Port Blair, July 24: On the occasion of 20th Kargil Vijay Diwas celebration on July 26, 2019 with this year's theme "Remember, Rejoice and Renew", the Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma with a vision to evoke Nationalism and Patriotism amongst students and youths in these Islands, has proposed to observe "Kargil Vijay Diwas" in a befitting manner and in true spirit at Auditorium of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Institute of Technology (DBRAIT) at 10 am on July 26, 2019.
Accordingly, patriotic speeches and war experiences will be shared by the living recipients of the Kargil and other Gallantry awards in various fields. 'In such occasions is the most appropriate to groom the young powerful mind of our islands in such a way that they remember supreme sacrifice of our martyrs in insurmountable odds for the mother nation', Member of Parliament visions.
The 20th Kargil Vijay Diwas celebration at DBRAIT will be blessed by many prominent faces & living legends of our country such as: 1) Col. Deepak Rampal, Veer Chakra: Col. Deepak Rampal, Veer Chakra is an infantry soldier with more than 35 years glorious service to the nation. During Kargil war of 1999 he led his team into attack of well entrenched Pakistan Army beyond 15000 feet in Himalayan region he suffered heavy casualties, yet for four days kept attacking and finally got victory over enemy soldiers. For his leadership, bravery determination and sacrifices he was awarded the gallantry award of "Veer Chakra" on 15th August 1999 by President of India.
2) Col. Om Prakash Mishra: He is a veteran Infantry Officer from 1987 batch from IMA, Dehradun. He has been inducted into Artillery Division of Indian Army. He is 2nd generation army officer, he has served in Sri Lanka in counter insurgency terrorist operations and was a peace keeper. He was an instrumental in direct gun Battle combat in J & K terrorist and served in extreme weather conditions including Kargil. He fought Kargil war by encircling Tiger Hill Post with 8 Sikh soldiers and occupied the enemy post, during the operation he has been positioned as authorised observation Post officer. For his bravery and courage he has been awarded with "MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES", he is a Kargil hero presently serving in Indian Army.
3) Brig. J M Devadoss, Seva Medal: He is a veteran infantry Officer from 1974 batch. He was the first Officer to be commissioned in the Sikh regiment from Tamil Nadu. He had privileged to commanding two Infantry Battalions both in active operations; one in Jammu & Kashmir and second in operation PARAKARAM. He has also had the unique distinction of commanding the only amphibian brigade in India. He was the Tsunami Hero and awarded by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, then President of India with the medal and declared as HERO FROM HELL in the annual issue of OUTLOOK MAGAZINE January, 2006.
4) Brig Govind Sisodia, VSM (Retd.): He was involved in the operations against terrorism in Sri Lanka, Jammu & Kashmir and Mumbai terrorist attack on 26.11.2008. During the operation he was wounded twice. He was instrumental in capturing terrorist Ajmal Kasab. He has been awarded Vashist Seva Medal by Government of India.
5) Cdr. Abhilash Tommy, Kriti Chakra: Cdr. Abhilash Tommy, Kriti Chakra, Nausena Medal is an Indian Naval Officer who has become the first Indian to complete a solo nonstop circumnavigation of the world under sail in to 2013. He has awarded with Kriti Chakra on 2013 (2nd Officer in the Navy to be awarded with Kriti Chakra). He is a qualified maritime reconnaissance pilot. He has represented India in several International Events in sailing and featured as the only Asian entrant in the in the solo nonstop Golden Globe race. He became the first Indian, 2nd Asian and 79th Person to accomplish this feat.
6) Lt. Col Shvam Sunder Sharma, Shourva Chakra: His first posting was at Bihar regiment, he is a widely published poet and writer. A decorated and war wounded veteran who has been awarded with Shourya Chakra. A thoughtful poet whose poem and write-up were published in number of anthologies and magazines in India and abroad. He was a guest poet at Fermoy International Poetry festival at Ireland in August 2013 and the event coordinator of the Delhi Poetry festival 2014. A communication from the Member of Parliament Office, A&N Islands said here today.