Lt. DS Sharawat: A man of exemplary determination


By Ila Garg

Kargil War Heroes – Part 15

They say in the Army that it is better to ‘live for something rather than dying for nothing’. That’s what our brave soldiers did; they lived for our nation until their last breath. Lieutenant DS Sharawat was no different. He sacrificed his life in the service of the nation, fighting under the tough circumstances. He was subsequently awarded the third highest gallantry award, Vir Chakra, for the valour and grit he displayed in crucial times.

Commissioned into 2 Naga regiment, he was a true-spirited hero. He and his battalion were assigned with the task to recapture a mortar position located to the west of ‘Twin Bump’ on 8 July 1999. Twin Bump was a part of Point 4875, Mashkoh valley, Drass sector.

The Alpha Company commanded by Lieutenant Deepankar Kapoor Singh Sharawat meticulously planned the attack and moved towards the decided position stealthily. Defying all obstacles, the platoon kept moving ahead, scaling the snowy peaks. DS Sharawat exhibited undaunted courage and with utter disregard of his personal safety, he charged at the enemy soldiers with full force upon reaching the top. He got engaged in a hand-to-hand fight with an enemy soldier and killed him.

There was heavy artillery bombardment but nothing can come in a way of a soldier. His tenacity inspired others to fight too and after a tough battle, they were able to recover three 120 mm mortars, two 81 mm mortars and three G-3 rifles besides hordes of valuable documents and equipment. This attack broke the backbone of the enemy intrusion in the Mashkoh valley and led to their ultimate withdrawal. Thus, it was a crucial mission which was accomplished by the 2 Naga battalion. DS Sharawat was thus a perfect example of valour, leadership qualities, determination, and devotion to the nation. He inspired, motivated and encouraged his troops in capturing the mortar position.

Lt. DS Sharawat displayed raw courage, true-spirit, and a selfless attitude. He was a brave son of India. The nation is thankful for his efforts and is proud of what he did.

Even after 16 years of the war, the tragedy continues for the families of these soldiers.

More in this segment:

Kargil War Heroes – Part 1
Kargil War Heroes – Part 2
Kargil War Heroes – Part 3
Kargil War Heroes – Part 4
Kargil War Heroes – Part 5
Kargil War Heroes – Part 6
Kargil War Heroes – Part 7
Kargil War Heroes – Part 8
Kargil War Heroes – Part 9
Kargil War Heroes – Part 10
Kargil War Heroes – Part 11
Kargil War Heroes – Part 12
Kargil War Heroes – Part 13
Kargil War Heroes – Part 14