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HindustanTimes Mon,22 Dec 2014

New Army chief's village erupts in joy

Sat Singh & Agencies, Hindustan Times  Rohtak, August 01, 2014
First Published: 01:43 IST(1/8/2014) | Last Updated: 01:52 IST(1/8/2014)

The symbolism could not be missed --150 kgs of ladoos prepared with pure desi ghee to mark, arguably, the sweetest day for the village.
 
As General Dalbir Singh took over reins of the fourth largest army in the world on Thursday, his native village Bishan in Haryana Jhajjar district celebrated with unbridled joy.
 
Besides distributing ladoos, the village also burst crackers – about 5,000 of them – to mark the occasion.
 
Gen Singh's octogenarian parents -- father Ramphal and mother Ishri Devi -- and other family-members are, however, in Delhi for the past two days.
 
Village sarpanch Raj Singh said that it was a "historic moment" for the entire state and a special occasion for Bishan, about 85 km from Delhi.
 
Significantly, almost every second house boasts of at least one of member serving in the defence forces.
 
"It's a great moment for all of us. We are all so proud of him," Gen Singh's relative Pradeep Suhag said.
 
Before heading to Delhi, 84-year-old Ramphal, who himself is an ex-serviceman, had told reporters, in his village that his son always wanted to don the olive green uniform.
 
He had said that Dalbir was the fourth-generation member of the family to join the army and it was a matter of great pride that he went on to take over as its chief.
 
Ishri Devi, with tears of joys in her eyes, had also termed it as the happiest moment of her life.

A 12-member committee has been formed to welcome him to whenever he decides to visit the village.

The modest village house owned by the parents of the new army chief has been given a fresh coat of paint.

The celebrations, it seems, have just begun.


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