A 19-year-old girl lost her father in the Kargil war. Aparajita Acharya, who was born three months after her father Major Padmapani Acharya died for the country, has paid a unique tribute to her father. She has now written a book on her father’s heroism.

Aparajita unveiled the Coffee Table Book to commemorate her father’s 50th birth anniversary in Hyderabad. The book documents Major Padmapani Acharya’s inspiring story coupled with a collection of his letters and some photos

The book was launched at a programme organised by Synchrony in the city.

Major Padmapani Acharya was honoured with the second highest Indian military award, Maha Vir Chakra, posthumously for his heroic action during the Kargil War. He had led the team into the Kargil battlefield against Pakistani terrorists. When the Indian Army was attacked, he did not hesitate to sacrifice his life for the greater good.

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“The book documents the collection of his letters to home, some photographs and a brief write-up on his life,” said Aparajita

General Srinivas Rao told The Hindu, “He is not only a role model for the soldiers, he is a role model for the nation.”

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Major Padmapani Acharya was commissioned into 2 Rajputana Rifles and led his company in Kargil war. He was martyred on 28 June, 1999, and died while leading a platoon to capture Tololing amid a shower of artillery shells from the enemy.

The book was jointly launched by Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Officer Commanding, Telangana Sub Area and Major Acharya’s daughter Aparajita.

Feature Image credit: PRO Defence Hyderabad / Twitter

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