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Martyr Captain Vikram Batra by Shreyash Pai, 2004
Published 14 November 2004 :: Biography
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Martyr Captain Vikram Batra


’I’ll either come back after raising the Indian flag in victory or return wrapped in it.’ These were the words of our Indian hero, Captain Vikram Batra.

9th September 1974, a day in the history of India, which shall be remembered for ages to come. Twin sons were born to Mr. G.L. Batra and Mrs. Jai Kamal Batra at
Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. The family had two daughters earlier. Nicknamed “Luv” by his family, young Vikram was brilliant, smart, diligent and attractive personality in school. He scooped away most of the awards in his school during the prize distribution ceremony. He was an all rounder, good in academics as well as sports and extra curricular activities.

He joined the Indian Military Academy in June 1996 at Dehradun. After passing out in December 1997, he joined the army as a Lieutenant of 13 JAK Rifles at Sopore, Jammu & Kashmir.

June 1, 1999, his unit proceeded to the Kargil Sector where by now war like situation had erupted. The first task assigned to the young officer was the recapture of Point 5140, which was at an altitude of 17000 feet. Upon reaching the point he got into a cheeky conversation with a terrorist commander on the radio. The enemy commander challenged him by saying, “Why have you come Sher Shah (Vikram’s nick name given by his commanding officer), you will not go back”. Captain Vikram Batra with immense confidence replied, “We shall see within one hour, who remains on the top”. In a short while Captain Batra and his company of troops killed 8 enemy soldiers and captured a heavy anti-aircraft machine gun. Mission Point 4140 was a success!!

Soon after the success of Point 5140 he radioed his commanding officer and said victoriously “Yeh Dil Maange More”(English Translation: The heart wants more). This became the catch line for the war! With the victory of Point 5140 cleared the Srinagar-Leh highway, which led to capturing of Point 5100, 4700 Junction, Three Pimples and the ultimate prize- Tiger Hill.

After taking rest for couple of days he was sent for the task of capturing Point 4750, where he was engaged in the fiercest battle since the war had started. Vikram was challenged by an enemy officer, “Shershah, nobody shall be left to lift your bodies” to which Captain Vikram replied, “Don’t you worry about us, Pray for your safety.” Point 4750 was captured in no time adding one more victory to the count of Captain Vikram Batra.

Captain Batra was on a victory rampage, his heart asking for more honor and victory. He stoutly volunteered for the next mission, which was very crucial. It was the capture of Point 4875 at an altitude of 17000 feet. He went for the mission along with his company and another led by Captain Anuj Nayyar. A number of enemy troops were killed in this mission. On 5th July 1999 Point 4875 was captured. But the enemy troops set in for a counter attack on 7th July 1999 which was well retaliated by Captain Batra. In all this action one of his junior officers (Lieutenant Naveen) has severely injured his leg. Captain Batra went for his rescue. While dragging Lieutenant Naveen back under cover he pleaded to Captain Batra to let him continue the fight inspite the injuries to which Captain Batra heroically replied “Tu baal bachedaar hai!! Hatt jaa peeche”, (English Translation: You have kids and wife to look after! Get back).

It didn’t take long for this war hero to realize that he had been hit in the chest by an enemy bullet and then in a spilt of a second he was hit by a artillery splinter in the waist region. This great martyr gave away his last breath with “Jai maata di” (English Translation: Long Live Mother Durga) on his lips. Before succumbing to his injuries he killed 5 more enemy soldiers.

For his display of bravery he was awarded Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest medal for gallantry. His father G.L Batra received the medal from the President of India on behalf of his brave son.

In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes over night. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.”





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The story of a hero whom the nation will remember forever!!

Comments
iliiillliilllliiliill lllililiillllilii, 9 May 2006:
Nice job on this.

Tomás Ó Cárthaigh, 4 December 2005:
We all have our heroes,as to who is in the right in Jammu and Kashmir is anyones guess, and Indias boast they can ’take’ a nuclear hit is worrying for all the world.

Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

Manosij Majumdar, 29 June 2005:
Still on the top list, eh? Hang in there, buddy. And read my new poem, Eowyn.

PS: Read the old ones, too.

arjun sudhakaran, 11 June 2005:
CAPTAIN VIKRAM BATRA WAS A SOLDIERS SOLDIER.THAT IS HOW I BELIEVE ONE SHOULD DIE.NOT IN NO BET,NOT HAVING GROWN OLD....BUT IN THE BATTLEFIELD IN A BLAZE OF GLORY!THAT IS HOW A REAL SOLDIER WISHES TO LIVE HIS LIFE.ONE DIRTY S.O.B. TO ANOTHER CAPTAIN,I SALUTE YOU AGAIN!

Aditya Arun, 4 June 2005:
Half a year and still on the most read list. They say great people live when they are dead and not when alive. I guess Vikram Batra can be included in this category. Nice one Shreyash.
You must read the new one I posted.

Rahul Bose, 28 April 2005:
Yaar, that was a good one. LOC was a bogus movie. And i agree with Scott that you underplayed your talents.
You must read my poem ’Orphan’ and ’My Brother’.

Scot Savage, 8 April 2005:
Sorry mate, but I’m in the praising mood today. And even though I’m rotten in writing biographies, I’ll still praise it anyway.

Thank you for sharing this information about this great hero. He is The John Wayne of the Eastern Hemisphere.

You greatly underplay your artistic license. It must be stretched.


Only human, 6 March 2005:
hey shreyesh u must read my article too... the crack in egg

Shreyash Pai, 12 February 2005:
hehe.. thnx Manosij!! I was really shocked to see this article in the 5 top most read articles!! I had never expected it to come there, though I had a lot of expectations for the poem "The Romeo in Me"!! Neways thnxee, hopefully i might come to top 3 if more ppl view the text due to curiosity :D!!

Manosij Majumdar, 11 February 2005:
LOC, right? Saw it only last night. Recommendable movie, except for some glaring, stupid mistakes about the Army’s level of training. Otherwise, Abhishek Bachchan as Capt. Batra and Saif Ali Khan as Capt. Nayar are quite OK.

Manosij Majumdar, 11 February 2005:
I’ve read this before but returned after seeing it on the Most Read list. Congratulations! Just to remind you, you are one place away from being the author of the highest read piece of any Our Own Shj student.

Mississippi River, 4 December 2004:
I find that reading biographies can open a lot of the world up to us.

Suheil Kapadia, 15 November 2004:
Inspiring.

Manosij Majumdar, 15 November 2004:
That’s a rather nice piece. Quotation well applied.

        




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