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Inspiring Indians

Former ADA chief bats for unsung heroes

By Billion Beats Team | Mar 2017

Cmde Cadaba Devnath Balaji (Retd), the former Director of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), has done a different role soon. In an interview to Billion Beats, he said he would spread the essence of military aviation among students post-retirement.

He will also be a mentor to a writers’ movement that bats for unsung heroes in Bengaluru. Cmde Balaji (Retd), who hung up his boots on March 31, 2017, said he would be associated with a mission being coordinated by a Professor from the Indian Institute of Science.

“It is natural for people to ask me what next and I have decided to take a different flight path and want to be associated with an inspiring project targeted at schoolchildren. I will also be part of Inspired Indian Foundation, a mission for unsung heroes that’s run on the ideals of former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam,” Cmde Balaji (Retd) said.

He said if military aviation needs to grow in the country, it is important to tap youngsters at grassroots levels and added that he always dreamt of providing skills and knowledge to rural and underprivileged children.

“We need to expose the children right from the school level. We should make schools and colleges partner with pilot projects of national relevance. I am impressed with the kind of talent we have in India and we need to tap young minds,” the Tejas chief said.

Cmde Balaji (Retd), who took over as the ADA Director on July 3, 2015, said progressing ahead with major tasks towards the Final Operational Clearance of Tejas was among his challenging tasks during his tenure.

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