Mangaluru, Apr 26, 2015: There is a need for Indians to develop great respect and honour for the sons of the soil who have laid down their lives for the cause of the nation by placing national interests above their individual interests, said Chakravarthi Soolibele, noted thinker and orator.
He was delivering the key note address at a programme named “Sandeep Nenapu” in commemoration of late Major. Sandeep Unnikrishnan who laid down his life fighting terrorists during the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai. The programme was organised by Mangaluru unit of Yuva Brigade.
Soolibele further exhorted people to always make it a point to honour and extend a helping hand to the brave soldiers hailing from the district, whenever they returned home on leave or after retirement.
He also urged youngsters to never let go an opportunity to join the defence forces.
Late Sandeep’s mother Dhanalakshmi Unnikrishnan in an emotionally charged speech said “My son had never informed me about his decision to appear for the entrance tests to join the military. Probably he had the fear that we may oppose as he was our only son. I had in fact insisted that he should be a doctor. But he was adamant that he wanted to serve the nation.”
“Sometime in 2008 when Sandeep had telephoned me, I told him about my plans to go for a job as I was feeling lonely at home. But he said it would be impossible for him to stay at home in my absence whenever he returned home on leave. But he never returned after that. Today we are leading a life in his memory,” she said.
Late Sandeep’s father Unnikrishnan was also present
Yuva Brigade’s M. Naresh Shenoy felicitated the Unnikrishnan couple on the occasion. Sanjana Kamath compered the programme.