On the 52nd anniversary of the sinking of INS Khukri during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, Ameeta Mulla Wattal, daughter of the ship’s captain, reflects on her father’s courageous decision to go down with his ship.
A Journey to Ezhimala, Kerala
The narrative unfolds as the author describes the enchanting journey to Ezhimala in Kerala, where the Indian Naval Academy is nestled over two thousand five hundred acres. The ambiance is filled with the fragrance of cinnamon and cloves, and the landscape is adorned with a bluish-green haze over the hills.
Connecting Ancient Seaports
Ezhimala, an ancient seaport with a rich history, has ties to civilizations like the Greeks, Arabs, Romans, and other sea-faring peoples. The author paints a vivid picture of the region, mentioning Mount Dilli in the distance, once used by Vasco De Gama and now safeguarding Indian maritime interests.
Passing on a Legacy of Courage
As the author shares her experience, the legacy of courage left by her father, who was posthumously awarded the Mahavir Chakra, comes to life. The poignant decision to donate her father’s Mahavir Chakra to the Naval Academy becomes a symbol of honoring not only a personal sacrifice but also a national legacy of bravery.
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