It would not come as a surprise if a young man expresses his dream of going abroad to achieve a high position job but seldom will you see an example of a man who ditches this glittery profession to join the Indian Army and proudly don a uniform like Yadagiri.
Barnana Gunnaya, a man who recently used to work as a daily wager in Hyderabad earning as low as Rs.100 per day could not believe his eyes when his son Barnana Yadagiri joined the army parade in Dehradun on Saturday.
Unaware of his son’s accomplishment, the father did not even know till a day before the parade that his son was being commissioned as an officer at the Indian Military Academy.
“My father is a very simple man. He thought that I was getting into the Army as a soldier. In fact, he told me I was making a huge mistake by leaving a highly-paid software job to join the Army,” said Yadagiri who eventually decided to “follow my heart and serve the country.”
Yadagiri has been through tough times having extreme financial crises yet he managed to become a software engineer from the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad. He refused a job offer from Union Pacific Rail Road, a US-based company, not at all tempted by the high-paying job. IIM Indore too was on his list of ‘rejected offers’ where he had secured admission after scoring 93.4 percent in the CAT exam.
“I have seen days when my father earned only Rs 60 after a day’s hard work and my mother who is afflicted with polio clean office tables to make both ends meet,” said the young officer remembering the hardships he and his family had to undergo before witnessing the victorious moment. He was able to continue his studies with the help of government scholarships, he informed Times Of India.
On Saturday, he received the IMA’s prestigious silver medal for standing first in the order of merit in the Technical Graduate Course as his parents watched him proudly with teary eyes. The course is a medium with which the cadets with a technical background can join the Army’s engineering units.
Yadagiri, who loves public speaking and reading books, spoke about his future plans now that his dream of becoming an Army officer has come true, and he said, “The basic character of hard work is already there in my genes. I will ensure that I fulfill my duties in a manner that makes the country proud by working in the defence research and development stream.”
However tempting a US job and the money seems for a person who has seen such financial struggle, the officer said it never tempted him. “I had the option of sticking to the corporate world and making a lot of money but that was not where my heart lay. The kind of mental satisfaction one gets by working for the motherland cannot be replaced by any amount of money.”
We salute the courage of Yadagiri and his family who fought all odds to achieve the glory.