in the 26/11
attack, a group of
forward his and
through an online
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Female Doberman is one
of the three Dobermans
at the shelter
emember the fables of Birbal and Akbar, Krishnadevarayar and Tenaliraman that your
granny used to narrate? Twen- ty-one-year-old Nandini Sathya- moorthy is like a granny for many children at various orphanages in Chennai. But the stories she narrates are not about Akbar or Tenaliraman, but of martyrs from the Indian Army.
A student of physiotherapy at Vel\u2019s College of Physiotherapy, Nan- dini along with a group of young- sters from different cities visit orphanages and schools to narrate paeans of soldiers who died \ufb01ghting for the country. \u2018Mission Sandeep\u2019 is a drive to spread peace and patriot- ism through stories of bravery and valour. Above all, it is also a tribute to the brave, young NSG Comman- do, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who lost his life last November in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Im- mediately after the Major\u2019s demise, eight youngsters from various parts of the city started this mission through
Zaheer Abbas, Anurag Chathurve- di, Ambika, Tarannum and Biju Krishnan are among those who initi- ated the idea. \u201cWe recount stories about soldiers in a lively manner for children to remember, this is be- sides distributing food and clothes,\u201d says Nandini, the main coordinator from Chennai.
Today the community has 1600 volunteers. The website is main- tained by moderators from different \ufb01elds including software engineers, army of\ufb01cers, doctors and students. \u201cThe only prerequisite to join this group is one has to be ready to con- tribute to the mission to bring in a change,\u201d says Zaheer Abbas, one of the founders based in Rajasthan.
One of their recent biggest events was celebrating the late Major\u2019s birthday. \u201cWe conducted competi- tions like poetry writing and poster making at various orphanages. The best poster was gifted to Major San- deep\u2019s father,\u201d says Anurag Chatur- vedi, a software engineer based in Bangalore.
Chennai, Hyderabad, Nasik and Pune are some of the cities where the mission is very active. In Chen-
nai, the members meet on weekends to discuss their monthly agenda. Funds are collected from members\u2019 city wise for their various expendi- tures, which include donation through books, cupboards, food, clothes, and social visits.
For those who cannot contribute their mite, the online presence is a dynamic medium. Biju Krishnan, a marketing executive in the U.K., reg- ularly keeps track of the community as well as donates funds for their ac- tivities. \u201cWe have just begun by tak- ing up small community activities. Sacri\ufb01ces of brave soldiers shouldn\u2019t be hidden behind those who simply talk about peace,\u201d he says.
K. Unnikrishnan, father of late Major, who keeps tab of the activ- ities being done in the name of his son feels that as far as it goes with a good intention, such platforms can be welcomed.
\u201cI am happy that though my son is not with me, his sacri\ufb01ces and ini- tiatives have been made him im- mortal
There are many soldiers who sacri- \ufb01ce their lives for the nation. But how many of us know their brave deeds? The team\u2019s effort to spread peace and patriotism shows the \ufb01re in today\u2019s youth.\u201d\u25a0
Less than a year after Major Sandeep
Unnikrishnan died \ufb01ghting terrorists in
the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, a
group of youngsters take forward his
and many more jawans\u2019 stories
through an online platform
prerequisite to join
this group is one
has to be ready to
contribute to the
mission to bring
in a change"
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