What comes to your mind when you hear this famous dialogue
“Yeh Dil Maange More”
Well, this is the famous dialogue given by Martyr Vikram Batra who sacrificed his life for the motherland on 7th July 1999. On the birth anniversary of Martyr Captain Vikram Batra, we are here to recall some of his memories back in front of you.
On 52nd Independence Day of India, he was awarded the Highest Gallantry award, Param Vir Chakra (PVC) by the President (Late KR Narayanan). His father GL Batra was present at the ceremony to receive the award on his behalf.
A Through back from 1974:
Vikram Batra was born on 9th September 1974 as twin brothers in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. His father GL Batra was the school Principal of a government school whereas his mother was the government teacher. He pursued most of his education from DAV School after which he completed his senior secondary education from Kendriya Vidyalaya School, Palampur.
After his schooling, he continued his further studies in BSc medical Science from DAV College. Simultaneously, he joined the NCC Air wing. In his first year of college, he was ranked as the best NCC cadet of Punjab Directorate. In next two years, he continued his NCC training as the cadet of Army wing.
He becomes passionate to join Indian Army after he was selected for the Republic Day NCC parade. He was even shortlisted for Merchant Navy in a Hong Kong based company but rejected the proposal.
In 1995, after completing his Bachelor’s degree he studied MA English. The main motto behind MA was to join Indian Army.
He cleared the CDS exam and was among 35 Merit-in candidates who made to join IMA Dehradun to become the Officers in Indian Army. During the training period, he was trained in Manekshaw Battalion. He joined 13 J&K Rifles after getting commissioned on 6th December 1997.
In 1999, he underwent the commando training where he was given the maximum grading.
The Untold Story of Kargil
Vikram Batra was one of the 13J&K Rifles who was sent to Dras on 6th June. He was called as the reserves with 2 Rajputana Rifles. Under the command of LC Yogesh Kumar Joshi, 13 JAK Rifles were instructed to capture Point 5140 of Tololing. Among three companies, Lieutenant Vikram Batra was leading the Delta Company.
After a tough struggle with the PAK Army, the B and D companies were able to capture the Peak 5140 without any causality. After this, Vikram Batra was promoted to Captain Rank.
After capturing Point 5140, it was not important to capture the Area Flat top. But Captain Batra was suffering from Fever and fatigue, so LC Joshi instructed his battalion to lead without him. The team was even successful in capturing the Area Flat top, but with no time, they faced a counterattack from PAK Army. After watching this all, Vikram Batra insisted his Commanding Officer to let him go and handle the situation.
In the Indian Army, where it is hard to walk away from the instructions of Senior Officer, many of the troop soldiers pleaded to accompany Captain Batra and proceed and move as the reinforcement team at the Area Flat Top.
During the capturing, almost everything was under situation but one machine gun was left which was being instructed by four PAK soldiers. Captain Vikram and Sub Raghunath Singh were targeting the enemy with their AK-47. When one of his men was shot by the enemy, Vikram Batra planned to bring him back to the boulder. While trying to bring the injured soldier, he was shot two bullets, one by the sniper which hit his chest and second by a splinter by the RPG which directly hit his head, causing fatal injury.
On the Birth anniversary of Martyr Captain Vikram Batra, we all remember him for his incomparable bravery and passion to serve his motherland.
Below are some of the interesting facts about Vikram Batra.
- The General of Army Staff once spoke had Vikram Batra returned from the 1999 Kargil Battle, he would have been the General of Indian Army.
- In the remembrance, Indian Army has constructed many cantonments and constructions after his name.
- During a rescue attempt, he pushed his companion back saying “You have children, stay aside”.
- Vikram Batra is the last recipient of India’s Highest Gallantry Award, Param Vir Chakra.
In the movie “LOC Kargil” Abhishek Bachchan played the role of Captain Vikram Batra.
Famous Quotes by Vikram Batra that will bring Goosebumps:
- During one of the conversations with his Girlfriend, he responded him “Either I will come back after hoisting the Tricolour, or I will come back wrapped in it, but I will be back for sure.”
- When asked to choose one company shout, he chose “Yeh Dil Mange More”
- Most of the time, he used to say “Don’t worry about us, Pray for your safety”