“I’ll either come back after raising the Indian flag in victory or return wrapped in it, but I will come for sure,” were the last words of the Late Captain Vikram Batra.

Also known as the Sher Shah of the Indian Army, Captain Batra was martyred on July 7, 1999, while leading a troop in the Kargil War.

You might have come across his name during the Kargil war but over the passage of time, the people of India have long forgotten this brave man and his contributions. On his birthday today, let’s take a look back at the life of one of the bravest sons India has ever produced.

Vikram Batra was an officer of Indian Army born on September 9, 1974, in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh.

On June 19, 1999, during the Kargil war, the Indian army snatched point 5140 from right under the enemy’s nose under the leadership of Captain Vikram Batra.

Soon after capturing point 5140, Captain Batra volunteered for the next mission to recapture point 4875, which was 17,000 feet above the sea level and 80 degree steep.

Sacrificing one’s own life makes an individual great but saving someone’s life by sacrificing yours makes your name etched in the memories forever. Captain Batra did the same when he commanded a mission to rescue an injured officer during an enemy counter-attack.

During the rescue attempt, he pushed aside the injured officer saying, “You have children, step aside”, and was killed in action while clearing the enemy positions.

He was only 24 years old when he died on the battlefield.

In the year 2003, a movie named LOC Kargil was made as a tribute to the Indian Soldiers of the Kargil war and Bollywood star Abhishek Bacchan played the role of Captain Batra.

Param Vir Chakra awardee, Captain Batra is well known for his slogan “Yeh Dil Maange More!” which he used as a signal to communicate the completion of a mission.

While the entire country is busy fighting to protect the freedom of one’s own community, the ones standing at the border are busy guiding the freedom we achieved decades ago.

While we continue to kill our own people in the name of religion, politics, and power, the ones standing at the border are sacrificing their lives to protect their ‘own’ people.

The Illogical Indian team salutes all the brave soldiers of our country and pays a tribute to Captain Vikram Batra on his birthday.


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