War widows celebrate flower Holi in Dwarka
War widows celebrate flower Holi in Dwarka
Akhilesh Pandey
War widows celebrate flower Holi in Dwarka
Photo: Akhilesh Pandey

War widows celebrate flower Holi in Dwarka

As the capital has already geared up for the colourful festival of Holi, a get-together was organised for the war widows and family members to celebrate at the community hall of the Kargil Apartments, Sector 18 in Dwarka. Bharat Vikas Parishad, Vaishali and Nivedita Shakha, Ghaziabad organised the event to spend time with the war widows and family members of martyrs.

After a long time, they all played Holi with flowers and distributed sweets. Many of them danced on the beats of the drum. They also shared their feeling for Holi and recalled their Holi memories.

Ganga Negi, wife of martyr Umesh Singh in 2000 during operation Rakshak, expressed that she never celebrated the festival of colours since then. But, today she felt elated to spend some time during the Holi Milan.

Father and brother of Captain Sanjeev Pathak, who sacrificed his life during Operation Parakram in 2002, were also present on the occasion. Brother of the martyr Rajeev Pathak said that his family enjoyed the occasion on Sunday.

The event was supported by the residents and RWA of society. One of the organisers and resident of Kargil Apartments, Pratibha Singh who is a daughter of Martyr Subedar Kailash Singh who received martyrdom in 2001 during Operation Parakram told City Spidey, “This was the first such event here in the society and even in Dwarka. We are happy and feeling proud to spend time with each other on the occasion of Holi.”

The team of Bharat Vikas Parishad, Vaishali, Nivedita played Holi with the war widows with rose petal and gave them sweets. Interacting with City Spidey, president of the Parishad, Dr Sapna Bansal said the idea of the event came during a program on Women’s Day where some war widows were honoured.

“We planned to celebrate Holi with them on the same day when we interacted with some of them during a programme on Women’s Day. Today it was an emotional moment as they wanted something like that to spend time with someone to share and celebrate the occasion. The touching moment was that when most of them expressed that no one had time to spend with them. We are happy and lucky to organise such thing for those people who sacrificed their lives for us,” she added on an emotional note.

The team of Bharat Vikas Parishad, Vaishali, Nivedita, Shakha Ghaziabad

Celebrating Holi Milan

A group photo of ladies