Kargil Heroes

Kargil War Heroes


They'd promised their families they'd come back soon. They more than kept their word. Went as mere men. Came back as heroes. In coffins. 


Over a 400 of them at last count. Median age 19 to 35. The grim-faced army officers receiving the coffins, draped in the tricolour, the carriage to the army parade ground, the set-jawed shok shastra farewell salute by steely soldiers. The silent sorrow of upraised guns, slowly brought, barrel downward, to the ground, left arm tautly extended to the right before retracking, the holding of palm to chest, the sudden dropping of head, the 30-second hushed silence, then the regulation rajnigandha and marigold wreaths from the army and air chiefs, the general officer commanding, fellow officers, the battalion, before the body escorted by a comrade begins its last journey home. Wreathed in white, the colour of the pure; kesariya, the colour and insignia of the brave. Now across mountains, now across rivers, plains. 

The lines of pain crisscross the entire nation. 

They did it again. They have risen to defend our Kashmir from the aggression of the enemy. They are sacrificing their lives to defend Kashmir against the evil designs of Muslim fundamentalism. Our heroes of the defence forces are battling with the fundamentalist in KARGIL SECTOR and not allowing them an inch of the country to be occupied. They are forcing the fundamentalists out and have succeeded in their mission to a great extent.

Kashmiri Pandits all over the world are grateful to these worriors and brave sons of the land for defending the Kashmiri Pandit homeland "MAEJ KASHEER" (MOTHER KASHMIR). We the Kashmiri Pandits pay TRIBUTES to these young heroes through this page.

We are trying our best to get information of all the Heroes. If the names of some brave soldiers are not included in the list, it is only that we don't have information about him at present. As soon as we get the info we will put a separate page for the hero.

Major Vivek Gupta

There was pride in her salute and sorrow in her eyes as Capt Jayshree Gupta bid a final farewell to her slain husband Maj Vivek Gupta, the hero of the first major victory achieved by the Indian forces in Kargil.

Major Sonam Wangchuk

A soft-spoken Buddhist soldier gives India one of its major footholds in the icy mountains. Nation second highest wartime gallantry award MAHA VIR CHAKRA was awarded to Major Sonam Wangchuk on 15th August 1999.

Major Ajay Kumar

Major Ajay Kumar belonged to 13 Mechanised Infantry. He was killed in the Avantipur area when leading a search operation.

Captain Amol Kalia

The recapture of a key position in the Batalik sector by Capt Amol Kalia and 13 of his men, all of whom died, was one of the bravest acts seen in the Kargil sector. Nations third highest wartime gallantry award VIR CHAKRA was awarded to Captain Amol Kalia on 15th August 1999.

Lt. Kieshing Clifford Nongrum

Nations second highest wartime gallantry award MAHA VIR CHAKRA was awarded to Lt. Kieshing Clifford Nongrum on 15th August 1999.

Captain Sumeet Roy

Nation\'s third highest wartime gallantry award VIR CHAKRA was awarded to Captain Sumit Roy on 15th August 1999.

Captain Amit Verma

The 23-year-old soldier was the only son of his proud parents and a third generation army officer. His grandfather is a retired major and the father a retired colonel. Both had been in battles but Amit was the only one on whom martyrdom was bestowed in Kargil.

Captain Pannikot Visvanath Vikram

My son has accomplished what I could not. I am really proud of him, was the immediate reaction of Lieutenant Colonel (retired) P K P Viswanatha Panickar when he heard about the death of his son, Captain Pannikot Visvanath Vikram, 25, in a shell attack at Kargil.

Captain Anuj Nayyar

Nations second highest wartime gallantry award MAHA VIR CHAKRA was awarded to Captain Anuj Nair on 15th August 1999.

Deputy Commandant Joy Lall

Lall (36), a valiant officer, was among the three ITBP personnel killed at Gund in Jammu and Kashmir in a powerful landmine blast triggered by terrorists.

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