In another proud moment for all of us, Suraj Limbu, a resident if Lamagaon Busty, Bijanbari, was commisioned as a Lieutenant on 9th June 2018.
TheDC sat for a small interview with Suraj Limbu.
Ama: Tilarani Limbu
Baba: Sukaram Limbu
TheDC: Tell us something about yourself.
Lt. Suraj: I belong to a small village Lamagaon Busty near Bijanbari. I completed my primary schooling at Lamagaon Primary School, then went in to complete my High School from Kaijalia High School and Agam Singh Giri Memorial High School. Then I went to RKSP School in Darjeeling for my Higher Secondary.
TheDC: How did you get into Army?
Lt. Suraj: I enrolled at Darjeeling Government College after Completing my School and was continuing as a Chemistry Honours Student when I got selected in the army in 2011 as a Rifleman in 19 JAK Rifles. I always knew it wasn’t the end and that I wanted to do something more. I started preparing for SSB and cleared the exam in April 2014. After that, I joined ACC (Indian Military Academy) and graduated on 9th June 2018 as Lieutenant.
TheDC: What inspired you to get into Defense?
Lt. Suraj: From my very childhood I wanted to become an Army Officer but I had no idea about how to get there. Belonging to a very small village, we had no exposure to such opportunities. When I joined RKSP, I came to know about NDA (National Defense Academy) tests, but it was too late for me to prepare. So I just continued my studies with a science background.
I remember my relatives in army mentioning that a Rifleman in Army could become an officer after clearing a set if exams and correspondingly the SSB. So I made up my mind to get myself recruited as a Jawan. And then, everything else is just a story.
TheDC: How do you feel as a young Army Officer?
Lt. Suraj: As a young Lieutenant, I feel proud. But I also realise that I have more responsibilities on me now. I want to do my best to make my village and the entire Gorkha Community proud.
TheDC: Tell us about your experience as a Rifleman.
Lt. Suraj: As a Rifleman, I learnt moral values, ethics and basic etiquette of military life. Hardship is always there. As you know, not everyone can become a Fauzi.
TheDC: What would be your message for all our readers?
Lt. Suraj: For youngsters, I would say that they should utilise their time. They should ambitions, set a target and work hard to achieve it. They should never forget their basics.
For elders, I would say that they should set good examples for the society so that youngsters can have something to look upon and learn from.
We congratulate Lieutenant Suraj and wish him luck for his career ahead. We hope our youngsters will learn from him – that nothing is impossible if you set your heart to it, and work towards it diligently and sincerely.