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'It's ok to be mediocre': Group Cpt Varun Singh wrote to students of his school in Sep

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Hemant Waje
December 15, 2021 14:57 IST
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'Whatever you work towards, be dedicated, do your best. Never go to bed thinking I could have put in more effort'

"It's ok to be mediocre" -- these were the inspiring words that Group Captain Varun Singh conveyed to the students of his school in a letter weeks after he was decorated with the Shaurya Chakra award for displaying exemplary composure and skill.

The air warrior succumbed to injuries at a military hospital in Bengaluru on Wednesday morning a week after sustaining serious injuries in the chopper crash near Coonoor that killed Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 armed forces personnel.

Group Captain Singh was the lone survivor of the December 8 crash.

He was conferred with the Shaurya Chakra in August for averting a possible mid-air accident after his Tejas light combat aircraft suffered a major technical glitch last year.

His father, Colonel (retd) KP Singh had served in the Army Air Defence.

 

"It is ok to be mediocre. Not everyone will excel at school and not everyone will be able to score in the 90s. If you do, it's an amazing achievement and must be applauded," Singh in a letter to the principal of Army Public School, Chandimandir, conveyed to the students.

"However, if you don't, do not think that you are meant to be mediocre. You may be mediocre in school but it is by no means a measure of things to come in life," he said.

"Find your calling, it could be art, music, graphic design. literature etc. Whatever you work towards, be dedicated, do your best. Never go to bed thinking I could have put in more effort," he added.

The air warrior said he was an average student and barely scored first division in class 12, but had a passion for airplanes and aviation.

"I write to you filled with a sense of pride and humility. On August 15 this year, I was awarded Shaurya Chakra by the President of India in recognition of an act of gallantry on October 12, 2020," he said.

"I credit this prestigious award to all those I have been associated with over the years in school, NDA and thereafter the Air Force, as I firmly believe that my actions that day were a result of the grooming and mentoring by my teachers. instructors and peers over the years," Group Captain Singh wrote in the letter dated September 18.

The Group Captain said he was not trying to blow his own trumpet or writing with a desire to seek a pat on the back, and that he wanted to let the children know a few of his life's experiences that may help them in future.

"I was a very average student who barely scored first division in 12 class. Even though I was made the Discipline Prefect in 12th I was equally average even in sports and other co-curricular activities. But I had a passion for airplanes and aviation," he wrote.

Group Captain Singh was conferred with the Shaurya Chakra for displaying exemplary composure and skill when his Tejas aircraft developed the technical snag during a sortie last year.

"Despite being in extreme physical and mental stress in an extreme life-threatening situation, he maintained exemplary composure and recovered the aircraft, thereby exhibiting exceptional flying skill," this award citation said.

Group Captain Singh was on board the Russian-made chopper as the liaison officer for the visit of Gen Rawat to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington.

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