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July 7: Remembering The Sher Shah of the Indian Army, Late Captain Vikram Batra




By: Amrinder | July 7, 2021

"I either come back after raising the Indian flag in victory or return wrapped in it, but I will come for sure." -- Captain Vikram Batra

These were the last words from the Sher Shah of the Indian Army, Late Captain Vikram Batra. You must have come across this name when the Kargil war was going on but the name and the man has been forgotten. Not only should every Indian know his name, but should also know his life because he died protecting his friends and us. Late Captain Vikram Batra was born on September 9, 1974.

HERE ARE SOME FACTS YOU ALL SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE BRAVE SHER SHAH OF THE INDIAN ARMY, VIKRAM BATRA:

  • Batra got his primary education from his mother, who herself was a teacher.
  • Captain Vikram Batra would have been the General of the Indian Army staff, had he returned from the Kargil war fought between India and Pakistan in the year 1999.
  • He was an officer of the Indian Army and died in the Kargil war while rescuing an injured officer in an enemy counter-attack.
  • Batra died on July 7, 1999, when he was only 24 years old.
  • On June 19, 1999, under the leadership of Captain Vikram Batra, the Indian army snatched point 5140 from right under the enemy's nose.
  • After the successful operation of Point 5140, Captain Batra volunteered for the next mission to recapture point 4875. This point was 17,000 feet above the sea level and 80 degree steep.
  • On July 7, 1999, in the early hours, he was commanding a mission to rescue an injured officer during an enemy counter-attack.
  • It is believed that during the rescue attempt, he pushed aside the injured officer saying, "You have children, step aside."
  • He was killed in action while clearing enemy positions.
  • In his remembrance, Captain Batra's name is used by the Indian Army for various constructions and cantonments
  • 2003 movie LOC Kargil was made as a tribute to the soldiers of the Kargil war. Reportedly, Abhishek Bachchan played the role of Captain Batra.
  • He was awarded the Param Vir Chakra after his death.
  • As his signal to communicate the success of his missions, Captain Batra was also well known for using the slogan "Yeh Dil Maange More!". 
  • Filmmaker Karan Johar is producing a biopic on Vikram Batra, with actor Sidharth Malhotra playing the lead role. The film will be produced by Dharma Productions and Shabbir Boxwala and will be directed by Vishnu Varadhan from a story written by Sandeep Srivastava.

-- with inputs from indiatoday



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