Saturday, November 04, 2017

RaGa quietly built my son’s aviation career: Nirbhaya’s mother

Lucknow/Rae Bareli: The parents of Nirbhaya, whose gang-rape on December 16, 2012 and subsequent death sparked a national outrage, are taking baby steps to come out of the scar-hit life as they gush out happiness over their son's new aviation career.
But that's not without heaping praises on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
Nirbhaya's father Badrinath and mother Asha Kumari, who hail from UP's Ballia district, believe that their pilot son's two-month-old job with the private airlines is a symbol of fearlessness, strength and wings of new hope that Nirbhaya always stood for.
"Nirbhaya can never be separated from her life. It's her will and fearlessness that have given a beacon of hope to my son today. But that was possible only because Rahul Gandhi decided to pay for my son's course for pilot training in Rae Bareli," Asha Kumari told TOI.
The course fee for a commercial pilot license (CPL) at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA), which was opened by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1985, is Rs 32 lakh. Rahul is among the 11 members of the governing council of the IGRUA. All other members are from the Union civil aviation ministry.
"We could not have got this amount from banks or private lenders. It was Rahulji and his family who spent every bit of money for my son's education and his stay at Rae Bareli. Both Rahul and Priyanka would meet my son and talk to us about his progress. They monitored his career on their own," Asha Kumari recalled.
Their son, now 22, who spent two years at the institute and landed a job with a private airline in August.
Kumari, however, said that once her son completed the 200 flying hours, he wrote exams and took interviews on his own at the airlines.
"He wanted to pay back Rahul by showing he can get a job on merit," she said.
04/11/17 Rohan Dual/Times of India