Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, who was visiting his native village Bishan in Haryana’s Jhajjar district, sent out an appeal that people should send their daughters to fight for the country.
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General Suhag, who commands an army of 1.3 million soldiers while addressing a gathering said:
“Give your daughters the best education and opportunities that are at par with boys to prepare them as future soldiers of the country, I want maximum girls to join the armed forces.”
After seeking the God’s blessings, he went on to address the students at the local government school, where he had completed his primary education.
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To encourage them further, he also announced that during his lifetime he will institute two scholarships of Rs 2,100 each. The schloarship in turn would be given to the meritorious students of the school every year.
The respect that General Suhag got was also shared by his parents Ram Phal Suhag and Ishri Devi who shared the stage with him and where the army chief gave them complete credit for his success.
Reminiscing his childhood days he said that even after serving the Army for 42 years, he had never forgotten the time he spent at the village and recalled the time he was a fitness freak who used to help in irrigating fields, harvesting crops and even feeding livestock at his house.
Suhag’s village Bishan, though small with population of just 2,000 people, is known as ‘Faujiyan ka gaon’ (village of soldiers) in Jhajjar as it has the largest number of soldiers in the armed force (400), that is one in every house with the solider either serving the Army or being a pensioner.