New Delhi: Major DP Singh, who had to get his leg amputated after an injury in the Kargil war has come out stronger despite the tragedy. He has been taking part in Delhi's half marathon every year, becoming an inspiration to all war veterans.
Every marathon that Major DP Singh has run has helped improve his timing. Since his debut at the Delhi half marathon where he took 3 hours and 40 minutes, to Sunday's half marathon which he clocked in 2 hours and 40 minutes, the Kargil veteran has come a long way. From being declared dead at the Akhnoor hospital in the LoC to forming a support group for trauma victims, the man has been an example of courage under fire.
"The moment they said they want to amputate my leg I felt a strength from within. Now I want to lead by example and make everybody realise that it's all in the mind," Major Singh said.
July 15, 1999, is etched in Major Singh's memory. It was the day his front post was attacked by the Pakistan Army, and he was declared dead by the hospital. Thankfully, the doctors were able to revive him, but not before they amputated his leg. But the fighter in Major Singh has kept him afloat, and he now wants to better his own record as he aims for the full marathon and the Paralympics.
A regular day in Major Singh's life begins early as he hits the streets by 6 am, practising his daily fitness and running regimen. After three hours of practice, he goes to a private bank where he works as an Administrative Manager.
As Major DP Singh crossed the finishing line, it was not just a personal milestone for him, but it is through such strong performances that he wants to instill confidence in the victims of trauma and the differently abled people.