Armed Forces Heroes

Rameshwar Dayal: A Martyr of INS Khukhri 1971

Editor's note: This is an effort to remember the crew members of the INS Khukri. On 9 December 1971, the INS Khukri sank after it was torpedoed by a Pakistani submarine. The names of the 176 sailors and 18 officers who died are recorded below; there were 67 survivors.

We invite their family members, friends, colleagues and others who knew them to send us their recollections about the martyrs. There will be a separate page for each person of the 194 INS Khukri martyrs. Please send all materials to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This is an ongoing effort, and information will be added as it becomes available to us.

This page is for Rameshwar Dayal.

So far, we have not received any information about him.

Major Rama Raghoba Rane - Param Vir Chakra Awardee (Number 3)

The Param Vir Chakra is India's highest military decoration for acts of conspicuous gallantry in the presence of the enemy.

We welcome additional materials about Major Rama Raghoba Rane - pre-Army, in-Army, post-Army - from relatives, friends, colleagues and other people who have relevant materials./p>

In the 1980s, Doordarshan commissioned Chetan Anand, a well-known film director, to produce TV episodes (in Hindi) on Param Vir Chakra awardees. The episode on Major Rane is available here.

We also welcome similar materials - for separate stories - about other heroes and martyrs of the Indian Armed Forces, provided the time of the event was at least 30 years ago. Our contact is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Naik Jadunath Singh – Param Vir Chakra Awardee (Number 2)

Editor's note: The Param Vir Chakra is India's highest military decoration for acts of conspicuous gallantry in the presence of the enemy.

We welcome additional materials about Naik Jadunath Singh - pre-Army, in-Army - from relatives, friends, colleagues and other people who have relevant materials.

We also welcome similar materials - for separate stories - about other heroes and martyrs of the Indian Armed Forces, provided the time of the event was at least 30 years ago. Our contact is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Major Somnath Sharma – First Param Vir Chakra Awardee

Editor's note: The Param Vir Chakra is India's highest military decoration for acts of conspicuous gallantry in the presence of the enemy.

We welcome additional materials about Major Sharma - pre-Army, in-Army - from relatives, friends, colleagues and other people who have relevant materials.

We also welcome similar materials - for separate stories - about other heroes and martyrs of the Indian Armed Forces, provided the time of the event was at least 30 years ago. Our contact is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Brigadier Raghubir Singh – Maha Vir Chakra

Divij Sharma studied at Mayo College, Ajmer, St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and got his MBA from MICA, Ahmedabad. After working as an Investment Banker with a leading Indian International Bank  headquartered in Mumbai, he returned to Jaipur, Rajasthan, his home town. He is now an active part of Rajasthan's oldest daily newspaper,  Rashtradoot, which has become the first Hindi-English newspaper in the world. This trend setting initiative has made Rashtradoot the first brand from Rajasthan to be nominated at the prestigious ABBY Award 2016. Also, Rashtradoot was also the only Newspaper to be a finalist in the category "Brand Innovation" from North India for this endeavour.

Editor's note: The Maha Vir Chakra is the second highest military decoration in India, after the Param Vir Chakra, and is awarded for acts of conspicuous gallantry in the presence of the enemy.
This is an adapted version of a story that appeared in Rashtradoot, a Rajasthan newspaper, and is reproduced with permission. The story has been facilitated by Sangram Singh, son of Raghubir Singh, and Subhash Mathur, both of whom were students of St. Xavier's school, Jaipur.
We welcome additional materials about Brigadier Singh - pre-Army, in-Army, and post-Army times - from relatives, friends, colleagues and other people who know him. We also welcome similar materials - for their own stories - about other heroes and martyrs of the Indian Armed Forces, provided the time of the event is at least 30 years ago. Our contact is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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