Meet Jitendra Singh Gurjar, the Rajasthan security guard writing letters to families of martyrs for 21 years

-

For 21 years now, Jitendra Singh Gurjar has been writing letters to the families of the martyrs killed on international borders.

Sporting the Indian Army’s attire and a big moustache, Jitendra Singh Gurjar nurtures his evergreen passion for making people happy. While Gurjar was still in his teens, he had to abandon his dreams of becoming a soldier as financial constraints weighed heavily upon him.
A native of Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district, 42-year-old Gurjar’s love for the Indian Army is unparalleled. Unable to fulfill his childhood dream, Gurjar began working as a security guard. But why is Gurjar so special?
For 21 years now, Gurjar has been writing letters to the families of the martyrs killed on international borders. So far, he has written more than 4,000 letters since the Kargil War of 1999.


Speaking with Platocast, Gurjar says: “There are many men in the Indian Army from our district. During the Kargil War in 1999, I would keep reading and watching the news, and every few hours, I would learn that a soldier had died trying to protect our country. When a soldier from Rajasthan, named Arjun Ram, lost his life, his father said: “Mera beta toh chala gaya, lekin watan abhi salamat hain”.
“That’s when I realised that these soldiers are creating history. Back at that time, people did not usually have mobile phones. The soldiers would write letters to their families, assuring them that they are safe on the borders and will be back home. I have myself seen that some of these letters reached the families after their sons were dead. It broke my heart,” adds Gurjar.

Meet Jitendra Singh Gurjar, the Rajasthan security guard writing letters to families of martyrs for 21 years
Gurjar, who had tried to join the Indian Army as a young man, failed the physical test as he fell short by just 1 cm with regards to height and chest requirements. However, his love for the Army prompted him to wear the uniform anyway.


“I began writing these letters because I knew that even though I could not help the families of the martyrs financially, I could do my best to provide them with some solace through my words. When some of them replied, I felt like the happiest man in the world,” Gurjar says.


“I have made several statues of martyrs and carefully kept them in my house. I have thousands and thousands of their photographs, and even more phone numbers of the families of martyrs. I keep my unfulfilled dreams alive through my work.” he adds.

Meet Jitendra Singh Gurjar, the Rajasthan security guard writing letters to families of martyrs for 21 years
Gurjar also opens up about his day-to-day struggles due to poor financial condition.
“I have earned a lot of respect through my work, but I have continuously struggled financially. I have to strive to even buy papers, postcards, pens and pencils to write the letters. I often run out of money when I want to print pictures of martyrs,” says Gurjar.
Maine sab apne balboote pe kiya hain. I know that when I cease to exist, there will perhaps be no one to carry my work and passion forward. Earlier, some people had seen my work and come forward expressing their desire to write letters like me. But after some days, they became tired and left. I have been doing it for 21 years, and I am not going to stop,” he adds.
Jitendra Singh Gurjar is a man like no other. Here’s wishing joy and success to the penman whose main motive in life is to extend support and comfort to the world.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest stories

Disabled man of Indian descent sentenced to death in drug case

In April 2009, Nagaenthran K.Dharmalingam, then 21, was detained for attempting to smuggle into Singapore nearly 43 grams (1.5...

Not Suresh Raina alone, majority of Indian celebs – from cricket to Bollywood – promotes caste system

Underneath the superficial shine and glitter, the very biased, ugly and narrow-minded nature of India's celebrity mindset is exposed...

How Manipur’s NGO Ya All is promoting equality and inclusivity through football for queer folks

Through football, Ya All in Manipur is fighting stigma and discrimination in sports and helping create equal opportunities for the queer community

When pandemic forced stray dogs to sleep hungry, PAWS stepped in to protect them

As the pandemic hit the country hard, roads became deserted and shops shut their doors. It was a tough...

Whats Trending

Ranbir Kapoor as Sourav Ganguly in his biopic? Here’s how netizens feel about it

Reports suggest that Ranbir Kapoor might be seen in the Sourav Ganguly biopic, as the legendary cricketer. Read more about it on Platocast.

Mimi trailer witnesses Kriti Sanon and Pankaj Tripathi take on an exceptional journey of surrogacy

The Mimi trailer features Pankaj Tripathi and Kriti Sanon is out now and it promises to be a good watch. Read more on Platocast.

‘Breakup+Arijit Singh songs’: Twitter is sharing some of the best combinations we are loving it

Netizens are busy sharing the best combination they ever had and we feel #bestcombo is #besttrend on Twitter right now.

Netizens unhappy with Pavitra Rishta 2.0 as they trend ‘Our Manav Only Sushant’

The news of Pavitra Rishta 2.0 seems to have upset Sushant Singh Rajput fans as they trend 'Our Manav only Sushant. Read on Platocast.