Thursday, August 27, 2009
Paying Tribute to a Fallen Patriarch: "For Thatha" by Rajiv Srinivasan
Just a few hours before I heard the news that the patriarch of the Kennedy clan, Ted Kennedy, had lost his battle with brain cancer, I had learned of the passing of the patriarch of the Srinivasan family in Chennai, India. Rajiv Srinivasan is serving as a platoon leader in Afghanistan, and will not be able to travel to India for the funeral of his grandfather - his "thatha." He has written a moving tribute to his "thatha" that includes some relevant reflections on what it means to be a Hindu serving in the U.S. military.
Here is what Rajiv has written in his Blog from Afghanistan:
My prayers and condolences are with Rajiv and his extended family.