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Gautam Gambhir urges you to support the forces by clicking selfie with a soldier

As part of Fever 104 FM’s Bharat Positive campaign, cricketer Gautam Gambhir is focusing on the positives of our nation and urging people to show gratitude to our soldiers.

more lifestyle Updated: May 31, 2017 16:39 IST
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How many times have you wanted to say thank you to or appreciate our soldiers for protecting the nation? Hesitation, or jhijhak as it is called in local parlance, leaves even the best of us unnerved. But, it’s time to shed your jhijhak, and cricketer Gautam Gambhir tells you how. A few days back he posted a photo on Twitter where his mouth was covered and he had a placard that read ‘jhijhak’. While at that point he revealed nothing about the campaign, now, we tell you, it is a part of the Bharat Positive campaign by the radio station Fever 104 FM.

Gambhir has made a short, silent video using placards in which he urges civilians to thank soldiers. You can also click a selfie with the soldiers and post it on Twitter, with the hashtag #BharatPositive. “One of the things that I’m promoting at the moment is respect for the soldiers. We may not be able to do great things, but the bare minimum we can do is at least thank them whenever we see them, maybe click a selfie with them or salute them, shake hands with them. Do anything that tells them that we care,” he explains.

Gambhir has always been a vocal supporter of the Indian Armed Forces. Recently, he donated the prize money he won for being the Man of the Match during the Indian Premier League to the family of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) security personnel martyred during the Sukma attack (April 24). He had also pledged to bear the educational expense of the children of the 25 personnel. Glad to be associated with the Bharat Positive Campaign, Gambhir says: “The first thing that excited me about this campaign was its name Bharat Positive. With so much negativity around us, I thought this is something I want to do,” he says, adding, “The campaign was first introduced to me around demonetisation time. At that moment, there was lot of negative sentiment in our country. Bharat Positive was designed to turn around that negativity.”

Gautam Gambhir pledged to bear the educational expense of the children of the 25 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who were martyred in the April 24 Sukma attack. (Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times)

He feels that every nation has its own challenges, but people must focus on the good aspects. “Bharat Positive is designed to focus on the good things that are happening in the society,” he says. Any message that he wants to spread through this campaign? “Be proud of the fact that we are born in this great country. Yes there are challenges, yes there are things to do, but in the end this country has given us our identity,” he says.