It won’t be wrong if I say that every Indian’s life is a gift of soldiers who lay their life in borders. So is it right to forget these brave hearts? Indian soldiers have defeated their enemies with their valour since decades but we don’t know these brave hearts name. So let us make an effort to know the nightmare of the enemies.
The Param Vir Chakra (PVC) is India’s highestmilitary decoration awarded for the displaying distinguished acts of valour during wartime. The name of the award translates as the “Wheel of the Ultimate Brave”. PVC is equivalent to the Medal of Honor in the United States and the Victoria Cross in the United Kingdom.
The medal has been awarded 21 times, of which 14 were posthumous awards, and 16 were awards for action in Indo-Pakistani conflicts. Of the 21 awardees, 20 have been from the Indian Army, and 1 has been from the Indian Air Force.
- Major Somnath Sharma
Major Sharma was the reason who motivated the soldiers to fight when the enemies were 7 times more in number. In Srinagar, the Pakistani troops disguised the Indian Army as Kashmiri locals. And these traitors started to open fire at the Indian Army. Pakistan had only one intension and that was to capture the Srinagar airfield. Indian soldiers were less than 50 in numbers and the Pakistanis were around 350. Major Sharma and 21 other soldiers laid their life and prevented Srinagar from falling into Pakistan’s hand. Major Sharma is the first recipient of the prestigious Param Vir Chakra. He became a martyr in the battle of Badgam on November 3rd, 1947.
- Naik Jadunath Singh
The story of Naik Jadunath Singh will give you Goosebumps. He along with his 9 other soldiers literally massacred the 1500-2000 Pakistani soldiers who tried to attack the Indian Army while they were guarding a piquet on the Tain Dhar ridge. The 10 brave warriors of 9 Platoon, C Company, 1 Rajput Battalion fought relentlessly but after two success attacks by Pakistanis, 9 Indian soldiers were martyred and only Naik Jadunath Singh was left. He was badly hit with bullets but he stood up like a warrior and fired bullets and Pakistanis when they attacked for the third time.
The Pakistani soldiers weren’t able to face Naik Singh and fled away. It should be noted that most of the enemies were lying dead in the battlefield.
He died in the battle of Tain Dhar on February 6, 1948.
- 2nd Lt Rama Raghoba Rane
The Pakistanis attacked Rajouri and started to kill the residents violently and looted them. Women were raped by these barbaric men. The Indian troops started to head towards the spot to save the residents but the path was filled with minefields and the enemies were heavily firing. So it was Major Rane who played a major role in defusing the mines and played a major role even though he was badly injured.
- Company Havildar Major Piru Singh
Major Singh and his battalion had to capture a Pakistani feature which was located on the height of 11,481 feet and when they reached 10,264 feet all his companions were dead due to the enemy firing. But look at his courage, when the enemies started firing at him, he shouted his battalion war cry “Raja Ramchandra Ki Jai” and attacked the Pakistanis. He destroyed two MMG bunkers and while approaching the third, he was shot on head but he somehow destroyed the third MMG by throwing a grenade.
- Lance Naik Karam Singh
He was commanding a post when the enemy launched eight strikes. The Sikhs repulsed each wave but Karam Singh was wounded. When 2 enemy soldiers came too close, he bayoneted the intruders to death.
- Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria
He was in the U.N. force during the civil war in Congo. His task was to clear a roadblock and he using this .303rifle ran into the battlefield and shot as many as 40 enemies and knocked out two enemy trucks but at last he was martyred when a bullet was hit on his neck. He died on December 5th, 1961.
- Major Dhan Singh Thapa
Thapa and his men were attacked by more than 500 Chinese who had modern equipments in an outpost in Ladakh region. Most of Thapa’s men were killed and when ammunitions were no longer available, he used his Kukri and killed as many as possible. But later he was captured as prisoner of war and was released in 1963.
- Subedar Joginder Singh
When the heavy manned Chinese attacked the soldiers, they shouted “Jo Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal” and killed almost every Chinese. But later Indians were outnumbered and SubedarSingh was captured as PoW and died in China.
