Punjab CM Amarinder hosts NDA batchmates for a reunion after 58 years

The reunion gave the men an opportunity to catch up with each other’s lives since they last met, as they went on a spree of discovery about their years post their service stints.
On the occasion, Captain Amarinder released a book “Tryst with Perfidy”, written by Lt Gen Kamal Davar, former chief of Defence Intelligence Agency.(HT Photo)
On the occasion, Captain Amarinder released a book “Tryst with Perfidy”, written by Lt Gen Kamal Davar, former chief of Defence Intelligence Agency.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 25, 2017 07:57 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByHT Correspondent

In a reunion, which revived ties that go nearly 58 years back , Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday night hosted his batchmates from the National Defence Academy (NDA) for a rare dinner.

Capt’s 57 batchmates from NDA Khadakwasla came together to recall shared memories and experiences of their days of training for the defence services and the years gone by. The reunion also gave the men an opportunity to catch up with each other’s lives since they last met, as they went on a spree of discovery about their years post their service stints, according to an official release.

Captain Amarinder Singh with his 57 batchmates from NDA Khadakwasla. (HT Photo)
Captain Amarinder Singh with his 57 batchmates from NDA Khadakwasla. (HT Photo)

The chief minister said that joining the army and serving the country was the only life he had dreamt and fantasized about. Nearly six decades seemed to disappear as they talked animatedly about those days of stringent tests followed by some tough training, before they could don their uniforms.

Capt Amarinder distinctly remembered the moment when, in July 1959, he joined the George (now Delta) Squadron at NDA, located on the banks of the serene Lake Khadakwasla. His batchmates remembered Captain Amarinder as a distinguished cadet, who captained the riding and polo team at NDA, according to the release.

Capt Amarinder Singh interacting with his batchmates. (HT Photo)
Capt Amarinder Singh interacting with his batchmates. (HT Photo)

Amarinder was commissioned into the Indian Army in 1963 and was posted to the 2nd Battalion, the Sikh Regiment – a battalion in which his father and grandfather had served with distinction before him.

On the occasion, Captain Amarinder released a book “Tryst with Perfidy”, written by Lt Gen Kamal Davar, former chief of Defence Intelligence Agency. Among those who joined the get-together were Lt Gen GS Sihota, Lt Gen BM Kapur, Lt Gen Natarajan, Lt Gen Kamal Dawar, Air Vice Marshal Sisodia, Maj Gen MS Parmar, Lt Gen Prakash Suri, Lt Gen Naryain Chatterjee, Commodore Nath and Maj Gen Gurjeet Singh Randhawa.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • oida is spread across 20,000 hectares of area, having 82 villages. (Sourced)

    Noida authority to spend 24 crore to develop urban villages

    The Noida authority is set to develop villages with a budget of 24 crore. It will repair and construct roads, drains footpaths and green spaces with the allocated fund. Earlier, villagers demanded development at par with city sectors. Following their demand, the Noida authority sanctioned 24 crore to be spent on 33 different projects to be completed by November 2022.

  • The transport department has issued orders to use meters in autos in the past as well, they have hardly ever been enforced. (Sunil Ghosh/ HT)

    Auto drivers told to charge as per meter in Noida, but rates not revised in seven years

    The Gautam Budh Nagar transport department on Friday met representatives of the NCR Auto Union and asked all autorickshaw drivers in Gautam Budh Nagar to install meters and renew their vehicles' fitness certificates within a week or face action, officials said. Rates for meters were fixed in 2015 when CNG cost 37 per kg in Uttar Pradesh. Auto drivers say that the current rate is very low and not feasible.

  • Police carrying out investigation after finding torn pages of religious books near an apartment on Multania Road in Bathinda on Tuesday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

    Holy books found on roadside in Bathinda, woman questioned

    A day after Hindu scriptures were found burnt in Bathinda city, police found holy books belonging to two other religions on the roadside at a residential colony on Tuesday. Also read: Farmers, Punjab CMO in deadlock over demands Police cordoned off the private multi-storeyed colony on Multania Road area in Bathinda for a search.

  • Supporters of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha outside Gurdwara Amb Sahib in Mohali on Tuesday afternoon, awaiting a call from their leaders to march to the chief minister’s residence in Chandigarh if their demands are not met. (Keshav Singh/HT)

    Farmers, Punjab CMO in deadlock over demands

    The deadlock between the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, comprising 16 farm organisations, and the Punjab chief minister's office continued in Chandigarh on Tuesday afternoon as farmer leaders insisted on meeting chief minister Bhagwant Mann instead of officials for the redressal of their demands, including the new paddy sowing schedule and compensation for the wheat crop loss due to rise in temperature in March.

  • BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari. (PTI)

    Suvendu Adhikari moves HC over search of his office

    Bharatiya Janata Party leader Suvendu Adhikari moved the Calcutta high court on Tuesday against the police for searching his office in connection with a forgery case on Sunday. Adhikari, who is also the Opposition leader in the West Bengal assembly, alleged police attacked his office at Nandigram in East Midnapore on Sunday and prompted governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to seek a report from the chief secretary.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, May 17, 2022