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WATCH: Union Minister Col. Rajyvardhan Rathore Reminisces About His National Defence Academy Days; Rare Pictures Accessed

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

MoS (Independent) Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, spoke exclusively to Republic TV's editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami in the latest edition of 'Nation Wants to Know', wherein he got nostalgic of his National Defence Academy (NDA) days. 

The Union Minister Rathore has had quite a multi-hued background, for winning the country's first individual Olympic silver-medal in rifle shooting and secondly for retiring from the Indian Army before joining the BJP. 

He is the 77th-course graduate, who passed out of NDA in 1977. Republic accessed a few unseen pictures of Col Rathore from his days in the Defence force and academy training-

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Citing his visit to the NDA a few days before, the Union Minister elucidated how there's a difference between 'commitment and contribution' towards the country.

He said, "Yesterday I was in National Defence Academy, I went there and the whole academy was there. A cadet asked me, what is the difference between a soldier and a politician? People are very perceptive. When they look into the eyes of the leadership of Prime Minister they actually see the intensity of commitment, one is a contribution but the other is commitment. The contribution is limited, but commitment is for life." 

"A soldier is committed to this country, a politician or others may contribute to this country. Today we have a sort of leadership that is committed to build the nation and that is the difference," he said. 

You can watch the full interview here

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