As Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman crossed over the Wagah-Attari border and touched the Indian soil, the entire nation got elated and sigh of relief was felt all across.
But, as soon as he was about to be released, a baby was born in Rajasthan’s Alwar district and the family decided to name him after Abhinandan.
Janesh Bhutani, grandfather of the child, told media, “My daughter-in-law delivered baby boy last evening and we named him Abhinandan in honour of the IAF pilot. We are proud of the pilot and therefore we named him (the baby) Abhinandan.”
Babies mother Sapna Devi stated “By naming my son as Abhinandan, we will keep him reminding about the valour of the pilot and I would like him to become a brave soldier like him when he grows up.”
A twitter user Swati Rani tweeted saying, “My brother gave birth to a baby boy today,we have decided to keep his name Abhinandan. Our Josh is still high. U tell me how is the name?”
Post Pulwama attack which claimed the lives of more than 40 CRPF personnel, India had conducted “pre-emptive non-military” strike across the LoC at the terror camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad. After this, Pakistan retaliated with its F-16 fighter jets at the military armaments of Indi and IAF responded with MiG 21, wherein Pilot Abhinandan’s MiG was shot down.
PM Narendra Modi, at the return of Pilot Abhinandan tweeted, “Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians. Vande Mataram!”