In this article, we are going to focus on our beloved Kargil war hero Captain Vikram Batra, who was martyred at a very young age of 24, but the story of his courage and his service to the country will inspire us for generations to come. Skipper Vikram Batra was conceived on 9 September 1974 in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. He had a multi-faceted personality. He was brilliant in studies, was a really good sportsman, and exceptional in extra-curricular activities. In fact, he had also represented his school in the Youth Parliament in Delhi.
Although he had started his graduation for a typical career path, he ended up clearing the CDS examination in 1996 and received a call for an interview with the Services Selection Board. He got selected and then he ultimately left the University so that he could join the Indian Military Academy. Skipper Vikram Batra joined the IMA at Dehradun in 1996 in Manekshaw Battalion. After completing his training course, he passed out and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the 13th battalion of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles. With his stint, he believed that he had really found his calling for life. His first posting was in the town of Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir.
While he was posted at Sopore, Captain Vikram Batra was a piece of a few experiences with psychological oppressors. Truth be told, in one of these experiences, he had a fortunate departure when a shot discharged by an activist passed by his shoulder and struck one of his men behind him. He was really saddened by the incident as he believed that the bullet was meant for him. Only two years after the fact, he was a piece of a Commando Course in Karnataka where he exceeded expectations and was granted the most elevated evaluating, the Instructor’s Grade.
When the Kargil war broke out, Captain Vikram Batra’s battalion received the orders of deployment to Drass. They were given the errand of catching Point 5140. Point 5140 was a deliberately critical mountain pinnacle and its catch was significant from the Indians’ perspective. The Indian armed force, under the authority of Captain Batra, grabbed it from the foe on June 19, 1999. Even though the enemy had the advantage of higher positions, the Indian army made a cleverly coordinated tactical assault and routed the enemy camp. This was an important victory. It reinforced India’s regional hold and later prompted the catch of Tiger Hill.
After the triumph, Captain Vikram Batra should have told his administrator ‘Ye Dil Maange More’ where he utilized the well-known slogan of Pepsi’s promotion battle. After the accomplishment at Point 5140, Captain Vikram Batra really chipped in for the following strategic goal was to recover Point 4875. This point was part of extremely difficult terrain. It was 17,000 feet above sea level and had an 80-degree steep cliffside. Pakistani troops had positioned themselves at the height of 16,000 feet on this point.
On July 7, Vikram and his men began to move towards this point with the goal that they could offer help to the Indian power which was at that point battling the foe at 16,000 feet. He was at that point notable in the Pakistani and Indian Army for his adventures at Point 5140. The Pakistani army had actually given him the code name Sher Shah. The enemy actually got information about the legendary Sher Shah coming and increased their attack.
They used a mortar and fired incessantly at Indian troops from above. However, the Indian soldiers continued on their mission undeterred by all these problems. During the mission, one of his junior officers injured his legs in an explosion. Captain Vikram Batra rushed to rescue him. Some members of his team offered to go instead but he insisted on doing the job himself.
There was a heavy enemy fire going on. He utilized Grenades on the foe and wound up murdering five warriors in close combat. He had quite recently arrived near his harmed companion and was attempting to lift him when an adversary projectile hit him in his chest. Captain Vikram Batra got mortally wounded and passed away during combat. His dauntlessness during the Kargil war really got his name included among India’s most prominent military legends.
India was able to capture Peak 4875 which now is referred to as Vikram Batra Top following his exploits. He was awarded the Param Vir Chakra which is India’s highest military honor. A statue honoring him has been put up at the town square of Palampur.
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