"THEY GAVE THEIR TODAY FOR OUR TOMORROW"
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.
Nations highest wartime gallantry award PARAM VIR CHAKRA was awarded to Captain VIKRAM BATRA on 15th August 1999.
Nations second highest wartime gallantry award MAHA VIR CHAKRA was awarded to Naik Digendra Kumar on 15th August 1999.
The men of 17 Garhwal had charged into battle shouting Badri Vishal, their battle cry. Of the four companies that went into battle one officer and eleven jawans did not return.
Nations third highest wartime gallantry award VIR CHAKRA was awarded to Lt. Vijayant Thapar on 15th August 1999.
Nations second highest wartime gallantry award MAHA VIR CHAKRA was awarded to Lt. N. Kenguruse on 15th August 1999.
Attacked by intruders and bombarded by artillery, he and his unit, equipped only with small arms, fought to the end. Nations third highest wartime gallantry award VIR CHAKRA was awarded to Lt. Hanif-u-din on 15th August 1999.
Pakistan displayed sheer inhumanity when it returned the bodies of Lt Saurabh Kalia and his five men in extremely mutilated conditions.
Lt Bharadwaj and his men were among the first to encounter the enemy in the Kargil sector. He led the patrol after Captain Saurav Kalia and his men from the same unit went missing in the Kaksar area on May 8 near Bajrang post.
Nations second highest wartime gallantry award MAHA VIR CHAKRA was awarded to Lt. Balwan Singh on 15th August 1999.
Nations highest wartime gallantry award PARAM VIR CHAKRA was awarded to Lt. Manoj Kumar Pandey on 15th August 1999.
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