Remembering​ ​Subedar​ ​Joginder​ ​Singh:​ ​The​ ​Param​ ​Veer​ ​of​ ​Indian​ ​Army

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96​ ​years​ ​ago​ ​today,​ ​the​ ​Param​ ​Veer​ ​of​ ​India​ ​and​ ​Indian​ ​Army​ ​took​ ​birth​ ​in​ ​a​ ​small​ ​village​ ​of​ ​Moga.​ ​He was​ ​an​ ​ordinary​ ​child​ ​born​ ​in​ ​an​ ​ordinary​ ​family​ ​of​ ​enslaved​ ​India​ ​but​ ​what​ ​he​ ​did​ ​in​ ​his​ ​life​ ​is​ ​not​ ​only triumphant​ ​but​ ​also​ ​gave​ ​a​ ​new​ ​definition​ ​to​ ​valor​ ​and​ ​courage.

Subedar​ ​Joginder​ ​Singh​ ​who​ ​got​ ​commissioned​ ​into​ ​Sikh​ ​Regiment​ ​of​ ​British​ ​Indian​ ​Army​ ​was​ ​sent​ ​to Burma​ ​soon​ ​after​ ​his​ ​training​ ​is​ ​completed.​ ​On​ ​15​th​​ ​August​ ​1947​ ​when​ ​a​ ​huge​ ​nation​ ​like​ ​India​ ​attained independence​ ​from​ ​the​ ​treacherous​ ​rule​ ​of​ ​British,​ ​his​ ​regiment​ ​was​ ​shifted​ ​to​ ​Indian​ ​Army​ ​where​ ​he​ ​was sent​ ​to​ ​tension​ ​struck​ ​area​ ​of​ ​North​ ​Western​ ​Frontier​ ​Provinces​ ​after​ ​Pakistani​ ​Tribals​ ​launched​ ​an​ ​attack on​ ​Kashmir​ ​to​ ​detach​ ​it​ ​from​ ​India,​ ​he​ ​along​ ​with​ ​his​ ​men​ ​stood​ ​his​ ​ground​ ​and​ ​didn’t​ ​let​ ​those​ ​Tribals​ ​to take​ ​control​ ​over​ ​Kashmir.

But​ ​the​ ​real​ ​test​ ​of​ ​his​ ​exuberance​ ​and​ ​firmness​ ​was​ ​pushed​ ​to​ ​test​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Indo-China​ ​War​ ​of​ ​1962.​ ​Then 41​ ​year​ ​old​ ​Subedar​ ​Joginder​ ​Singh​ ​was​ ​on​ ​the​ ​verge​ ​of​ ​his​ ​retirement,​ ​he​ ​was​ ​a​ ​fit​ ​as​ ​a​ ​16​ ​year​ ​old​ ​and ready​ ​to​ ​go​ ​for​ ​battle​ ​in​ ​the​ ​service​ ​of​ ​nation.​ ​Being​ ​unacclimated​ ​to​ ​the​ ​terrain​ ​Subedar​ ​and​ ​his​ ​few​ ​men got​ ​the​ ​marching​ ​orders​ ​to​ ​NEFA​ ​(now​ ​Arunachal​ ​Pradesh),​ ​where​ ​they​ ​were​ ​the​ ​given​ ​the​ ​charge​ ​of Twin​ ​Peaks​ ​and​ ​IB​ ​Ridge​ ​in​ ​Bum​ ​La​ ​Axis​ ​of​ ​Tawang​ ​Sector.​ ​This​ ​feature​ ​was​ ​crucial​ ​for​ ​Indians​ ​so​ ​as​ ​to strategically​ ​counter​ ​any​ ​objectionable​ ​activity​ ​by​ ​our​ ​larger​ ​neighbor,​ ​China.

