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The One Woman Army Behind The Kargil Vijay Diwas Celebrations in Hong Kong

Jaspreet | August 05, 2018

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Jaya Peesapaty migrated to Hong Kong in 2003 and soon felt that she needs to revive her connection with her roots. She took the initiative to work as an RJ for web radio channel, Telugu One Radio and in her show ‘Jai Hind’, she started speaking with the unsung heroes of the Indian army about their experiences in the battlefield. Her show is a platform where celebrated officers like Major DP Singh and Naveen Nagappa have shared narratives of the emotional journeys and physical challenges they and their fellow soldiers faced during the difficult times of war. On ‘Jai Hind’, the comrades pour their hearts out narrating tales of how they survived a series of bomb blasts or how they’re enduring the pain of losing a limb during an attack.

An image of a statue of Indian soldiers raising the Indian National Flag.

“It takes a lot of courage to decide to leave your life and your family behind in order to go to the frontier. Our soldiers do this to protect the civilians. The families of the martyrs feel pain at how little the rest of society cares to acknowledge their sacrifice. With my show, I try to lessen their pain by connecting people to their real-life heroes.”

The First Two Kargil Vijay Diwas Events in Hong Kong

During her interactions with the army men on her show, Jaya realized the significance of Kargil Vijay Diwas, which is celebrated every year on the 26th July. On this date, in the year 1999, the Indian army took command of the Tololing, ending the Kargil War after continuously battling for more than 60 days. Jaya’s interactions also made her realize that this glorious day can be celebrated anywhere, by anyone, and not just by the members of the Defense Services fraternity.

Indian army truck convoy in the Himalayas.

In 2016, she took the challenge upon herself to organize a small event in Hong Kong to commemorate the contributions and sacrifices of our true heroes. She initially contacted the Indian Embassy asking their help in making this event a success. But she discovered that even though many people there were more than willing to participate or contribute for the event on a personal level, officially their hands were diplomatically tied. This initial setback didn’t discourage Jaya as she was wholeheartedly determined to turn Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations in Hong Kong into a reality.

She asked her friends to help her in finding an appropriate venue and soon they managed to arrange a site in the form of a Gurdwara! “Now what else could I’ve asked for! I got more than I expected! Receiving blessings to do the honors and that too in a holy place!” – is what Jaya had to say about her first venue for this special event.

She started promoting the event on Facebook and she sent invites on email and on Whatsapp. She made several calls and finally on the day of the event, a good turnout of about 40 people celebrated Kargil Vijay Diwas for the very first time in Hong Kong. And in the following year, the event was moved to a bigger venue – Tung Chung Club House, which saw a turnout of about 70 genuinely-interested people. The 2017 event received a wonderful response, as people from all parts of the country sent their appreciation and regards for Jaya’s efforts and resolution.

The Kargil Vijay Diwas In 2018

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This year, Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated at an even bigger venue – Tung Chung Community Hall and more than a 100 people turned up to participate in this wonderful initiative. The event was blessed with the presence of several eminent guests and dignitaries including Mrs. Purviz Rusy Shroff, who is known for her outstanding work in the field of social services, healthcare sector and charitable causes.

Jaya Peesapaty, the organizer of Kargil Vijay Diwas in Hong Kong with Purviz Rusy Shroff

Other important guests that honored the event with their presence include – Sri Lal Hardasani (Vice President of the Hindu Temple and Co-Founder of the Sindhi Association of Hong Kong and China), Sri Nand Kishor Rathi and Smt. Sudha Rathi, Smt. Ranoo Wasan, Sr. Gurdev Singh Ghalib, Dr. Manoj Motwani, Dr. Rakesh Sharma, Ms. Ami Ganatra, Sri Nirmal Laungani, Sri Naryanamoorthy, Sri Ghulam Siraj Niazi and Sri Sohan Goenka and Smt. Asha Goenka.

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The event started off with our beloved national song, sung harmoniously by everyone in attendance, followed by a number of music and dance performances and poetry recitations on the patriotic theme. The highlight of the evening was listening to the experiences shared by Niru Vishawanath D/O Col. S. RANGASWAMY, Srishti Bakshi D/O Lieutenant General Ashwini Kumar Bakshi and Yogaraj S/o Mr Chidhambaram, about “Growing up as Army Kids” and the speech by Sardar Gurdev Singh Ghalib, Rtd Chief Officer, who served in the Army Depots Police – British Forces 1981-1983.

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Talking about this year’s event, Jaya said, “Sr. Gurdev Ji mentioned that he had been in Hong Kong for 45 years and still holds his Indian passport, as he strongly believes in his roots and that he holds high regard and respect for his second homeland, Hong Kong.”

The same kind of passion, enthusiasm and loyalty for one’s motherland can be seen in Jaya’s eyes as well.

Her exemplary work to bring the heroes of our armed forces and the general public together forms the basis of such visionary unions. We wish her all the best in all her future endeavours!

Jai Hind!

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This coy and shy looking girl from Delhi can actually binge watch 5 films in a row and talk endlessly about people like Tarantino, Woody Allen, Nolan, Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro. When she's not watching films or writing something cool and interesting, you'll find her doing makeup, shouting on the stylist, preparing her lines somewhere, in some studio of Mumbai (hint - she acts sometimes). Find out what she's up to now on Instagram. Other articles by this author

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