Param Vir Chakra Stories by Rachna Bisht Rawat
(Book Review 9/2015)
The book is very good. Good enough to instil the gratitude we owe to these brave soldiers of Mother India and we are highly obliged to them for our security and the freedom we enjoy as our birthright. Without these brave soldiers we would be in the total darkness without a single star of hope. I salute all the brave sons of India.
I have been always fascinated by the idea of joining army but I couldn’t due to certain restraints and still I hope to join them one day if not this time maybe next time. What army guarantees is not a glorious life but a life which can have a very glorious death and that’s the greatest gift anyone can have having fully served our motherland. To die a brave death is a big enough trophy for me to join the forces. How many people you remember who have died a very glorious death? Perhaps a few lucky people most of them in the uniforms.
The book starts with “For all those brave soldiers whose sacrifices went unrecognized – you were as brave as the ones we honoured” Truly realistic isn’t it?
Somnath Sharma Badgam, Jammu & Kashmir 3rd November 1947
Karam Singh Richhmar Gali, Kashmir 13th October 1948
Rama Raghoba Rane Jammu & Kashmir April 1948
Jadunath Singh Tain Dhar, Kashmir 6th February 1948
Piru Singh Shekhawat The battle of Darapari 18th July 1948
2. Congo 1961
Gurbachan Singh Salaria Elizabethville, Katanga 5th December 1961, 1.12 PM
3. The Indo-Chinese war of 1962
Dhan Singh Thapa Battle For Sirijap 1, Ladakh Region 20th October 1962
Joginder Singh The battle of Tongpen La, 23rd October 1962, 5.30 AM
Shaitan Singh Rezang La October 1962
4. Second Kashmir war of 1965
Abdul Hamid Khem Karan Sector 8th September 1965
Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore Buttar Dograndi 16th September 1965
5. The Indo-Pak war of 1971
Albert Ekka Gangasagar, Bangladesh 3rd December 1971
Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon Srinagar 14th December 1971
Arun Khetarpal Basantar, Shakargarh Sector 16th December 1971
Hoshiar Singh Basantar, Shakargarh, Pakistan 15-16 December 1971
6. Siachen 1987
Bana Singh Quaid Post, 26th June 1987
7. Operation Pawan 1987-90
Ramaswamy Parameshwaran North Jaffna 24th November 1987
8. The Kargil War 1999
Manoj Kumar Pandey Baltik sector, Kargil 2-3 July 1999
Yogender Singh Yadav Tiger Hill 5th June 1999
Sanjay Kumar Area flat Top, Point 4875 4th July 1999, 1 PM
Vikram Batra Pt 4875 7th July 1999
You will fight till the last man and the last bullet.
Really great to know Lest we forget. It’s very important to know for a soldier dies two deaths one when he actually dies and second when he is forgotten.
So I say every Indian should know about these sacrifices and this book truly does the justice by adept research and lots of hard work of meeting everyone connected with these brave stories so a must read book.