It is impossible to describe in words the indomitable spirit of army men. For them, every step is a matter of life and death. It is their unending love for their country which makes them stand at the borders like a wall. We recently saw the exemplary courage of wing-commander, Abhinandan Varthaman. His return to India became an emotional moment for all of us. But not all heroes return, some become martyrs. Captain Clifford Nongrum was one such braveheart.
Capt Nongrum was an Indian Army officer of J&K Light Infantry, who was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his exemplary valor during Kargil War in 1999.
To honor his sacrifice, his close friend and batchmate, Lt Col Sandeep Ahlawat, wrote a heartwarming post on Facebook. He shared his wonderful memories with Nongrum, and he recalled his last phone call with him before he headed for Kargil.
Col Ahlawat calls him an ace guitarist, a beautiful singer and a fun loving man. His bond with him was so strong that he along with his batch mates traveled to Lt Nongrum’s home in Shillong to salute his bravery.
Lt Sandeep and other batchmates also visited his grave. They fell to the ground and did push-ups near his final place of resting, remembering their old good days.
The netizens were elated and here are some of the comments:
Interestingly, just before Capt Nongrum left for Kargil war, he had agreed to visit St. Anthony’s college and deliver a lecture to the students. But unfortunately, he couldn’t keep his promise. However, Lt Col Ahlawat stepped in and delivered the lecture instead. This is an amazing example of how great their friendship was.