Jaipur: The story of Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman capture and release following an air strike on Pakistan will be part of the school syllabus in Rajasthan.
The Congress-led state government has announced to recognize the bravery of the IAF officer by including the events concerning his capture and release in the syllabus. The Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) students of Class 9 will read about the air strike and Abhinandan’s role in their social science book, according to preliminary reports.
Abhinandan (35) is a resident of Madambakkam in South Chennai and spend most of his childhood with his family in Jodhpur. At that time, his father Air Marshall S Varthaman was posted at Jodhpur Airbase. Abhinandan has two children and was commissioned in IAF in 2004.
Abhinanand’s father was posted as a squadron leader at Jodhpur airbase in the 80s. There are reports that Abhinandan has also been transferred to Jodhpur airbase, but there was no official confirmation in this regard from the IAF.
Abhinandan shot down shot down Pakistan aircraft F-16. He was captured in Pakistan and returned to India after spending two days in Pakistan.
The Rajasthan government has also decided to include the stories of many brave hearts in the syllabus. They include Digendra Kumar of Rajputana Rifles and Ajay Ahuja – squadron leader who fought in Kargil war.