Losing a beloved child is perhaps the most difficult situation for any parent to accept and to come to terms with. It is similar to losing a very part of oneself. The story dates back to the fateful night of 28 Jun 1999, when Niebu a local lad from Nirhema village, Kohima well reckoned today as Capt N Kenguruse, MVC, made the supreme sacrifice in the call of duty during the Kargil war. Mr Neiselie and Mrs Dinuo Kenguruse for certain can never forget when the sad news of loss of their brave son reached them.
Parents to a family of 13 siblings, Mr & Mrs Kenguruse were still in their hours of glory when Nikizakuo Kenguruse, a young and energetic youth of 25 years age was commissioned into the Indian Army on after completing the arduous training at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun on 12 Dec 1998. Neibu, the eldest of the siblings was to be of great help to uplift the family from its state of poverty. That unfortunately was not to be when six months later he attained martyrdom.
No worldly possession can compensate the loss of a loved one but the least that the Army could provide to the bereaved parent of the brave officer was an approximate amount of Rs 57 lac towards ex-gratia and gratuity benefits, apart from provision of a petrol pump and pension. At present, an ex-gratia and gratuity remuneration offered to the family of a battle casualty in the case of an officer is approximately Rs 1.30 Crore, excluding monthly pension. I have drawn a comparison with intent to relate to the initiative taken by Mr Neiselie and Mrs Dinuo Kenguruse, which was noble on every account and is worth a mention.
The parents of Capt Kenguruse could have chosen to keep the amount to themselves to ensure themselves a more comfortable home or for raising the 12 children, all of whom were young and unemployed at that point in time! Instead they humbly chose to donate a very large amount for charitable causes, to the church and various social organizations for facilitating upliftment of the downtrodden and underprivileged. Their charitable deed speaks volumes of their selfless spirit and their will to uplift the society.
In time, they say is the best healer yet the family misses Neibu every single day.
Mr and Mrs Kenguruse, continue to encourage their children and grand-children to become honourable citizens of the country and take a leaf out of Neibus book. Today, as much as I salute Capt Kenguruse, MVC a brave son of Nagaland, I bow my head in homage to the parents.
Issued by PRO IGAR (N)
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