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The Year That Was: 2007
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The youngest Ashok Chakra winner

December 21, 2007

Text: Shobha Warrier

Eight-year-old Harshan was quite different from children his age. When other children wanted to be engineers and doctors, he dreamt of joining the Indian Army.

While still in Class 4, he persuaded his father K Radhakrishnan Nair to admit him to the Sainik School in Thiruvananthapuram so that he could realise his dream of becoming an army officer.

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At the Sainik School, he excelled both at studies and extracurricular activities. There was no game he did not play; he was captain of the volleyball and basketball teams. In Class 12, he was the school captain and the best all round cadet.

Image: Captain Harshan. Photograph: Courtesy Captain Harshan's family
Also read: The soldier who became a legend
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