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Abhinandan Varthaman: Facts Every Indian Should Know


Abhinandan Varthaman, the IAF pilot, is in the hearts and minds of every Indian today. And, with good reason too!

What has impressed many is the exemplary courage and dignity exhibited by this brave pilot under captivity. Coming from a family that has served the nation (his father, Retd Air Marshal S Varthaman, is a highly-decorated officer), Wing Commander Abhinandan has become a symbol of a new and fearless India.

The way he conducted himself throughout the entire ordeal, right from the moment his jet was shot down to when he was taken captive, has impressed one and all. In fact, Abhinandan displayed values and behaviour that can serve as an example to children everywhere. Staying true to values helps one face the challenges of life easily — another lesson to be learnt from this epochal moment. 

Take his dignified demeanour in captivity. It can teach children that being calm and dignified in the face of terrible adversity can work in one’s favour. What's more, children can also learn that strength of character is the bedrock upon which other lifelong traits or habits are built. 

Go through this ClipBook to know more about Abhinandan Varthaman, the man who has overwhelmed a nation with his fortitude, courage and grace in enemy captivity.


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Even After Capture, He Showed Courage, Dignity And Pride

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Pakistani Eyewitness Account Of Pilot Abhinandan's Dramatic Capture

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