December 2017 Issue Home, 7 Years after ‘death’

We must get the public to look past the glitter, beyond the showmanship, to the reality, the hard substance of things. And we ‘ll do it not so much with speeches that will bring people to their feet, as with speeches that bring people to their senses. – Marle Cuomo

There are democratic ways to express one’s opinion. There are many things I do not like, which are to one’s liking and disliking. But I do not resort to support or induce vandalism…. A Society can only progress when there is a space to agree or disagree, with each other. –Chandran Peechulli

I learned silence from the talkative and tolerance from the intolerant and kindness from the unkind. – Khalil Gibran


Bollywood can’t better this script. A soldier meets with an accident seven years ago, loses his memory and wanders around Haridwar as the Army declares him dead. And then the unthinkable happens. He meets with another accident and regains his memory, coming back home in Alwar to his bewildered wife, father and brother.

In a startling turn of events, retired Subedar Kailash Yadav was preparing to deal with a drunkard knocking on his door late at night last week when to his utter surprise he saw his dear son Dharamveer Singh standing before him.

Singh, a 39-year-old army jawan with the 68 Armoured Regiment in Dehradun, had been missing since 2009 and had been declared dead three years after that as in the norm. His brother Ram Niwas told TOI. “My brother was driving a military vehicle on Chakrata Road in Dehradun when he along with to other jawans met with an accident. Their vehicle overturned on a divider but none of the bodies was found. The Army sent search parties to look for them but it was all futile.”. Though the two other jawans reported back to their units later, Singh had vanished into thin air.

The Army then issued his death certificate and granted pension for his family. The family too lost all hope of ever seeing him, though his wife Manoj Devi continued observing a “Vrat” (fast) for his safety.

After the teary reunion, Singh told his family that he did not remember what had happened to him after the 2009 accident. All he remembers is that he was begging on the streets of Haridwar last week when he was hit by a bike. The rider rushed him to a hospital when Dharamveer, after regaining consciousness, realised he had recovered his memory” said Ram Niwas, who is a doctor.

Singh said, “One biker (who hit him) gave me Rs. 500. I took the money and bought a ticket for Delhi. After that, I reached my village in Bhitela near Alwar. I am in shock. It felt so good to see all of them. I could hardly recognise my daughters. They have become so big”. The family has now brought Singh to Jaipur for treatment.