As we remember Captain Vikram Batra on his 24th death anniversary, let us pay tribute to the ultimate sacrifice he made for our country. His name will forever be etched in our hearts, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations to serve and protect our nation.
Vikram Batra was born on September 9, 1974 in a small town of Himachal Pradesh called Palampur. He pursued his schooling at D.A.V.Public School in Palampur. Later he joined the Government College in Chandigarh. Captain Batra had the passion to join the armed forces from a young age. Captain Batra set his sights on serving his country by getting inspired by his father who served in the Indian Army.
Enrollment in The Indian Military Academy:
In 1996, Vikram Batra joined the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. He belonged to the 13th battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles (JAK Rifles). He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in December 1997. Captain Batra earned the affectionate nickname “Sher Shah” (Lion King) for his bravery and indomitable spirit.
Kargil War 1999:
Captain Vikram Batra’s moment of glory came during the Kargil War in 1999, the conflict showcased the heroism and valor of the Indian Armed Forces. He served in the treacherous terrain of the Dras sector. Lieutenant Batra displayed exceptional courage and leadership in the face of adversity. He played a pivot role in the recapture of Point 5140, also known as the “Tiger Hill.”
During the battle for Tiger Hill, Vikram Batra and his Delta Company were tasked with scaling the steep slopes and dislodging enemy forces. He led his men from the front, inspiring them to push beyond their limits with unmatched bravery and sheer determination. It was on July 7, 1999, during the final assault on Point 4875, that tragedy struck. Vikram Batra was hit by enemy gunfire, while rescuing an injured officer and made the supreme sacrifice for the nation.
Param Vir Chakra:
Captain Vikram Batra was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military decoration for valour in the face of the enemy. His citation reads, “He led his men to battle, despite hostile terrain, heavy enemy fire and losing his officers and men in the course of action. For his sustained display of the most conspicuous personal bravery and leadership of the highest order in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra.”
Several books, documentaries, and films have been dedicated to capturing the extraordinary life of Vikram Batra. The Bollywood movie “Shershaah,” is the biopic of Captain Vikram Batra. Actor Sidharth Malhotra has played the role of Captain Batra.
Captain Batra has become an inspirational figure for millions of Indians, embodying the spirit of selflessness, courage, and patriotism. His famous words, “Yeh dil maange more!” (This heart yearns for more), have become a motivation for younger generation to put persistent efforts to gain success.
Captain Vikram Batra’s life serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by our armed forces to protect the sovereignty and integrity of our nation. His story continues to inspire generations, reminding us of the true meaning of bravery, sacrifice, and love for the motherland.