Revisiting School Memories

Written by Alok Mohan on August 24, 2023. Posted in Uncategorized

Revisiting School Memories.

I wanted to share a brief historical perspective on the Chinese Invasion of India and the subsequent war in 1962, before I share my school memories . This invasion, is often referred to as the Sino-Indian War, which marked a significant chapter in our nation’s history.
The invasion began in October 1962, when Chinese forces launched an attack on India’s northeastern border. This event escalated tensions between the two countries, leading to a full-scale war that lasted for about a month. The war had resulted in territorial losses for India. The war had also highlighted the importance of diplomatic and strategic approaches in maintaining international peace.
The conflict had left a lasting impact on the geopolitics of the region and shaped the way both India and China had interacted thereafter with each other.
It serves as a reminder of the complexities and challenges that can arise in international relations.
While the wounds of the past remain, the lessons to be learnt by people & politicians of India, I wish to share some emotions with my alma about the 1962 war and about loss of many indian soldiers & officers.

I remember my two close relatives, both in infantry wing of Indian Army, had participated in the war.
Their respective regiments were deployed on different borders of India.
I have some fond & deep memories of those days.
I remember, Swaran Bala madam (our principal) had handed over shoe polish & brush to us, so that we children, go to different people, polish their shoes & collect money, to be donated for the welfare activities of Army soldiers.
Though our contribution was very mesgre, but it had left a lasting impact on our minds as regards importance of patriotism.
I remember another incident. When we heard the news that General Kulwant Singh Dutt, was martyred in the 1962 war. His sacrifice had touched me, so deeply, even to the extent of feeling like my own close relative i.e my uncle (real bother of my mother), whose name was also Kulwant Singh, had passed away.
I was studying in class IV of New High School, Ludhiana.
I started crying and was non stoppable.
I remember “Subedar Sahib” my class teacher (His real name I don’t remember) came to me & tried to comfort me. But he was also in tears.
The memory of the moments in our school classroom, where we the students of class IV, shed tears and mourned the passing of a great general, is a testament to the empathy and compassion, almost all students & teachers had, towards our army men. The war had profound impact in our lives, even till many years later.
The kindness and understanding our class teacher displayed by comforting me and giving me a soft drink, was a great gesture, for I which I have no words. This gesture had made me emotionally numb & comforted me.
I can only say that educators like him are there not only to impart knowledge but also to provide emotional support when needed by students.
While General Kulwant Singh Dutt was no longer with us, his legacy lives on our minds through these memories and emotions, he had stirred in our school children.
Let us continue to honor his memory and the sacrifice of many others, who have fought for our nation’s well-being & got martyred.
Let us also thank our school management for providing us the best faculty, which was emotionally sensitive while dealing with children.
Cdr Alok Mohan.

Alok Mohan

The admin, Alok Mohan, is a graduate mechanical engineer & possess following post graduate specializations:- M Tech Mechanical Engineering Production Engineering Marine engineering Aeronautical Engineering Computer Sciences Software Engineering Specialization He has authored several articles/papers, which are published in various websites & books. Studium Press India Ltd has published one of his latest contributions “Standardization of Education” as a senior author in a book along with many other famous writers of international repute. Alok Mohan has held important positions in both Govt & Private organisations as a Senior professional & as an Engineer & possess close to four decades accomplished experience. As an aeronautical engineer, he ensured accident incident free flying. As leader of indian team during early 1990s, he had successfully ensured smooth induction of Chukar III PTA with Indian navy as well as conduct of operational training. As an aeronautical engineer, he was instrumental in establishing major aircraft maintenance & repair facilities. He is a QMS, EMS & HSE consultant. He provides consultancy to business organisations for implimentation of the requirements of ISO 45001 OH & S, ISO 14001 EMS & ISO 9001 QMS, AS 9100, AS9120 Aero Space Standards. He is a qualified ISO 9001 QMS, ISO 14001 EMS, ISO 45001 OH & S Lead Auditor (CQI/IRCA recognised certification courses) & HSE Consultant. He is a qualified Zed Master Trainer & Zed Assessor. He has thorough knowledge of six sigma quality concepts & has also been awarded industry 4, certificate from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation Knowledge Hub Training Platform  He is a Trainer, a Counselor, an Advisor and a Competent professional of cross functional exposures. He has successfully implimented requirements of various international management system standards in several organizations. He is a dedicated technocrat with expertise in Quality Assurance & Quality Control, Facility Management, General Administration, Marketing, Security, Training, Administration etc. He is a graduate mechanical engineer with specialization in aeronautical engineering. He is always eager to be involved in imparting training, implementing new ideas and improving existing processes by utilizing his vast experience.