The well-known think-tank SUVICHAR of Chandigarh, founded by Gen V P Malik, PVSM, AVSM (Retd), former Chief of Army Staff, Mr Vivek Atray, former IAS officer, and other like-minded eminent citizens of Tricity, will commemorate Rezang La Day at 10:30 AM on 18 November 2023 at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48 B, Chandigarh.
Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Punjab and Administrator of Union Territory Chandigarh, will be the Chief Guest. Many senior officers from the administration, police, armed forces, and judiciary have been invited to the event.
Col D S Cheema (Retd), Convener, while addressing the media today, said, “Rezang La was a battle that set an exceptional example of raw courage, steel nerves, gut, valor, and the glory of our great army, considered the best in the world. I take pride in saluting the 104 soldiers of Charlie Company of Ahirs who fought the Chinese against all odds and were martyred protecting their motherland. Major Shaitan Singh, Param Vir Chakra, was a great son of India who showed utmost courage in the face of the enemy and made the Supreme sacrifice for the honor of his motherland.”
“We are fortunate that the three Param Vir Chakra awardees, Hony Capt Bana Singh (Retd), Hony Capt Yogendra Singh Yadav (Retd), and Sub-Maj Sanjay Kumar, will honor the Rezang La Day commemoration event with their presence. Perhaps, this will be the first event of its kind where the three living legends will be together on the same platform,” he said.
Echoes of Valor
The event will include the screening of a film on Rezang La prepared by the Ministry of Defense. Meanwhile, NCC cadets and other students will have the opportunity to speak to the Param Veer Chakra awardees. Major D.P. Singh, a retired officer of the Indian Army and a Kargil War veteran, known as India’s first blade runner, will also be present on the occasion.
“Great nations never forget their heroes, and India has the tradition of respecting the sacrifices made by the armed forces. Our armed forces are classic examples of devotion to duty, moral professionalism, and love for the motherland. Every Indian rightly takes pride in them, and a grateful nation owes a debt of gratitude to them,” he concluded.