Army cook’s son wins best cadet award at IMA

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Gopal Singh Bisht, an Army cook

DEHRADUN: Gopal Singh Bisht, an Army cook, had left no stone unturned in his attempt to ensure that his son becomes an Army officer. On Saturday, Bisht witnessed his dreams turning into a reality at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) here.

His son, Rajendra, not only graduated with flying colours from the academy along with 609 other cadets, but also bagged the coveted
‘Sword of Honour’ after being adjudged the best all round Gentleman Cadet.
Bisht encouraged his son to dream big. “I knew that he had the potential to do something great so I tried my best so that he can become an officer in the Army ,” he said. At the academy , Rajendra was known for his dedication, something that he attributed to his schooling and parents.

MA’s senior officers say that Rajendra had shown talent from the beginning. “He was great in all the streams, be it physical fitness, studies, weapons training and other activities. The Sword of Honour is given to the cadet who outperforms everyone consistently,” an Army spokesman said.

Sharing his experience, Rajendra said: “It requires persistence and hard work to achieve any goal. I am so happy to receive the honour.”

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