Lt. Sarthak Dhawan, son of an autorickshaw driver from Kolhapur, passed out from Indian Military Academy as a commissioned officer in the Indian Army. Earlier, he also stood fourth in the overall merit list (army cadets) at the 136th course at National Defence Academy.
Lt. Dhawan mentioned that his father has worked hard day and night and he has been ferrying school kids in his autorickshaw for over 30 years. “I have seen my parents struggle for everything and always wanted to make them proud. Today, I have fulfilled that dream by joining the Army.” He first completed his training at the National Defence Academy, which he had got through in the first attempt, before joining IMA. Yet, his excitement was marred by a certain gloom.
“My mother is no more to see me in this uniform but I know that, somewhere up above, she would be blessing me,” he added. He also said that he was missing his father and brother at the ceremony.