Captain Vikram Batra from Kargil;
Major Kuldeep Singh Chandipur from the battle of longewaala in 1971 ;
Astonishing Shaitan Singh in 1962 .
It would be the rare citizen who knows or recalls in any great detail the exploits of second lieutenant Arun Khetarpal in 1971 or subedar bana Singh in 1987 ,or even Naib Subedar Sanjay Kumar ,whose story remains obscure to most of us ,was awarded Param Vir chakra , who ,like Vikram Batra .
Captain Vikram Batra’s war-cry ‘Yeh dil maange more ‘ during the Kargil war eased his passage into that rare public immortality These are the fallen stories they have fallen through the cracks .
Tribute to the Kargil soldiers and large no of uncelebrated heroes in our military past ,and the acts of invisible heroism that continue each day !
Because without heroes ,we are all plain people and don’t know how far we can go !