Republic Day 2018: President Ram Nath Kovind gets emotional after presenting Ashok Chakra to martyr's family

President Ram Nath Kovind presented Ashok Chakra - India's highest peace-time gallantry award for soldiers - to the family of Late Air Force Commando JP Nirala.

Republic Day 2018: President Ram Nath Kovind gets emotional after presenting Ashok Chakra to martyr's family

New Delhi: Presenting gallantry awards posthumously to family members of fallen soldiers is always a sombre moment for India and Indians during Republic Day celebrations. On Friday, it was the turn of President Ram Nath Kovind to present one such honour - and he was left visibly emotional.

President Kovind, attending Republic Day celebrations for the first time as Head of State - presented the Ashok Chakra to the wife and mother of Late Air Force Commando JP Nirala. The braveheart had shown exemplary courage during the Bandipora encounter in November of last year. Part of a joint operation against terrorists, he threw caution to the wind and fought with valour. Unfortunately, he was eventually wounded and he succumbed to his injuries.

 

 

It was a tale that left President Kovind visibly emotional and he was seen wiping tears with a handkerchief after presenting Nirala's wife and mother with the Ashok Chakra.

 

Moments like these serve as a reminder of the valour and sacrifices of India's brave warriors.

 

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