion held for their eighth an­niver­sary in Varanasi.

Among the vet­er­ans hon­oured was Deepc­hand Kayyat Nashik, who lost his legs and his right wrist dur­ing a war.

Apart from Nashik, the vet­er­ans who were hon­oured were Ma­jor Gen­eral Di­lawar Singh, JW Nalin Tal­war, Sube­dar Uday Ram, Brigadier Sushil Bhasin, Lt Colonel Ramesh Ku­mar Ch­hetri, Com­man­der Ke­shav and Ma­jor Aval Sethi. Each of the vet­er­ans se­lected for the hon­our now work for the de­vel­op­ment of the so­ci­ety.

Among these, Ma­jor Gen­eral Singh works in the area of youth de­vel­op­ment. JW Tal­war, who was in the Air Force and served dur­ing the Kargil war, had, in ad­di­tion to that, been present dur­ing 26/11 at­tacks in Mum­bai as well as dur­ing the Par­lia­ment at­tack of 2001. Dur­ing 26/11, he killed two ter­ror­ists and now works to help peo­ple achieve so­bri­ety.

Sube­dar Uday Ram works with farm­ers, while Col Ch­hetri works with liver donors. Aval Sethi, a dec­o­rated of­fi­cer, who is known to have killed many ter­ror­ists, works with PROTEGA and sup­ports the third gen­der.

Nitin Na­grale, founder and gen­eral sec­re­tary of HPMC, said that the hon­our was part of the HPMC tra­di­tion. “Last year, we hon­oured so­cial re­form­ers, in­clud­ing a gen­tle­man who sold his prop­erty worth crores and do­nated it to an ashram. He now works in the same ashram. This year, we thought why not fe­lic­i­tate those who have se­cured the bor­ders of the coun­try,” he said.

Na­grale said that it was Deepc­hand’s story that led him to the other men. Deepc­hand was the first per­son Na­grale con­tacted and promised him that he would be felicitated. “While I was thank­ful to have of­fi­cers across ranks, I broke pro­to­col and hon­oured Deepc­hand first,” said Na­grale.

(Above) The vet­er­ans seen dur­ing the event in Varanasi; (L) Sube­dar Uday Ram and Deepc­handKayyat Nashik

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