For the brave soldiers of the Indian Army, laying down their lives is a very real possibility. But the bravery of some outshines that of the others. And in making the supreme sacrifice they become immortal heroes. One such man was Captain Vikram Batra, PVC, the Sher Shah of the Kargil War. Here’s a quick fact file on one of the bravest soldiers India ever knew.
He came close to not joining the Army. He was selected for the Merchant Navy but gave up the idea and joined the Indian Military Academy instead.
Commissioned into the 13 JAK Rif, he was promoted to the rank of Captain on the battlefield itself.
He was only 24 years old when he made the supreme sacrifice for the nation.
He was nicknamed ‘Sher Shah’ for his indomitable courage, and it also doubled up as his call sign.
After the capture of Point 5140 he radioed “Yeh Dil Mange More” to his commanding officer, signalling the success of the mission.
Another of his famous quotes is, “Either I will come back after hoisting the Tricolour, or I will come back wrapped in it. But I will be back for sure”. His body did come back wrapped in the Tricolour.
While fighting to capture Point 4875 he told Subedar Major Raghunath Singh “Tu baal-bacchedar hai, hat ja peeche” and went ahead to face the enemy.
His last words were “Jai Mata Di”, the Company’s war cry when he charged the enemy bunkers.
Captain Batra was hit by sniper fire and succumbed to his injuries. Seeing this, the Company went berserk and went all out against the enemy.
Point 4875 was captured by the unit and the tricolor hoisted atop. The feature is now known as Batra Top.
He was awarded the country’s highest war time gallantry award, the Param Vir Chakra.
His medal citation reads: With utter disregard to his personal safety leading from the front he rallied his men and pressed on the attack the helped achieve a near impossible military task in the face of heavy enemy fire. The officer, however, succumbed to his injuries. Inspired by his daredevil act, his troops fell upon the enemy with vengeance, annihilated them and captured Point 4875.
Captain Vikram Batra, thus, displayed the most conspicuous bravery and leadership of the highest order in the face of the enemy and made supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.