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List of 21 Param Vir Chakra Awardees Who Will Motivate You

Param Vir Chakra translates as the “Wheel of the Ultimate Brave”, and the award is granted for “most conspicuous bravery in the presence of the enemy”. As of January 2018, the medal has been awarded 21 times, of which 14 were posthumous and 16 arose from actions in Indo-Pakistani conflicts.

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Param Vir Chakra (PVC) is the highest gallantry award for officers and other enlisted personnel of all military branches of India for the highest degree of valour in the presence of the enemy. Introduced on 26th January 1950, this award may be given posthumously.

If any recipient of the PVC shall again perform such an act of bravery as would have made him or her eligible to be recorded by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the Chakra is suspended, and for every such additional act of bravery, an additional Bar shall be added, and any such Bar or Bars may also be awarded posthumously. For every Bar awarded a replica of the ‘Indra’s Vajra’ in miniature shall be added to the riband when worn alone.

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Literally, Param Vir Chakra means ‘Wheel of the Ultimate Brave’. In Sanskrit, ‘Param means Ultimate, ‘Vir (Pronounced veer) means Brave and ‘Chakra means Wheel.

The PVC is the equivalent award of the Medal of Honour in the United States, and the Victoria Cross in the United Kingdom.

Paramvir Chakra of Naib Subedar Bana Singh

One amongst the luminous recipients of this honour was Flying Officer Nirmal Jiit Singh Sekhon, who was awarded the Param Vir Chakra posthumously in the year 1971. He is the lone Indian Air Force officer to have been honoured with the Param Vir Chakra till date.

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Param Vir Chakra translates as the “Wheel of the Ultimate Brave”, and the award is granted for “most conspicuous bravery in the presence of the enemy”. As of January 2018, the medal has been awarded 21 times, of which 14 were posthumous and 16 arose from actions in Indo-Pakistani conflicts. Of the 21 awardees, 20 have been from the Indian Army, and one has been from the Indian Air Force. Major Somnath Sharma, was the first recipient. A number of state governments of India as well as ministries of the central government provide allowances and rewards to recipients of the PVC (or their family members in case of the recipient’s death). Only 21 military personnel have received this award to date

NameRank**UnitDate of actionConflict
Somnath SharmaMajorKumaon Regiment3 November 1947*Battle of Badgam
Jadunath SinghNaikRajput Regiment6 February 1948*Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
Rama Raghoba RaneSecond LieutenantBombay Sappers8 April 1948Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
Piru SinghCompany Havildar MajorRajputana Rifles17 July 1948*Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
Karam SinghLance NaikSikh Regiment13 October 1948Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
Gurbachan Singh SalariaCaptain1 Gorkha Rifles[d]5 December 1961*Congo Crisis
Dhan Singh ThapaMajor8 Gorkha Rifles20 October 1962Sino-Indian War
Joginder SinghSubedarSikh Regiment23 October 1962*Sino-Indian War
Shaitan SinghMajorKumaon Regiment18 November 1962*Sino-Indian War
Abdul HamidCompany Quarter Master HavildarThe Grenadiers10 September 1965*Battle of Asal Uttar
Ardeshir TaraporeLieutenant ColonelPoona Horse11 September 1965*Battle of Chawinda
Albert EkkaLance NaikBrigade of the Guards3 December 1971*Battle of Hilli
Nirmal Jit Singh SekhonFlying OfficerNo. 18 Squadron IAF14 December 1971*Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Arun KhetarpalSecond LieutenantPoona Horse16 December 1971*Battle of Basantar
Hoshiar Singh DahiyaMajorThe Grenadiers17 December 1971Battle of Basantar
Bana SinghNaib SubedarJammu and Kashmir Light Infantry23 May 1987Operation Rajiv
Ramaswamy ParameshwaranMajorMahar Regiment[e]25 November 1987*Operation Pawan
Manoj Kumar PandeyLieutenant11 Gorkha Rifles3 July 1999*Operation Vijay
Yogendra Singh YadavGrenadierThe Grenadiers4 July 1999Battle of Tiger Hill
Sanjay KumarRiflemanJammu and Kashmir Rifles5 July 1999Kargil War
Vikram BatraCaptainJammu and Kashmir Rifles5 July 1999*Operation Vijay

This along with the * indicates that the Param Vir Chakra was awarded posthumously. ** Rank refers to the rank held at the time of the award.

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