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PM Modi Names 21 Unnamed Andaman And Nicobar Islands After Param Vir Chakra Recipients

These islands have been named after the 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees including Major Somnath Sharma, Nayak Jadunath Singh, Company Havildar Major Piru Singh, Lance Naik Albert Ekka, Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran, Captain Vikram Batra, and Lt Manoj Kumar Pandey.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi named the 21 largest unnamed islands of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands after the 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees on Parakram Diwas.

These islands have been named after the 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees including Major Somnath Sharma, Nayak Jadunath Singh, Company Havildar Major Piru Singh, Lance Naik Albert Ekka, Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran, Captain Vikram Batra, and Lt Manoj Kumar Pandey.

Also Read: 21 Param Vir Chakra Awardees Every Indian Should Know

Why Parakram Diwas is celebrated?

The government declared January 23rd as Parakram Diwas to commemorate Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birthday. The first Param Vir Chakra awardee will be named after the largest unnamed island, the second after the second Param Vir Chakra awardee, and so on.

This step will be an everlasting tribute to the country’s heroes, who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the nation.

During the program, Mr. Modi will also unveil the model of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep National Memorial.

Mr. Modi renamed Ross Islands Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep in 2018 to honor Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s memory and the historical significance of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Neil Island and Havelock Island were renamed Shaheed Dweep and Swaraj Dweep, respectively.

Complete List of Param Vir Chakra Awardees

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

All About Param Vir Chakra

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 valor in the presence of the enemy. Introduced on 26th January 1950, this award may be given posthumously.

Also read: Wartime And Peacetime Gallantry Awards [Full List]

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.

All About A&N Islands

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are an Indian union territory comprised of 572 islands, 37 of which are inhabited, located at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. [4] The territory is located approximately 150 kilometers north of Aceh, Indonesia, and is separated from Thailand and Myanmar by the Andaman Sea. The Andaman Islands (partly) and the Nicobar Islands are separated by the 150 km (100 miles) wide Ten Degree Channel, with the Andaman Islands to the north and the Nicobar Islands to the south. To the east is the Andaman Sea, and to the west is the Bay of Bengal. The Arakan Mountains are thought to be a submerged extension of the island chains.

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