Army Day

Soldiers of the Indian Defence Forces: The heroes we need and deserve

Updated: January 15, 2019 7:15:09 pm

This Army Day, let’s help the heroes who restlessly toil to keep us safe from external and internal threats.

Army sounded a high alert across Line of Control with army jawans patrolling in Nowgam sector after special forces had carried out "Surgical strike" to destroy 7 launch pads along the Line of Control where teams of terrorists had positioned themselves. Express photo by Shuaib masoodi 30.9.2016

Army sounded a high alert across Line of Control with army jawans patrolling in Nowgam sector after special forces had carried out "Surgical strike" to destroy 7 launch pads along the Line of Control where teams of terrorists had positioned themselves. Express photo by Shuaib masoodi 30.9.2016[/caption]

Our defence forces have produced exemplary soldiers. From the Indian Army to the CAPFs, India has been home to countless heroes who are out there, laying down their lives in the line of duty, for our freedom. Our soldiers’ majestic achievements have, time and again, made us proud of being born in India. Let us have a look at some of these larger than life heroes who will always be immortal in history books, and our hearts:

Captain Vikram Batra An officer of the Indian army, Captain Batra of 13 J&K Rifles, is a hero of the Kargil war. On June 1st, 1999, when the war was on the verge of eruption, he was sent to recapture Point 5140, at a height of 17000 feet. Also called ‘Shershah’ by the enemy, he, along with his company of troops successfully recaptured the peak, killing eight enemy soldiers and capturing an anti-aircraft machine gun in the process. “Yeh Dil mange more!” he said to his Commanding Officer (CO), after the mission.

After that, he went on to take one of the most dangerous and most crucial missions of the war – the capture of point 4875. Enemy forces were at 16,000 feet, while the climb gradient was 80 degrees. But nothing deterred the gallant officer. Under heavy fire, he moved forward, with courage in his heart, and a battle cry on his lips: “Durga Mata ki Jai!”. His assault was brutal, and it devastated the enemy. The capture was a success, but one of his men was severely injured and was still in the line of enemy fire. To drag him to safety, Captain Batra exposed himself to enemy fire. He was shot in the chest by an enemy sniper and succumbed to the fatal wounds. His last words were, “Jai Mata Di!” He was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra.