In India, where every mother prepares her son to serve the motherland heroically, Major Shaitan Singh does outshine others. Awarded with highest wartime valor, medal Param Vir Chakra, Major Shaitan Singh is and always be remembered as one of the most courageous sons of Mother India.
Born on December 1, 1924 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Singh inherited his father’s gallantry and bravery. The soldier-son from the lands of Maharajas served the Indian Army as a Major of the 13th Battalion the Kumaon Regiment and bravely led the troop during the 1962 Indo-China War.
Let’s turn around a few more pages, and take a look at the reasons why Major Shaitan Singh was a remarkable Badass-
6. Directed the 13th Battalion the Kumaon Regiment, the Oldest Regiment in India
The brave Rajput warrior from Rajasthan was commissioned in the Kumaon Regiment on 1st August 1949 and it was his valiant personality that made him the Major of the Battalion for the 1962 Indo-China War. With a serving period of nearly two hundred years, Kumaon Regiment is one of the oldest regiments of India. Know for their services to the Nizams of Hyderabad, the Battalion has glorious past records; Major Shaitan Singh is among legendry warrior names of the battalion that went on to make the nation proud with their gallantry.
5. Major Shaitan Singh Battled in the World’s Toughest Combat Zones in Rezang La
It was the Indo-China conflict of 1962 when Major Shaitan Singh led the 13th Kumaon regiment to the Chushal Sector of the battlefield at Rezang La. Considered as the toughest combat zones in world, Rezang La is situated at a height of 5000 meters above sea level where mere breathing thing can develop as a big challenge. The sector served as central location for the battle and because of an all weather landing strip, the area was protected by three army troops. Among them was the brave Major Shaitan Singh who moved from one troop to another ignoring the intense firing and shelling from the Chinese army.
4. Major Shaitan Singh’s Strong Show against the Chinese Troops
The morning of 18th November 1962 witnessed one of the most blood-spattering conflicts as the Chinese Army trapped the Indian troops in their preplanned areas. However, the daring troops led by the gallantry Major Shaitan Singh declined to surrender and preferred advancing against the rain of rifles, light machine guns, grenades and mortars. Being attacked from both the ends by Chinese army, Major directed the troops to fight like brave soldiers of India and slaughter the enemies like demons. With his classy directions and encouragements, the Indian troops outnumbered the flowing Chinese army and stood out the severe bombardment for hours.
3. Major Fearlessly Served the Nation To The Last Breath –
“When the going gets tough, the tough gets going”, is a beautiful phrase that personifies the courageous leadership of Major Shaitan Singh rightly. Standing tall and brave, Major led the troops marvelously and neglected his personal safety so that the regiment stood strong against the Chinese attack. However, in his moves from one troop to another, Major got seriously wounded by the Chinese spinners, but he didn’t stop until he could barely move a creep. Major was then evacuated to safety by two of his companions, but the Chinese noticed the aid and showered bullets from machine gun on them. Sensing the danger from the gun fires, major ordered the comrades to leave him and fight out there for their lives.
2. He Dreamt to Die Serving the Nation And He Did So
Die serving the mother land – a dream that every cadet dreams. Sahid, is what the Indians call the brave soldiers who serve their lives to protect their motherland from enemies and Major Shaitan Singh was one of them. Similar to every soldier in Indian Army, Major too dreamt about serving his nation until his very last breath. When the comrades safely positioned wounded Major behind a boulder on the slopes of a hill, he breathed his last with weapons in his hands and made his dream a joyful reality.
1. Honored with highest wartime valor medal Param Vir Chakra
Among the 109 Kumaoni shahids, Major Shaitan Singh’s body was recovered from the same place his fellowmen had positioned him. The body was then cremated with full military honors in his home town Jodhpur. Major was later awarded with the highest wartime gallantry medal Param Vir Chakra for his exceptional leadership and patriotism. The citation for the Param Vir Chakra awarded to him narrators how Major commanded the regiment in an isolated sector at a height of about 17,000 feet against the heavy attacks from the enemy. However, major showed his dominance and moved at great personal risk and sustaining the morale of his hard-pressed platoon posts. Even when Major Shaitan Singh fell disabled, it was his leadership and commendable devotion that inspired the troop to fight almost to the last man.