By: FPJ Web Desk | September 08, 2023
September 9 marks the birth anniversary of the 'Param Vir Chakra' awardee, Capt. Vikram Batra who led the Indian soldiers to victory in the 1999 Kargil War. Here is a brief look into his life and contributions for India until death (July 7, 1999).
Captain Vikram Batra was born on September 9 in 1974 and he hailed from Bandla Gaon in Palampur district of Himachal Pradesh.
While growing up, he was greatly influenced by the inspirational stories of the Param Vir Chakra awardees. As a young boy he would reportedly watch the TV serial “Param Vir Chakra” and thereafter often discuss in detail their stories of courage and gallantry with his twin brother Vishal Batra.
It was in 1994 that Vikram Batra passed the Combined Defence Services Examination and made his way to join the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.
As part of Operation Vijay during the Kargil War, Lt Vikram Batra’s unit 13 JAK Rif got deployed in the Dras area of Kargil in June 1999 under the operational command of 56 Infantry Brigade.
At 4:35 am on Jun e 20, 1999, Lt Batra sent the radio message, “Chanakya… it’s Shershaah reporting! We’ve captured the post! Yeh Dil Maange More." These words of victory later became the catch-phrase of the Kargil War.
An injured Batra while attempting to save the life of a fellow soldier was hit on his chest by a sniper bullet from the enemy. He breathed his last, uttering the words, “Durga Mata Ki Jai” meaning “Victory to Goddess Durga”, the battle-cry of his Regiment.
Spurred by Capt Batra’s extreme courage and supreme sacrifice, his men attacked through the ledge and fighting like men possessed achieved the objective.
The victory paved the way for a string of victories at Point 5100, Point 4700, Junction Peak and ‘Three Pimples’.
Capt Vikram Batra was given the nation’s highest gallantry award, “Param Vir Chakra” posthumously for his outstanding courage, steadfast resolve, leadership, and supreme sacrifice.
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