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Man on mission to pay homage to martyrs reaches Jamshedpur

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Jodi Riders accord grand welcome 

Jamshedpur: Umesh Gopinath Jadhav, a Bengaluru-based musician, who had been travelling across India in the year since the Pulwama terror attack in 2019 and meeting families of martyrs, reached the steel city on Thursday afternoon.

Jadhav was accorded a grand welcome at NH 33 by city-based bike riders club, Jodi Riders led by Paramdeep Singh Pinky,  Jagdeep Singh, Binod Prasad, Vishal Sharma,  Jagtar Singh Nagi, Sunil Nandi and Sujit Kumar.

He has spent three years traveling to the houses of the martyrs who lost their lives in the terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in 2019.

Travelling in a car painted with patriotic slogans, which often served as a shelter for the night, he said: “ I am really happy to be in Jamshedpur. My idea is to instill a sense of patriotism among youth. My trip is not sponsored, and it is me showing my patriotism and honour to the sons of the soil who laid down their lives for our country. I am meeting youths and motivating them,” he said.

Jadhav has met the families of 40 jawans and collected soil from outside their homes for a memorial. He is a postgraduate in Pharmacy and was a Professor of pharmacology. He is also a trained Percussionist and runs a music school in Bengaluru.

For Jadhav, the journey had just started and he is still on the road, travelling across India, meeting families of more families of martyrs, including those who lost their lives in the fatal Indian Air Force helicopter crash on December 8, 2021, that killed CDS Bipin Rawat.

Jadhav said that till now he has met families of 150 Indian Armed forces martyrs, and has collected soil from their homes to build a memorial. This includes the war heroes of 1947, 1971, Operation Rakshak, Galwan, and 26/11. He also collected soil from Cellular Jail and flag points from Port Blair.

He met with youths in the city before heading for New Delhi. “My mission is called Janmabhoomi karmabhoomi (Respecting soils of India). It is my way of paying homage to the martyrs who made for our country. In the past three years, I have travelled over 1.20 lakhs kms across 28 states and 8 Union Territories to meet the families and collected soil from martyr’s homes to make an “India Map” as a symbol of respect for them,” Jadhav said.

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