Kargil war was a sad chapter in India’s book. It resulted in a massive chaos, bloodshed, and loss of precious lives. Our brave soldiers risked their lives and put the nation before self – something they are taught during their training days.
Among the martyrs, Capt. Jerry Prem Raj was awarded Vir Chakra, the third highest military honour for his valour. He was a brave son of India.
Born in Venganoor, Trivandrum, Kerala, Capt. Jerry Prem Raj was commissioned into the 158 Medium Regiment (SP) on 5 September 1997. He was a sincere and upright officer with an eye for detail and a pleasant disposition. His father, Mr. Retna Raj worked in the Department of Technical Education, Kerala and his mother, Mrs. Chella Thayee worked in the Health Department of the government of Kerala. His brother, Rejinald Pavithran, is a retired officer of the Indian Air force.
Capt. Jerry Premraj had been married barely a month and was on his hone
ymoon when the duty called him and he had to cut short his vacation and re-join the unit in Mushkoh Valley in July 1999 for Operation Vijay. His task was to attack Twin Bumps located in Point 4875 area, Gun Hill, Drass sector. During the assault, in the wee hours of 7th July 1999, Captain Jerry Prem Raj was the Forward Observation Post Officer with 2 Naga ( A unit of Indian Army).
He searched all the enemy positions and then directed accurate artillery fire onto them which had a devastating effect on the enemy. Subsequently, he was shot and badly wounded in the enemy sniper fire. Despite injuries, he remained undeterred and continued to attack the enemy positions. Amidst the heavy fire, he displayed unparalleled grit and courage and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy.
By then, Captain Jerry Prem Raj was severely injured. His efforts in the battle proved his mettle. He was a true war hero. He died later on, the same day. His body was cremated in his native Thiruvananthapuram. His wife gradually moved on from the truncated marriage. His memory became an occasional, but uncontrollable sob in his modest home in Venganoor.
Obviously people might forget, but the pain of the families of these martyrs remains the same. Let us not forget these valiant soldiers in our prayers.
The name of the Sher Shah or the Indian Army legend, Late Captain Vikram Batra can’t be forgotten
Many young Indian brave hearts of the army fought ferociously and died fearlessly in the Kargil war
During his college days, ‘Dimple Cheema’ was the Captain Vikram Batra’s girlfriend
“I’ll either come back after raising the Indian flag in victory or return wrapped in it, but I will come for sure.”
One of the Late Captain Vikram Batra’s quotes, that sums up the spirit of Bravehearts who fight at the border.
The Kargil war with Pakistan was something that truly revealed the zeal of Indian Army to protect the borders of its mother nation and so does the determination of the men wearing that olive green uniform. Captain Vikram Batra was one of the brave soldiers who laid down his life while serving the country. The name of the Sher Shah or the Indian Army legend, Late Captain Vikram Batra can’t be forgotten. Every Indian know his name and about the life of this martyr. The unbelievable courage and the battlefield transcended heroism defines the solid character of Captain Vikram Batra.
It was July 26, 1999, when the Indian Armed Forces won a valiant and decisive war against Pakistan. Many brave young soldiers laid down their lives in the ferocious battle, defending their nation on the inhospitable battlefield of Kargil. With his exact spirit and attitude, Captain Vikram Batra kept motivating the men of his own battalion to keep fighting during the Kargil War.
It’s been almost nineteen years since then, but the unparalleled courage and sacrifice of Kargil heroes are still afresh in the memory of every India. Many young Indian brave hearts of the army fought ferociously and died fearlessly.
Early life of Captain Vikram Batra
Captain Vikram Batra was born on September 9, 1974, in Himachal Pradesh. He spent his childhood in the beautiful mountain town of Palampur. His father, Girdhari Lal Batra was a government school teacher and principal. Interestingly, he was born as one of the twins. He was elder of twin sons as he was born 14 minutes before his brother Vishal.
Captain Vikram Batra was a brilliant student who was better known as an all-rounder at school. He was immensely popular among his classmates and teachers as he was also a keen sportsman and avid participant in co-curricular activities. He held a green belt holder in karate and played table tennis at the national level.
From the very beginning, he wanted to serve his country and hence he joined NCC (National Cadet Corps). Due to his diligence and determination, he was adjudged as the best NCC cadet of north India. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in 1995, he decided to prepare for Combined Defense Services (CDS) examination. It was no surprise to his family as Captain Vikram Batra was always keen on joining the Army.
Captain Vikram Batra found his love in 1995 at Punjab University in Chandigarh. ‘Dimple Cheema’ was the Captain Vikram Batra’s girlfriend during his college days. They stayed together for almost four years. Both of them had planned to get married if Vikram Batra would have returned from Kargil, but as it turned out, he never did.
Life facts of the Indian Army’s daredevil will fill your heart will patriotism and valour. Have a look at some of them:
Captain Vikram Batra got his primary education from his mother, who herself was a teacher.
As per the statement of the then Chief of the Army staff, captain Vikram Batra would have been the General of the Indian Army staff, had he returned from the Kargil war fought between India and Pakistan in the year 1999.
Captain Vikram Batra was a soldier of the Indian Army and died in the Kargil war while rescuing an injured officer in an enemy counterattack.
Captain Vikram Batra laid down his life when he was only 24 years-old. He died on July 7, 1999.
Under the leadership of Captain Vikram Batra on June 19, 1999, the Indian army snatched point 5140, from right under the enemy’s nose.
After successfully clinching the Point 5140, Captain Vikram Batra volunteered for the next mission to recapture point 4875. The terrain was very strenuous, as the location was 17,000 feet above the sea level and 80 degrees steep.
In the early hours of July 7, 1999, Captain Vikram Batra was commanding a mission to rescue an injured officer during an enemy counterattack.
According to the statements of his battalion, during the rescue attempt, Captain Vikram Batra pushed aside the injured officer saying, “You have children, step aside.”
Unfortunately, Captain Vikram Batra was hit by a bullet on his chest and was killed in action while clearing enemy positions
As a tribute to the soldiers of the Kargil war, the movie LOC was made in 2003. R Captain Vikram Batra’s role was played by Abhishek Bachchan.
Captain Vikram Batra posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra (The highest gallantry medal awarded for displaying distinguished acts of valour during wartime).
Captain Vikram Batra is well well known for coining the slogan “Yeh Dil Maange More!” He used it to signal the success of his mission.
To honour the sacrifice of gallant soldier, many constructions and cantonments have been named after him such as a hall at Service Selection Centre Allahabad is named ‘Vikram Batra Block’, a residential area in the Jabalpur Cantonment is called ‘Captain Vikram Batra Enclave’ and the combined cadet’s mess at the Indian Medical Association is named ‘Vikram Batra Mess’.