Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey is one of India’s greatest bravehearts who displayed exceptional bravery during the Kargil conflict with Pakistan defending the motherland by evicting the sly intruding Pakistan Army disguised as “non state actors” aka jihadi terrorists. He was bestowed the highest military gallantry awards the Param Vir Chakra. Even more than 22 years after the Kargil conflict, the story of his unparalleled courage and stellar personality continues to inspire several new generation of soldiers and students.
Captain Pandey belonged to the Gorkha Rifles regiment and when Pakistani soldiers occupied the Kargil Hills in the year 1999 he was ordered to wrest the strategic peak of Jubar Top from the Pakistani invaders. The fight to free the Jubar Top led to a fierce hand-to-hand combat between the Indian jawans and enemy front. Captain Pandey led his team from the front with extreme audacity and ferocity. Despite being injured, he continued to fight fearlessly till he was fatally injured due to a grenade blast and succumbed to death becoming an immortal ideal for all Indians to look up to.
Jamboo Talks gives a detailed account of the Kargil martyr’s life as a child and student at the NDA.
It is said that Cpt. Manoj Pandey when asked why he wants to join the army replied saying, “To get the Param Vir Chakra award”. It is notable here that Param Vir Chakra is a rare and most coveted award generally bestowed posthumously on the best soldier for exceptional bravery.