Mahesh Chander Sharma
Sundernagar: Soon after shooter Vijay Kumar won the first of his two gold medals at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, his father Banku Ram got busy attending congratulatory calls at the Sub Post Office at Harsaur village in Hamirpur. The reason: there was no telephone at home.
When Vijay won his second gold, his family finally purchased a cellphone. Vijayâ€™s brother is now sharing his fatherâ€™s â€œburdenâ€ by answering hundreds of calls coming in from all directions.
Born on August 19, 1985, Vijay was selected in the 16th Dogra Regiment about four years ago when he was student of Class XII. During training, he was found to be good in shooting and encouraged by the instructor to pursue the sport. Since than he has won about 40 medals in various competitions.
At present Vijay is posted at the Infantry Training Centre in Mhow (Madhya Pradesh). â€œHe has not been able to visit us for the past eight months,â€ says Banku Ram. â€œHe is now in China for the World Cupâ€.
Thanks to Vijayâ€™s exploits, Harsaur village, about 6 km from Badsar subdivision of Hamirpur, has risen from obscurity to prominence. The village is bearing a festive look these days and guests are pouring in to become part of the celebrations.