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Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia: Sacrificed his life while saving others at Kargil

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ApSItzDCAAAw0IIBy Ila Garg

Kargil War Heroes – Part 6

The nation owes much to Army as it safeguards the nation from the enemies, while people sleep inside their homes. Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia was fondly known as “Rambo” during his schooling days in Jammu. Born on April 13, 1971, he sacrificed his life on 15 June 1999 during ‘Operation Vijay’ which involved recapturing of Point 5140, which dominates the Srinagar-Leh highway. At 17,000 ft along the Tuloling Ridge Line, this point was the highest position occupied by the Pakistan Army intruders in the Kargil sector.

In order to capture this point, three battalions were sent out from different directions – Garhwal Rifles, Jammu and Kashmir Rifles and Naga Regiment. Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia was among the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles.

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Minister for Revenue, Raman Bhalla garlanding the satue of Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia

Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia was the grandson of Lt. Col. Khajoor Singh and son of DIG BSF Mr. Arjun Singh Jasrotia. Continuing the family tradition, he joined the Indian Army in 1996 after graduating from Commerce College, Jammu. Nationalism and patriotism were in his blood.

Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia moved with the unit for ‘Operation Vijay’ as part of 56 Mountain Brigade on 15 Jun 1999. There was heavy artillery shelling from the enemy’s side. The very first shell injured six soldiers and sent across a wave of shock and panic among other who desperately ran for cover. Major Jasrotia immediately sensed the gravity of the situation. He took charge of the situation. Subsequently, he ordered all the troops to take cover within the area of the administrative base. He himself attended to the casualties instead of taking cover. Though artillery shelling continued but it didn’t stop him. He then arranged for evacuation of the wounded soldiers to safety. The shelling continued unabated.

Amidst the bombardment, he organized troops into suitable groups and together they carried the soldiers on their backs. Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia got seriously injured when during the evacuation of the casualties, a shell landed in his close vicinity. Disregarding his injuries, he continued with his task of evacuating the injured soldiers. His condition got worsened due to steady loss of blood. Despite persistent persuasions by the troops, he refused to leave the battleground as life slowly ebbed out of him. He finally succumbed to his injuries. But before he closed his eyes, he sent six serious casualties to safety, all of whom later survived.

Thus, more than himself he cared about his fellow army soldiers. Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia was awarded the Sena Medal for his exceptional sacrifice during Kargil War. His contribution cannot be ignored. He was an exemplary soldier who can be a motivational force for others. His family is proud of him. Even after 16 years, he continues to live as heroes like him can never be forgotten.

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 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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World’s Oldest serving Aircraft Carrier ‘INS Viraat’ set to retire from Indian Navy

Viraat was completed and commissioned in Britain's Royal Navy as HMS Hermes

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Warship INS Viraat, Wikimedia

India, March 6, 2017: The world’s oldest aircraft carrier in service, the INS Viraat,is set to retire on Monday from the Indian Navy.

On Monday evening, the Naval flag atop the ship, also known as the “grand old lady”, will be lowered and wrapped at sunset, marking an end to its long journey of 55 years, including 30 years in the Indian Navy.

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Viraat was completed and commissioned in Britain’s Royal Navy as HMS Hermes.

In 1984, it was decommissioned from the Royal Navy and subsequently was commissioned by the Indian Navy on May 12, 1987.

The ship has seen a series of aircraft operate from its decks, including the the Sea Harrier, White Tigers, Seaking 42B, Seaking 42C and Chetaks.

Under the Indian Flag, various aircraft have flown more than 22,034 hours from the decks of the INS Viraat which implies that the carrier has been at sea for over six years covering the entire globe about 27 times.

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The ship played a major role in the Operation Jupiter in 1989 as part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force operations in Sri Lanka and Operation Vijay in 1999 during the Kargil War.

The last operational deployment of the ship was at the International Fleet Review (IFR-2016) in Visakhapatnam. (IANS)

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Pakistan was preparing to use nukes during Kargil war: Ex-White House Official

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New Delhi: Pakistan was preparing its nuclear weapons for deployment and possible use against India during the 1999 Kargil war when its army was suffering heavy casualties at the hands of the latter, the CIA had warned then President Bill Clinton, a former top White House official has said.

The CIA briefed Bill Clinton in this regard in July 4, 1999 when the president was scheduled to meet the visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Sharif had rushed to Washington and sought a meeting with Clinton in the wake of heavy losses suffered by Pakistani army by their Indian counterparts, looking for an honorable exit when a defeat seemed imminent.

“The morning of the Fourth (of July, 1999), the CIA wrote in its top-secret Daily Brief that Pakistan was preparing its nuclear weapons for deployment and possible use. The intelligence was very compelling. The mood in the Oval Office was grim,” Bruce Riedel, who worked at the time in the National Security Council of the White House and was among the few present at the Clinton-Sharif meeting said, NDTV reported.

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Riedel made the revelations in an obituary he wrote for Sandy Berger, former national security advisor to Clinton, who died of cancer on Wednesday.

“Berger urged Clinton to hear out Sharif, but to be firm… Pakistan started this crisis and it must end it without any compensation. The president needed to make clear to the prime minister that only a Pakistani withdrawal could avert further escalation,” he wrote.

“Sandy knew Clinton better than anyone, his natural inclination was to find a deal. This time, no deal was possible, it must be an unequivocal Pakistani climbdown,” Riedel said.

“It worked. Sharif agreed to pull back his troops. It later cost him his job: The army ousted him in a coup and he spent a decade in exile in Saudi Arabia. But the risk of a nuclear exchange in South Asia was averted,” Riedel wrote.

(With inputs from agencies)

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SC dismisses plea for probe into Kargil war purchases

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea for investigation into purchase at inflated price of caskets for soldiers martyred during the Kargil war and other items since the issues had been decided by trial courts.

An apex court bench of Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice V. Gopala Gowda declined the plea as counsel S Balasubramanian appearing for the Centre told the court that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had arraigned one Victor Baiza in the aluminium casket purchase case, but he was discharged by the court of metropolitan magistrate.

Similarly, Balasubramanian said, the CBI investigated the charges of wrongdoing in the purchase of Krasonpol ammunition, found nothing and filed a closure report that too was accepted by a trial court.

Balasubramanian said that allegations of wrongdoing in the purchase of snow suits were based on mere apprehensions as no contract was entered into and consequently no money was paid.

KG Dhananjay Chauhan moved the apex court for investigation into the alleged wrongdoings in the purchases done during the Kargil war in 1999 and sought putting in place a transparent procedure for the purchase of defence material.

The plea for investigation into the alleged scams had become infructuous in the wake of lower courts’ decisions, the apex court said.

(IANS)