He​ ​and​ ​his​ ​platoon​ ​took​ ​control​ ​of​ ​the​ ​feature​ ​where​ ​they​ ​were​ ​right​ ​in​ ​front​ ​of​ ​a​ ​humongous​ ​Chinese PLA​ ​(People’s​ ​Liberation​ ​Army),​ ​taking​ ​advantage​ ​of​ ​their​ ​numbers,​ ​Chinese​ ​everyday​ ​launches psychological​ ​attack​ ​on​ ​their​ ​Indian​ ​counterparts​ ​but​ ​due​ ​to​ ​sheer​ ​motivation​ ​and​ ​inspiration​ ​provided​ ​by Subedar,​ ​our​ ​Indian​ ​soldiers​ ​were​ ​unabated​ ​and​ ​didn’t​ ​bent​ ​their​ ​knees​ ​in​ ​front​ ​of​ ​these​ ​attacks.​ ​Frustrated Chinese,​ ​finally​ ​launched​ ​full-fledged​ ​attack​ ​on​ ​India,​ ​later​ ​in​ ​the​ ​October​ ​1962.​ ​Subedar​ ​and​ ​his​ ​men​ ​in retaliation​ ​opened​ ​fire​ ​against​ ​the​ ​Chinese​ ​PLA​ ​and​ ​even​ ​though​ ​they​ ​were​ ​lesser​ ​in​ ​number,​ ​they​ ​crushed their​ ​two​ ​waves​ ​one​ ​after​ ​another.

Up​ ​to​ ​this​ ​moment,​ ​Indian​ ​soldiers​ ​were​ ​out​ ​of​ ​their​ ​ammunition,​ ​half​ ​of​ ​their​ ​men​ ​were​ ​already​ ​martyred and​ ​they​ ​even​ ​got​ ​orders​ ​to​ ​come​ ​back​ ​from​ ​their​ ​company​ ​Commander,​ ​but​ ​Subedar​ ​and​ ​his​ ​few​ ​men denied​ ​the​ ​orders​ ​and​ ​faced​ ​third​ ​wave​ ​of​ ​Chinese​ ​PLA​ ​with​ ​their​ ​bayonets.​ ​Defeat​ ​was​ ​inevitable​ ​for Indians​ ​but​ ​that​ ​didn’t​ ​shook​ ​their​ ​courage,​ ​even​ ​after​ ​losing​ ​all​ ​his​ ​men​ ​and​ ​taken​ ​into​ ​custody​ ​by Chinese​ ​he​ ​denied​ ​taking​ ​treatment​ ​by​ ​the​ ​enemy​ ​and​ ​finally​ ​achieved​ ​martyrdom​ ​on​ ​October​ ​23,​ ​1962.

Seeing​ ​this​ ​unprecedented​ ​courage,​ ​he​ ​was​ ​awarded​ ​by​ ​country’s​ ​highest​ ​gallantry​ ​award​ ​–​ ​Param​ ​Vir Chakra​ ​(Posthumously),​ ​after​ ​this​ ​announcement​ ​even​ ​Chinese​ ​realized​ ​the​ ​bravery​ ​of​ ​this​ ​man​ ​and returned​ ​his​ ​mortal​ ​remains​ ​to​ ​his​ ​family​ ​in​ ​India.​ ​To​ ​mark​ ​respect​ ​to​ ​the​ ​extraordinary​ ​valor​ ​shown​ ​by him,​ ​a​ ​war​ ​biopic​ ​is​ ​in​ ​making​ ​by​ ​Seven​ ​Colors​ ​Entertainment​ ​which​ ​ought​ ​to​ ​be​ ​release​ ​on​ ​April​ ​6,​ ​2018.

Ordinary ​ ​son ​ ​of ​ ​Punjab’s ​ ​soil ​ ​became ​ immortal, ​ ​after being ​ ​
one ​ ​of ​ ​only ​ ​21 ​ ​soldiers who ​ ​were ​ ​awarded ​ ​with ​ ​
Param ​ ​Vir ​ ​Chakra On ​ ​his ​ ​birth ​ ​anniversary ​ ​
let ​ ​us ​ ​keep ​ ​him ​ ​alive ​ ​
by ​ ​serving ​ ​our ​ ​nation ​ ​in ​ ​every ​ ​possible manner ​ ​
and ​ ​make ​ ​this ​ ​country ​ ​worth ​ ​living

 

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