Ultra Marathon from Kargil reaches Kohima

Ultra Marathon from Kargil reaches Kohima
RD Mathur presenting memento to R. N Ravi at Kohima, Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/6/2019 11:53:16 AM IST

A unique Ultra Marathon was undertaken by air warriors of the Indian Air Force from the Kargil War Memorial, Drass (J&K) on September 21 to the Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima under the banner “Kargil to Kohima (K2K) Glory Run”.

The event was undertaken by the Indian Air Force as a part of the ongoing celebrations to commemorate the completion of 20 years of victory during the Kargil War.

Speaking at the culmination programme at the Kohima War Cemetery Wednesday, Nagaland governor R. N Ravi said that all the rivers and valleys that the rallies came across has rich civilization thereby he said it needs to be adequately documented and presented as it will be invaluable learning and teaching material for the youth.

Ravi said the air warriors are an inspiration for the youth of the country and said the routes they passed through would inspire many youths to join the IAF.

He said the 45 days event has created a wealth of material which can be used by different ministries and institutions, a material for the ministry of youth and sports, ministry of culture and for the ministry for human resource development.

Ravi said the event was an inspirational for the Naga youth culmination at the historical place in Kohima WW-II was apt destination and said this should be reflected in the document because there was a great illiteracy in this country about Nagaland. The governor regretted that wrong information’s has been propagated over a period of time and are demonizing the most evolving civilized people.

He reminded that a village that has met its economic, social, political and different needs, sustained and survived for hundreds and hundreds of years was incredible and it was one of the richest living civilizations in the world and said this fact has to be brought out to the country and this must be known the culmination of glory run was held in the land of very rich civilization.

Ravi commented that being head hunters is a war trophy, fought war and took the head as token of victory and it was prevalent all over the world that warriors has invariably done it but unfortunately he said British period has demonetized and created a pervert narrative about Nagas and Naga society which was very uncharitable. Therefore he said the documents that produced must honestly and adequately reflect the ancient and present glory of the people where the journey has culminated as it would be invaluable contribution to the Indian nation.

Ravi also paid homage to all the brave hearts of the nation who paid their supreme sacrifice with a 

He congratulated the air warriors for the successful mission and also complimented that Indian Air Force has made the country proud at every occasion and in times of adversary IAF per formed that rested a victory out of the jaws of an adverse situations.   

He also maintained that the Air warriors had brought glory at different levels, glory to AIF for creating a record which will go the annals of history as one the milestone.

Air Marshal RD Mathur AVSM, VSM, AOC-in-C Eastern Air Command also spoke on the occasion.

During the 45 days, the air warriors who were part of the team ran a distance of more than 4500 km through the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam and Nagaland. The team was received by Air Marshal RD Mathur AVSM, VSM, AOC-in-C Eastern air Command. As a part of the expedition, the marathon team paid tribute to all the brave hearts who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Kargil war.

The air warriors also interacted with students of schools and colleges en-route to promote awareness for Pedestrian Safety, Swachh Bharat and Swasth Bharat. The team comprising 25 Air Warriors between the age of 21-51 years was led by squadron leader Suresh Razdan.

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