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'It Was Heartwrenching To Ask Families To Open The Boxes Full Of Letters Again', Say Diksha And Neha Dwivedi

Written By Shruti Kapadia | Mumbai | Published:


  • Neha and Diksha Dwivedi have authored the book 'Letters From Kargil'
  • Major CB Dwivedi lost his life during the Kargil War in 1999 when Diksha was 8-years-old and Neha was 12-years-old

Neha Dwivedi and her sister Diksha Dwivedi appeared on Republic Tv's show 'Heroes Of India' that paid a tribute to the unsung heroes of the nation. Neha and Diksha Dwivedi lost their father Major CB Dwivedi at a very young age. It has been 19 years since their father Major CB Dwivedi sacrificed his life during the Kargil war. Neha and Diksha claim to have seen their martyred father in their dreams and have mentioned that they were inspired by letters sent from the battlefield by the father to write the book 'Letters From Kargil'. The sisters find solace by reading the letters that were sent home by their father from the battlefield during the war of Kargil.

On Republic Tv's exclusive show 'Heroes Of India' Neha said, " If you want to remember how he was  you go back to these letters, of course he always stays in your hearts if you want to feel that he's still around, you can read the letter because its as fresh as laste years. But if you want to feel that he is around, you read the letters."

Diksha was 8-years-old and Neha was 12-years-old when their father Major CB Dwivedi lost his life, fighting for the nation at the border during the Kargil war. Major Dwivedi's daughter Diksha said, "I remember him so clearly and this is something that I have written my book, I say that somehow my subconscious self, knew that I just have so many years with him. remembers so clearly, his sense of humour so clearly, his humble self so clearly. The one thing I don't remember him is did he ever get angry? The 8 years that I have spent with him are enough for the 27 years of my life.  People didn't know my father before I wrote a book about my father and his unit." Diksha further added saying that she remembers her father's regimen and remembers that it was deployed on May 14, 1999. 

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"The name or the number of the regimen is something that someone will remember anyway", says Neha Dwivedi mentioning that her father's unit was 315 field arrangement artillery. Neha is also married to an army officer. She says, "In the army its like a family, it is no achievement to remember the regimen, the regimen, and the army has really looked out for us. When I got married the whole regimen was there asking if they could be of help in any way."

Diksha further went on to say, "My mom is a powerhouse in the army circle and she was the first person I spoke to about talking to other army families. I had to reach out to ADGPI also and I just picked up the call and got in touch with them. Accessing these letter was fairly easy." She also added saying "Accessing these letters was easy and the families of the martyrs were very supportive. It was heartwrenching to ask families to open the boxes full of letters again. When one of the families found some letters and narrated the letter on the phone, they couldn't finish reading it and I asked if there was someone else who could read it out to me instead." She further said that she told the family of the martyr that she will personally meet them and write it.

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About 'Letters From Kargil', Diksha said, "This is not a non-fictional book I want them to know who they were, what these letters were about. The soldiers at that time thought very similarly and so did the families" Diksha further added saying, "It's very small things, you can do really small things for your country, last week when I went to Kargil, a lot of letters were written to the soldiers from common people which inspired them"

Neha said that when they were visiting Kargil they had started a campaign especially for people who would want to send letters to the soldiers guarding the border. Talking about the campaign she said, "We started a campaign wherein we said that we are going to Kargil and if you want to send in some, and we are still getting requests for it". These letters are not just sent to the soldiers from their families, but also from common people. According to the Neha and Diksha Dwivedi, the letters sent by the people of the country is what really motivates them. She also mentioned that the privilege that one calls their right was very rare at the time of the Kargil back in 1999.