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Jai Mata Di: These were the last words of Kargil warrior Vikram Batra

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By Ila Garg

Kargil War Heroes – Part 1

The biggest pain for a soldier comes not from the wounds that he bears on his body or the blood that he sheds, but if his blood isn’t enough to protect his nation. cth2

Captain Vikram Batra was one such valiant soldier who sacrificed his life for the nation at a young age of 24.

Born on 9th September 1974 and brought up in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, he was the brave son of G.L Batra and Jai Kamal Batra. His brother Vishal Batra is now working at ICICI Bank, Delhi.

His contributions during the Kargil war can’t go unnoticed. To recognise his bravery and heroism, he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest and most prestigious award for valor.

Every soldier awaits the day when he will be bestowed with the duty of serving his nation. In Captain Batra’s life, it came in the form of Kargil War on 1st June 1999. His unit was assigned to recapture the most significant peak – Point 5140 which was under the illegal possession of the Pakistani soldiers at that time.

Captain Batra showed unflinching courage and presence of mind when he decided to attack his enemy from the rear side to catch them by surprise. Despite being fired at by heavy machine guns, Captain Batra and his unit managed to destroy two machine gun posts. Even his injuries didn’t stop him from taking his mission further.

But unfortunately, the grit displayed by him at such a crucial time is now slowly losing importance.

He single-handedly killed three enemy soldiers in a dangerous combat but after 16 years, people seem to have forgotten all about his gallantry.

It was the unfortunate morning of July 7, 1999, when Captain Batra was sent on a rescue mission with his troop, during a counter-attack from Pakistan. It was while saving a Subedar that Captain Batra was shot. He had told the Subedar to step aside as he had children and a wife to look after. Captain Batra, thus, was not only brave but had a heart of gold.

Before closing his eyes forever, his last words were, “Jai Mata Di”.

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The government did provide some help initially but now the family has been left on their own.

The heroism and selflessness made Captain Batra the embodiment of an ideal soldier and epitome of fearlessness. His courage and supreme sacrifice should be an inspiration for the youngsters to join the armed forces. They say public is forgetful but can we really afford to forget our soldiers who sacrifice their precious lives to ensure our safety?

Can we let their bravery go in vain by sitting in our comfort zones and not coming forward at the time of the need?

If they are strong enough to leave their families behind and consider the nation before everything else, even themselves, we should at least be sensitive enough to learn from their acts of valor.

More in this segment:

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
Kargil War Heroes – Part 15

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Vijay Diwas celebrations bring sleepy Dras town to life

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Dras (Jammu and Kashmir): Top commanders of the Indian Army led by Lieutenant General D.S. Hooda, chief of the Northern Command, on Sunday paid tributes here to the martyrs of the 1999 Kargil conflict. KargilWarMemorial

The otherwise sleepy Dras town which is the world’s second coldest inhabited place came to life on Sunday morning as army bands played devotional tunes.

Locals came out in large numbers wearing traditional dresses to be a part of the celebrations to salute the brave hearts who laid down their lives to protect their homes in 1999.

Wreaths were laid by Lt. General Hooda at the war memorial in the town which stands as a monument in memory of those Indian soldiers who fought valiantly.

Veterans of Kargil conflict, including Lieutenant General (Retired) Amar Aul, were present during the memorial salute and celebration besides the families of the martyrs who were specially invited to attend the Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations.

Amar Aul was a brigade commander in 1999 who led the final assault to re-capture the Dras heights those had been captured by the intruders.

The GOC-n-C is scheduled to address a media interaction and a Sainik Sammelan later in the day.

On Saturday, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh paid tributes at Dras War memorial.

He said nobody will be allowed to repeat the misadventure of 1999 on India’s borders in the future.

(IANS)

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Won’t allow another Kargil: Army chief

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Drass (Jammu and Kashmir): The Indian Army chief, General Dalbir Singh, on Saturday said his troops will never allow a repeat of the 1999 Kargil conflict with Pakistan.

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On the eve of the 16th anniversary of Vijay Diwas, he laid a wreath at the Kargil war memorial here and said: “We won’t allow another Kargil.”

The Kargil war was fought in the summer of 1999 to evict Pakistani regular forces who had intruded and occupied posts vacated for the winter on the Indian side of the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

A commemorative function is held every year in the memory of the hundreds of Indian soldiers who died in the operation.

(IANS)

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Sepoy Imliakumao: Sacrified his life so that the countrymen can sleep peacefully

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By Ila Garg

Kargil War Heroes – Part 16

Sixteen years after the tragic Kargil war, things haven’t changed much for the families of the martyrs. They parted from their sons and are now destined to live without them as they sacrificed their lives when the duty called them.
Sepoy Imliakumao was a brave son of the nation who unflinchingly risked his life so that the countrymen can sleep peacefully, unafraid of the intruders who had captured several peaks at Drass sector and had all the malicious plans.

He was awarded India’s second highest gallantry award, Maha Vir Chakra for displaying exemplary courage in face of the enemy.

On 8 July 1999, Sepoy Imliakumao volunteered to attack an enemy mortar position located at a height of 15,000 feet in Mashkoh Valley. He joined the assault group that was assigned the task to silence the enemy sentry. The sentry was on duty on the outer perimeter of enemy mortar position. Sepoy Imliakumao and the platoon approached the enemy sentry stealthily during broad daylight which was a huge risk that they had to take. Finally, Sepoy Imliakumao on reaching the sentry, killed him instantly. That was enough to strengthen him, and he kept moving forward until he reached another sentry. He killed him too and subsequently stormed the mortar position along with the assault group. His valour was an inspiration for the troops.

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Sepoy Imliakumao showed exemplary courage and determination by personally killing two enemy soldiers. Throughout the attack, his tenacity, grit, composure, confidence and raw courage in the face of the enemy was visible. These qualities then became instrumental in eliminating the enemy from the almost indomitable mortar position. The elimination of enemy personnel by Sepoy Imliakumao was a huge success as it resulted in capturing three 120mm and two 81mm mortars along with a huge stockpile of ammunition.

The valiant action by Sepoy Imliakumao, which was a true demonstration of valour in the presence of a well-entrenched enemy, was the sole factor which paved the way for a successful attack on the enemy mortar position.

The nation might not remember what he did for them, but a family lost their loving son, 16 years ago. In return, the least we can do is include him in our prayers, respect his brave efforts, and remember him with closed eyes once in a while.

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
Kargil War Heroes – Part 15