MAINPURI || It is not every day that Mainpuri, often referred to as the badland of Uttar Pradesh is in news for good reasons. But on Wednesday, the district had a lot to cheer about and be proud of as one of the five Rafale fighter aircraft that landed at the Ambala airbase was flown by a native of Mainpuri – Wing Commander Deepak Chauhan.
While social distancing guidelines due to the Coronavirus pandemic has dimmed the celebrations and they were low key, his parents at their house in Devpura were static as the news of the landing of the Rafale was flashed on television channels. Talking to The News Agency, his father Dukhharan Singh and mother Kamlesh said they “were very proud of the facts that were unfolding before their eyes“.
Deepak Chauhan is the youngest of the five siblings and his initial schooling was done at the Saraswati Shishu Mandir and after that, he went to the Army school at Ghorakhaal, Nainital. His mother dotingly informed how Deepak had topped in the NDA exams of 2003.
Deepak married Sneha, who is an architect, in 2016. “We all are one top of the world with this achievement of our son but due to COVID, celebrations are just in-house,” the mother said with pride flashing all over her face. No worries, the country is celebrating the momentous occasion when the first of the 36 Rafale came home!
— Manish Mishra/Mainpuri