As the upcoming Raksha Bandhan approaches, a touching story of brother-sister love and gratitude emerges from Dombivli. For the past 17 years, a remarkable tradition has been upheld by Rohit Achrekar, a resident of Dombivli, who has been diligently tying rakhis to soldiers stationed in Kargil. The gesture symbolizes appreciation for their unwavering dedication to safeguarding the nation's borders.
This year, Rohit Achrekar's commitment shines brighter than ever, as he embarks on a significant journey. Armed with 28,000 rakhis and 750 kg of sweets, Rohit sets off for Kargil, traversing a challenging route through Dombivli, Surat, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Udaipur, Pali, Delhi, and Chandigarh. Covering a staggering distance of approximately 2,500 kilometers, Rohit's determination mirrors the soldiers' resilience.
Rohit's inspiration to start this initiative sprouted from a genuine concern during his school days. He recalls sending postcards to soldiers, wondering if they ever reached their intended recipients. These contemplations led him to the decision of personally delivering the sacred threads of Rakhi to the valiant soldiers who are often far from home, standing guard at the borders. Joining him in this noble endeavor are architect Prem Desai and firefighter Sassoon Gawde, reinforcing the spirit of unity and gratitude.
The impact of Rohit's undertaking is far-reaching, with support pouring in from around 28 states through the Rotary Club. Each state contributes rakhis and sweets, displaying a remarkable display of national unity. Rohit Achrekar has dedicated the last 20 days to meticulously organize and prepare for this meaningful endeavor.
At its core, Rohit's initiative conveys a poignant message of appreciation, recognizing the sacrifices and dedication of soldiers who remain stationed at distant borders. As the Raksha Bandhan day approaches, these brave soldiers eagerly await the symbol of protection and love from their sisters. The story of Rohit Achrekar's heartfelt journey echoes the sentiments of a nation grateful for its defenders.
In a world often marred by conflicts and differences, Rohit Achrekar's selfless mission exemplifies the power of a simple tradition to bridge distances, foster unity, and strengthen the bond between fellow citizens and those who safeguard the nation's security.