His mom and dad had wanted to join the Army, but somehow they couldn’t. On Saturday, Lieutenant ChandrakantaAcharya made his parents proud by winning the prestigious Sword of Honour at the passing-out parade at the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun.
Chandrakanta has opted for the special forces and would soon join the para-regiment, an elite wing of the Indian Army.
“My parents were keen to join the Army but couldn’t due to some personal problems. That is the reason my parents got me admitted to the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun, when I was 12 to develop the attributes of an Army officer,” he said.
He is the second Odia to have won the prestigious Sword of Honour after Lt Pratyush Kumar Mohanty last year. The Sword of Honour is accorded to the best allround gentleman cadet at the IMA.
A year ago Chandrakanta’s cousin Subhendu Mishra (maternal aunt’s son) died in a train accident, but it didn’t stop him from opting for the special forces. Subhendu was serving as a captain in the para-regiment. “From the beginning, I had a wish to be part of the special forces,” he said.
Chandrakanta said he felt happy to have won the Sword of Honour. “I received greetings on my winning the rare feat from my relatives and friends. My parents were with me during the ceremony at the IMA,” he said. He credited his RIMC commandant for cracking NDA entrance.
Chandrakanta, after completing his school education here up to Class VI, got through the entrance to study in RIMC. After passing out, he took the entrance for NDA. But he failed in three attempts and could make it in the fourth. He studied in NDA from 2013 and in 2016 and then he joined IMA.
“He was determined to join Army. I have seen in him certain qualities of an Army officer and I was also hopeful that he would come out with flying colours at IMA,” said his elder brother Suryakanta.
His father Ajay Kumar Acharya is an associate professor of botany at a government college and mother a homemaker.
The young lieutenant, in his message to the youngsters, said they should work hard and never give up. “I must advise youngsters to make the country and parents proud,” he said.