06 December, 2020

The Making Of Real Heroes

The National Defence Academy nears 50 years of life, and is contemptuous of celluloid imitators

The Making Of Real Heroes

NO lights, no camera, just plain action. Warpaint for grease. The real thing for the reel. The National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakwasla, over 16 km from Pune, has hit the headlines several times. Though more recently, with a paler armour. A pastiche portrayal of the cadets, courtesy a superstar-branded production, still has the world's first-ever joint services academy squirming, then ducking for cover.

The pallor is now part of the past. More imminent is the shine round a six-month corner. In January 1999, the NDA will be aglow with 50 years of Being. And of turning out over 25,000 of the nation's finest. The academy alumni are as formidable as the 8,022-acre training facility. In 1991, General S.F. Rodrigues, Admiral L. Ramdas and Air Marshal N.C. Suri tripped off a trend by holding the top jobs in the three services. It continues to date. "A logical sequence of events," is how Vice Admiral Arun Prakash, commandant, NDA, terms it. "Those who joined in 1949 reached the apex in 1990. It does speak of the quality of the...



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