- Major Shaitan Singh
When Chinese attacked at a height of 16,420 feet , Major Singh and his men killed nearly 1310 Chinese and around 112 Indian soldiers were martyred.
- Col. A B Tarapore
He was a hero of 1965 Indo-Pakistan war. He was killed in action after he destroyed sixty enemy tanks while losing only nine of their own.
- Company Quartermaster Havildar Abdul Hamid
In the 1965 Indo Pak war, he single handedly shot down three M48 Patton tanks but was blown to bits while targeting the fourth one. Even though Pakistanis were more in number but scared of Indian soldiers bravery, ran away with Pervez Musharraf (then Lieutenant) being a part of it.
- Lance Naik Albert Ekka
Order was to capture a position during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. Ekka charged an enemy bunker, bayoneted enemy soldiers, silenced a LMG, hurled a grenade into an enemy bunker before finally succumbing to injuries. In the beginning, Ekka was snake-crawling in a swampy ground in spite of bullet injuries on his neck and arm. He had taken these hits while destroying several enemy bunkers on the Eastern front of Gangasagar.
- Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon
He is the only soldier of the Indian Air Force to be awarded with PVC. Srinagar airfield was attacked by a wave of 6 Sabre aircraft. Flying officer Sekhon engaged a pair of the attacking Sabres, succeeded in damaging two of the enemy aircraft before his plane crashed.
- Second Lt. Arun Khetarpal
In the battle of Bantsar in 1971, Indians destroyed ten Pakistani tanks in the straight-up duel of which four were notched by Arun Khetarpal himself. He was injured and was ordered by his officer to pull back, but he denied radioing his last “No sir, I’ll not abandon my tank. My gun is still working and I’ll get these bastards.” He shot down one more enemy tank but couldn’t avoid a shell from falling on his Famagusta which ultimately ripped his body apart. He was 21 and had joined the Indian Army only six months ago.
- Major Hoshiar Singh
In 1971 even though he was badly injured he didn’t leave the battle ground and killed almost every single Pakistani and at last their Pakistani Commander, Colonel Mohammad Akram Raja had to die because of our Indian brave hearts.
- Naib Subedar Bana Singh
He was assigned the task of recapturing a post located on a height of 21,153 feet in 1987 in an mission named “Operation Rajiv”. Leading his men through a hazardous route to rid the area of Pakistani infiltrators in ’87, Naib Subedar Singh lobbed grenades, charged with a bayonet, and, moving from trench to trench, cleared the post of all intruders.
- Major Ramaswamy Parameswaram
He was on the peace keeping mission in Sri Lanka. He is also a reason for the victory for Indian troops in Jafna. Parameswaram’s column was ambushed. He encircled the enemy and charged. Despite getting shot in the chest, he snatched the rifle from a militant and shot him in the head. He gave orders till his last breath.
- Captain Vikram Batra
Who doesn’t know him? During the Kargil war, Captain Batra engaged three enemy soldiers in close combat and killed them as his Delta Company recaptured Point 5140 before overrunning enemy posts at Point 4750 and Point 4875. He was killed by enemy fire as he tried to rescue a fellow officer.
- Manoj Kumar Pandey
Due to his bravery, the enemies were forced back from Batalik and led his men to recapture Jaubar Top. In a bid to recapture Khalubar, the battalion was halted by enemy fire but Pandey surged ahead through a hail of bullets, collapsing only after the last of the enemies had been killed.
- Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav
During the Operation Vijay his other companions were killed and he had 15 bullets in his body. But he didn’t want to let down mother India. Even after this, he killed several Pakistanis and destroyed 4 bunkers. Even he is a reason for the victory in Kargil War.
- Rifleman Sanjay Kumar
Tasked with capturing a point in Ladakh’s Mushkoh Valley, Rifleman Kumar crawled alone up the ledge, picked up an enemy machine gun and killed three enemy soldiers. Though he received five bullets in the process, still he killed another 15 enemy soldiers and ensured Indian Army’s victory at Area Flat Top, Point 4875.