Four generations in the Indian army and a son lost to the India-China clashes last year in Galwan valley. Yet this family in Karohta, a small village in Himachal Pradesh’s Hamirpur district, wants Aditya, a class-8 student, to eventually join the army. In fact, every third household in the village has somebody in the army or at least somebody who retired as a soldier. Aditya’s brother Ankush Thakur, a sepoy in the Punjab Regiment who was killed in Galwan valley, is remembered as a brave man who chose to join the army when he was doing his graduation at a local college. His father, retired soldier Anil Thakur, 54, says a lot has changed at home since Ankush’s death. “Our only regret is that our son went to battle unarmed. We can imagine how tough it must have been to push the Chinese back in extremely hostile conditions,” he says.
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