Meghna Girish tells students to stay focused to reach their goals
The Indian Institute of technology (IIT) Kanpur hosts a series of motivational lectures for its first-year students every year. But it was a special moment when Meghna Girish, mother of the martyred Maj. Akshay Girish Kumar, recently took the dais to tell the students about the importance of staying focused and working relentlessly towards reaching life goals.
Maj. Kumar sacrificed his life for the nation on November 29, 2016. He is survived by his parents, wife and daughter.
Col Ashok Mor, NCC officer-in-charge at IIT Kanpur, introduced the guest speaker to the students.
In her lecture, Girish cited small incidents from Maj. Kumar's life to inspire the young minds. “Around this time 22 yrs ago, the Kargil war was on. Akshay was only 13 years old back then. He always wanted to don the army uniform like his father and grandfather."
Maj. Kumar joined the Engineer Regiment and served in operational areas like Nagaland, Kupwara and Tangdhar. He also served at a height of 19,000 ft along the China border.
Girish narrated stories from her son's life to portray his motivational power. When Maj. Kumar was leading a Quick Reaction Team against the Jaish-e -Mohamad in the Nagrota Cantonment, he did not take a step back even in the middle of a fierce fight. He ensured the safety of his men and ensured that the job was done properly.
"We see Akshay as a guiding light. For him three things mattered the most. Your own dreams and aspirations must be pursued with sincerity. You should stay focused on what you want to achieve. And you should work hard to reach that goal," Girish told the students while speaking about her late son.
In memory of the late Maj. Kumar, his family started the Major Akshay Girish Memorial Trust. Many students have benefited by the trust and later joined the defence forces after being inspired by the bravery of Maj. Kumar.
"People in your life matter far more than your ego or ambition. Be happy and help those who might be struggling," Girish said.
"And yes, the last one, the country comes first always and every time. Never forget to give back to your country and whatever you can," the proud mother added.
Girish asked the students to challenge themselves by appearing in the Services Selection Board (SSB) exam even if they did not want to join the defence forces.
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