Not many can infer the pious, altruistic side beneath the olive green uniform of Lt. Colonel GM Khan. Generally it’s a perception that Army men are strict disciplinarian, ready to combat any eventuality be it encountering the enemy forces at the frontiers to save the mother land or reaching out to the victims of natural calamity. However, the truth remains, they are also human being like us, their heart too melts while coming across heart-wrenching stories.
Here I would like to capture the altruistic side of one such personnel from the Indian Army. Lt. Colonel Khan currently posted in Agra is an epitome of altruism. Through his altruistic acts, he is transforming many lives.
When he was posted in J&K, he came across Parveen Bano, a beautiful girl with eyes fraught with dreams begging at the doorsteps of a mosque in Bandipur. Lt. Col Khan spoke with the girl and decided to transform her life.
For couple of years, he took the entire responsibility of Parveen, including school education. Under his mentorship, Parveen’s life took a sea change. A mere beggar struggling to make both ends meet, Parveen is now serving in the CISF, currently posted at the Mumbai Airport.
At a first glance, Shamima Akhtar looks like an any other next door girl with dreams to excel. Life wasn’t so beautiful for Shamima. She was begging at a mosque in Kashmir. Lt. Col. Khan spoke with her and decided to adopt her. Shamima’s inclination towards music drove Lt. Col. Khan to induct her into a music coaching centre. This girl, a beggar once is an emerging singer, has released two music albums-“Aap Ke Kareeb” and “Baadiyaan”.
Both the girls attribute their success to Lt. Col Khan.
“I want to transform the lives of at least few underprivileged. Philanthropy renders me peace and tranquility,” said Lt. Col Khan when I asked him what drives him to do social service.
Hats off to you Lt. Col Khan for your sublime social service!!! Hope at least some people will draw inspiration from this thorough gentleman, a real officer!!!