Cuttack: The year 2020 marks the 75th year of the end of World War II (WWII) which ended on September 2, 1945, with the surrender of Japanese forces. With everything taking a backseat amid COVID-19 pandemic, here’s a war veteran who shares the gritty realities of a WWII and Indian Independence.
The man in the spotlight is Krushna Chandra Mohanty from the silver city Cuttack. He played an important part in WWII while serving in the Royal Indian Navy (naval force of British India and the Dominion of India). He was also a part of India’s independence struggle as the Navy had then revolted against the British regime.
Krushna was born in Tirtol of undivided Cuttack district in 1924. The country was rife with the struggle for Swaraj and Krushna grew up as an ardent follower of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose.
Known for his honesty and straightforwardness, he soon joined the Royal Indian Navy in June 1945. World War II was coming towards an end and India being a domicile of the British Forces had participated in the war. Krushna was posted as a Supply In-charge in Karachi (now in Pakistan).
He dutifully fulfilled his duty and found his country’s atmosphere ready for another struggle- Indian Independence.
Krushna was again the given the charge of bringing the naval warship Dhanush from the Arabian Sea to the Bombay coast (now Mumbai). It was not an easy task with regular attacks via air and water. But brave Krushna was never a person to shy in the face of a challenge. Finally, he did safely bring the ship to the coast.
Words fall short for Krushna Chandra Mohanty’s dedication, valour, patriotism. Just three years short of becoming a centenarian, Krushna is still filled with infectious energy. He resides in Cuttack with his kids and grandkids and shares his tales with much enthusiasm.