Capt. Vikram Batra’s death anniversary: Remembering the brave Kargil hero’s exploits

Captain Batra was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra on January 26, 2000 and till date he is the last soldier whose achievements have been immortalised with India's highest military honor.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2017 5:28 pm
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Kargil war hero, late Captain Vikram Batra’s short 24 years of life are a personified testament to the spirit of the Indian Army. As fiery in his enthusiasm and courage as army call name “Sher Shah”, Batra was martyred on July 7, 1999, during combat.

Five weeks after the Kargil war began, on June 19, 1999, Lieutenant (at the time) Batra was ordered to recapture Point 5140. In spite of the enemy camp at the Point with a height advantage on them, Batra and his men successfully made it to the top alive in a decisive victory. Following the successful capture of Point 5140, which strengthened India’s hold on the territory and led to the fall of Tiger Hill, Batra is known to have told his commander at the base — “Ye Dil Maange More” — using a popular advertising slogan of the times to express his desire to do more.

Next, the eighty degree steep and 17000 feet high Point 4875 — one of the most difficult mountain warfare operations — was undertaken by Batra and his men. At the height of 16000 feet of it, Pakistani troops were stationed. 18 years ago, on the night of July 7, as Batra and his men advanced, the weather conditions with fog too were unfavorable to their mission. Batra was heavily wounded while rescuing another injured officer during an enemy counterattack but fought till his last breath despite grave injuries. By the morning of July 8, India had annihilated the enemy side and recaptured Point 4875 but lost Captain Batra. “I’ll either come back after raising the Indian flag in victory or return wrapped in it, but I will come for sure,” he had said and it rang true on that day of mourning.

Captain Batra was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra on January 26, 2000 and till date he is the last soldier whose achievements have been immortalised with India’s highest military honor. Since then, many army cantonments and edifices bear his name such as a hall at Service Selection Centre Allahabad is named ‘Vikram Batra Block’, a residential area in the Jabalpur Cantonment is called ‘Captain Vikram Batra Enclave’ and the combined cadet’s mess at the Indian Military Academy, is named ‘Vikram Batra Mess’. His towering legacy of selflessness and fearlessness continually serves as an inspiration for the young people who aspire to join the Indian Army.

vikram batra, kargil martyr G L Batra, father of Capt Vikram Batra, who was killed during the Kargil War, being honoured on the occasion on 10th anniversary of Kargil War in Drass.

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    SANKAR
    Jul 9, 2017 at 2:28 pm
    A TRUE SPIRITED INDIAN.SALUTE THE BRAVE HEART..............KASHMIREES DOGS THROWING STONES AT ARMY PERSONEL MAY FOLLOW HIS PRINCIPLES...........JAI HIND.
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      Tarun Thakur
      Jul 9, 2017 at 10:54 am
      A rare hero
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        Murthy
        Jul 8, 2017 at 11:20 am
        I SALUTE this National Hero and India's Pride. Indian Army has a glorious record in ALL the battles it fought. Readers, please note there is a counterfeit operating under my user name. In terms of QUALITY, you can distinguish between his post and mine. This cheat is the opposite of Col. Vikram Batra... a coward as opposed to Col.Batra's bravery and sraddha.
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          kailash joshi
          Jul 8, 2017 at 7:57 am
          Salute to Unforgettable Bravery
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            Murthy
            Jul 8, 2017 at 3:03 am
            Brahmins have been following an excellent strategy of eulogizing their own oles just so their ego survives. Remember C P Iyer, a scoundrel who on the orders of his British Masters massacred 1000s of unarmed farmers in the Punnapura Vyalar uprising. The B I T C H Shanti Krishna now heads a C P Ramaswami Iyer foundation that was established to not to give up on the British a s s l i c k i n g trait of brahmins and to rub salt on those poor departed souls of the massacre. She should be destroyed and so is the foundation.
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              Murthy
              Jul 8, 2017 at 11:15 am
              The ABOVE post is likely to be by a SCOUNDREL, because he has used my User Name deliberately. How Indian Express' system has allowed this to happen, I do NOT know. I have NOT done the above post. Sneaky Scoundrels are the worst kind. I know of NO Brahmins who did any favours to the British, it was the Scoundrels of the Justice Party, composed of people like this sneaky numbskull who is using my name that asked the British to "stay on", they said to them, "Or else the intelligent Brahmins will take ALL the jobs".... !! People who are familiar with my posts know that I would keep to the theme of the IE report on which I am commenting and I will not use bad language like this bottom feeding creature writing under my name.
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              Jay Smith
              Jul 8, 2017 at 1:07 am
              Every soldier who went up to fight at those heights is a hero. some large some small but heroes all.
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                Temujink
                Jul 8, 2017 at 12:44 am
                RIP Capt Batra. Thanks from the Billion souls.
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                  deepak sankhla
                  Jul 8, 2017 at 12:00 am
                  We are indebted to you Sir...
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