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Raksha Mantri interacts with NCC Cadets ahead of Republic Day Camp

By A Draft Correspondent 

On 22 January 2022, Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh virtually interacted with cadets of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) taking part in the Republic Day Camp 2022. He lauded the youth organisation for instilling into its cadets the qualities of a leader, soldier, artist, musician and above all a good human being, making them a complete person. 

ALL EARS: NCC cadets listen to the Raksha Mantri during the event
Speaking during the interaction, the minister urged the cadets to find a purpose in life and take inspiration from the many NCC alumni who made a mark in society by adopting qualities of unity, discipline, truthfulness, courage, harmony and leadership taught at the organisation. “The NCC is doing a yeoman service to the Nation by transforming the youth into a cohesive and disciplined force,” he said.

Terming hard work as the key to success, Raksha Mantri urged the NCC cadets to strive for a “new dawn of progress from petty jealousies and soul-sapping prejudices of regions, religions, castes and classes.” He called for equality between men and women, enjoying the highest measure of liberty, consistent with the common good. He laid equal emphasis on moulding with the continuously evolving times and carrying forward Indian values, traditions and the feeling of humanity while bringing about that change.

Rajnath Singh also cited Swami Vivekananda's quote - 'You are lions, you are souls, pure, infinite, and perfect. The might of the universe is within you.’ He encouraged the cadets to go ahead in life with a vision 'to create something new, something of the highest order, something that makes you successful and makes our country proud.'

As an NCC alumnus, the Raksha Mantri makes sure to attend all events organised by the NCC. During the event held at NCC auditorium at Delhi Cantt., the NCC cadets presented a colourful rendition of the song ‘Shat Shat Naman’ to the Raksha Mantri. The event was marked by the announcement of winners of this year’s Raksha Mantri Padak and Commendation Cards. DG NCC Lt Gen Gurbirpal Singh and senior civil and military officers of the Ministry of Defence were present too.

The Raksha Mantri Padak was instituted in 1989 to award the most deserving cadets and instructors every year for bravery or exceptional service of the highest order. This year, the Raksha Mantri Padak will be awarded to Cadet Divyanshi of Delhi Directorate and Lt Akshay Deepakrao Mandlik of Karnataka and Goa Directorate. Raksha Mantri Commendation Cards will be awarded to Cadet Capt Dheeraj Singh of Gujarat Directorate, SUO Somesh Manoj Sinha of Maharashtra Directorate, SUO KH Monita Singha of North East Region Directorate and Cadet Adarsh Sharma of West Bengal and Sikkim Directorate.  

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