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‘We Do Not Want War, No Other Ninad Should Go’: Squadron Leader’s Widow Urges Facebook Warriors to Stop Warmongering

She also told them, "If you have so much enthusiasm, then why don't you join the army and see what it's like."

While self-styled nationalists, loudmouth TV news anchors and armchair warriors are busy thumping chests and lusting over war, a message of peace comes from someone who has suffered the havoc military conflict can wreak.

Vijeta Mandavgane, the widow of Squadron Leader Ninad Mandavgane who died in an IAF helicopter crash in Jammu and Kashmir, while interacting with the media, told “social media warriors” to stop their warmongering.

Speaking to Go News, Vijeta said, “Aaj hamare ghar se gaya hai. Kal kisi aur ke ghar se gaya tha. Kal kisi aur ke ghar se jayega. (Today we lost someone from our family. Yesterday someone from another family had died. Tomorrow somebody belonging to some other family will die),” adding, “But I have a request: Facebook warriors please, stop having this social media war. It will lead to nothing.”

She said, “Agar itna josh hai toh jao jaa ke fauj join karo aur kar ke dekho ki kaisa lagta hai. (If you have so much enthusiasm, then why don’t you join the army and see what it’s like).” She further said, “We do not want war. You do not know what are the damages of war. We do not want war. No other Ninad should go.”

Vijeta’s husband Ninad Mandavgane was killed with six other Air Force officials in an IAF chopper crash in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday. The 33-year-old Squadron Leader was reportedly laid to rest in his home town Nashik. He was given a 21-gun salute.

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