THIS LETTER WAS actually very hard for me to write because it is difficult to think of my life without you. But I have learnt that we cannot change the past. We can’t go back in time and fix things or make them the way we think they should have been.
You sacrificed your life for the nation, and I am proud to say that you are my father. I believe that you are always there with us. When you left us, our mother became everything for us, but your place in our lives as our father can never be filled. I was only eight years old when you passed away, and I remember the days I spent with you. I remember your love for your family and how helpful you were to others. You taught us how to love and care for others, work hard to achieve our dreams and love our country. I remember all the games we played together.
I remember once plucking flowers in school after class. You asked me why I was doing so without getting permission. You always taught me to be honest. Your biggest dream was to make sure your daughter was well educated and would make you and your family proud. Now I have achieved your dream by becoming an advocate, but it is not complete without you by my side. Your words “That’s my girl!” are missing in my life.
There are so many things I wish I could share with you, because daughters are always close to their fathers. I always remember you whenever I feel happy or sad. Not a day goes by without missing you. You are always in my heart. You have passed away, but your shadow remains in my life. I am proud to say my father sacrificed his life for the nation. A daughter’s first love will always be her father.
I miss you daddy, and I love you.
Archana Krishna Patil, 24, is a junior advocate in Belgaum, Karnataka. Her father, Naik Krishna Bhiku Patil, was martyred on March 8, 2001, in Kashmir.