Real Hero | M P Anil Kumar

From The Young

M.P. Anil Kumar is a former Air Force Pilot. He was born and brought up in a village by name Chirayinkil, 35 kms north of Trivandrum. He was awarded as the best Air Force cadet of 65th course of National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune and as the best in aerobatics of 134th Pilots Course of Air Force Academy, Secunderabad. In Dec ’84, he was commissioned into the IAF as a fighter pilot.

On 28 June ’88, at around 2300 hrs, whilst returning to the Officers Mess on his motorcycle after night flying, he drove onto a road barrier, inside Air Force Station, Pathankot. The spinal injury due to the accident left him completely paralysed below the neck. Continue reading

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M P Anil Kumar was a dashing MiG-21 pilot in the Indian Air Force when a road accident left him paralaysed below the neck. He was just 24. For the past 19 years he has lived in the military’s Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in Pune and has become an inspiration to many in the manner in which he has picked up the threads of his life. Today Anil Kumar uses a keyboard with his mouth and is a gifted writer whose by-line readers will instantly recognise. An article he wrote about his disability was so inspirational that it found its way in school textbooks in Maharashtra.

Nitin Sathe, who was in the same course as Anil Kumar at the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, pays tribute to this amazing fighter as we continue our series on Extraordinary Indians. Continue reading

Indian Express | A Hero In Real Life

Written by Vinita Deshmukh.

BEST Air Force Cadet at the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasala; best student of aerobatics at the Air Force Academy, Secunderabad; comm- issioned into the IAF as a fighter pilot in 1984; 700 flying hours to his credit. Another magnificent man in his flying machine? Yes, but when M P Anil Kumar goes down in history, it will be as a fighter, not a fighter pilot. His legacy will not be victory, but the will to win.

Anil Kumar is no Hrithik Roshan, but for lakhs of schoolchildren in Maharashtra, he commands equal awe and affection, thanks to ‘Kumar Bharat’, a chapter in their textbooks. The amazing first-person story of ambition, grit and survival has earned the 38-year-old a permanent place in the hearts of successive batches of impressionable schoolchildren. Continue reading