Hope shattered for the
family of 22-year-old Sepoy Dhondiba Desai who died
in a mine blast at Kargil this May 25.
The 8th Battalion, Madras
Regiment officer from Vadagaun, Karnataka, where
every other family has a jawan in the army, was
supporting his family comprising his parents, two
brothers and a sister. Two acres of land was meagre
holding for a large family to eke a living from.
Dhondiba's helping hand enabled them to acquire more
land, a colour TV, helped them hope for a college
education for his matriculate brother Prabhakar.
"What'll we do now?" wails his mother