Air Force Squadron Leader Ninad Mandavgane perished in a Mi-17 V5 shopper crash in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district on Wednesday along with 5 other IAF officers.

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He has left behind his father, wife, and their two-year-old daughter.

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His body was first brought to Ojhar airport from New Delhi by a special IAF plane. Later, his body was taken to his hometown Nashik, where he was given a 21-gun salute.

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A massive crowd had gathered to bid farewell to the officer and started chanting 'Vande Mataram' and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' when his body arrived at the crematorium.

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According to the Times of India, the late officer's wife Vijeta then said that 'slogan-shouting' and screaming 'zindabad or murdabad' will not make any difference.

She said:

If you really want to do something, join the defence forces. Or encourage someone in your family to do so. If that is not possible, small things could help – keep your surroundings clean, don’t litter, don’t urinate in the open, and do not harass women. Stop spreading communal hatred. Small gestures go a long way.

She also said that her husband's soul would rest in peace knowing that his family was safe.

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Her statement should be loud and clear, especially at a time when war-mongering masquerading as nationalism seems to be taking over our collective consciousness.