Udaipur : 58-year old retired Major General Somnath Jha, who is on a mission to pay personal homage to all the fallen heroes and martyrs of the Indian defense forces since Independence, arrived in Udaipur on Thursday. Major gen Jha is rendering the homage by undertaking a difficult cycle journey aiming to cover 12,000 kilometers on his bicycle, touching every state over a period of 7-8 months. Jha received a warm welcome from NCC girls battalion in Udaipur led by Commander Colonel J.P Singh and Nishtha Sharma, the administrative officer of the 5 Raj Girls Battalion, Udaipur.
“Over 20,600 soldiers laid down their lives for the country since Independence and my mission is to pay two minutes of tribute to every such fallen hero” Jha said. His tribute is not just for the martyrs but their family members who still suffer the unimaginable pain of being separated from their loved ones. Jha would leave for Rajsamand on March 11 after some rest in Udaipur. After retirement on September 30, the veteran soon set off for his cycle journey on October 19, 2016 from Ambala cantonment in Haryana, where he was last posted before retirement. He has covered 24 states including the North East and Eastern parts of India. He would conclude his homage journey at the Amar Jawan Jyoti war memorial in New Delhi. The veteran has several challenging achievements to his credit like scaling Mt Kilimanjaro at the age of 54 and learning para-gliding at 56.