Tribute to the Unsung Heroes of The Operation Vijay!
“Sacrifice for nation is the most valuable and the purest sacrifice one can go for”
Some Sacrifices are supposed to remember over and over. Kargil Vijay Diwas is one of the proud war which was won against Pakistan, in 1999. Operation Vijay is the victory where India took the Peak of the nation back from Pakistani Intruders. Everyone knows about the Kargil Vijay diwas but very few are known to the heroes behind the victory.
1. Captain Vikram Batra
The Param Vir Chakra awardee, Captain Vikram Batra belonged to Himachal Pradesh. “Either I will come back after hoisting the Tricolor, Or I will come back wrapped in it but I will be back for sure”, were his words before “The Operation Vijay”. As a captain of his own delta company he toppled many enemy troops and he helped to gain back the most crucial peak point, 5140m high. A Salute to this noble soul who cared less about his life but more about pride of the nation.
2. Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey
Courage is the avid characteristic of an army man and this soldier had an unflinching courage. Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey fought the battle till he sacrificed his life for the nation. The Jubar Top was one of the major parts of the Kargil War and he helped to clear the point for which he was posthumously awarded “The Param Vir Chakra”. This unsung hero is one epitome of value and sacrifice.
3. Naib Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav
Age is not the factor defining bravery and courage, Yogendra Singh Yadav was recruited to 18 Grenadiers nearly two decades back and was just 19-year-old when he fought the Kargil war in 1999. He was awarded Param Vir Chakra for his act of leading the pack right to the top of cliff at a height of 16,500 feet and capturing three bunkers on Tiger Hill.
4. Captain Vijyant Thapar
Captain Vijyant was a noble soul who placed his mother land first and then everything else. He was part of infantry regiment, 2 Rajputana Rifles.
On 29 June, 1999 he sacrificed his life for the country. The President of India awarded Param Vir Chakra to him posthumously.
5. Major Padmapani Acharya
Major Padmapani Acharya’s dedication and determination is unmatched. Although his body gave up, he still breathed only to complete the task given and once it was accomplished he became a martyr. He was heading 2nd Rajputana Rifles when the task of capturing bunker at Tololing Top was given.
6. Captain N. Kenguruse
Only a man with an unbreakable will and dedication can struggle in 10 degree Celsius temperature to make way for his platoon at a height of 16,000 feet. He was part of “Operation Vijay” when he climbed kargil’s icy slope barefooted to defend the country.
7. Rifleman Sanjay Kumar
Rifleman Sanjay Kumar volunteered to be the leading scout of the attacking column tasked to capture area Flat Top of Point 4875 in the Mushkoh Valley on 4 July 1999. Even after being injured and bleeding profusely, he killed 3 in hand to hand combat and many other later. He
was awarded India’s highest gallantry award the Param Vir Chakra.
8. Capt. Anuj Nayyar
Captain Nayyar was given the task of recapturing Pt. 4875, also known as Pimple II, then occupied by the Pakistani military. Even being injured severely he refused to leave the bunker till he captured the point. The capture of tiger hill was due to success of his mission. His contribution has a prominent role in the war for which he was awarded Mahavir Chakra, posthumously.
9. Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia
A true soldier not only has the responsibility of defending the country but also his comrades. Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia was badly wounded and in that condition he saved the lives of six Indian soldiers. He lost his life in the Kargil War during Operation Vijay while recapturing Point 5140. He was awarded Sena Medal for his bravery.
10. Captain Saurabh Kalia
Captain Saurabh Kalia is also known as the first martyr of Kargil. His dedication and love towards the country is unmatched. He was Captured on May 15, 1999 along with 5 other Indian soldiers alive and then tortured to death. His mutilated body was returned after 22 days.
The unbreakable will to save the country and infinite love and pride towards nation are some of the factors which makes army men different than civilians. When entire nation sleeps in peace, there are men out there who are guarding our territory with their courage and passion that is larger than life itself. Wars are inevitable and so are their consequences, soldiers standing head held high in harshest of conditions to protect their country is devotion in itself. We salute those heroes of the Kargil war who helped us to win the war.
Written By: Nilima Jangam