Military Awards or Gallantry Awards are those awards that are presented for exceptional bravery, valor, and distinguished service. They are awarded during the war as well as peace. Here in this article, we will know about the Gallantry Awardees who are alumni of NDA.
After the Independence of India, the first three gallantry awards- Param Vir Chakra, Maha Vir Chakra, and Vir Chakra came into existence on 26th January 1950, effective from the 15th August 1947.
Thereafter, other three gallantry awards:
- Ashoka Chakra Class-I, Ashoka Chakra Class-II, and Ashoka Chakra Class-III were created on 4th January 1952.
- Later these were named Ashoka Chakra, Kirti Chakra, and Shaurya Chakra respectively in January 1967.
Image Shows Total Number of Gallantry Awards
Param Vir Chakra Awardees from NDA
- Param Vir Chakra is the highest wartime gallantry award of India
- 3 NDA officers have posthumously received the Param Vir Chakra.
- All three were from the Indian Army.
Gurbachan Singh Salaria
|3/1 Gorkha Rifles||1961|
|17 Poona Horse||1971|
Manoj Kumar Pandey
|1/11 Gorkha Rifles||1999|
Maha Vir Chakra Awardees from NDA
- Maha Vir Chakra is the second-highest wartime gallantry award of India
- There is 31 Maha Vir Chakra awardee from NDA
- Two from the Air Force, one from the Navy, and the remainder from the Indian Army.
- Squadron leader Padmanabha Gautam of the Indian Air Force is the only alumni of NDA to receive the award twice, in the years 1965 and 1971 (posthumously).
|Raj Mohan Vohra||Armoured Corps||1971|
|Hanut Singh||Armoured Corps||1971|
|Kulwant Singh Pannu||Infantry||1971|
|Narinder Singh Sandhu||Infantry||1971|
|Padmanabha Gautam||Indian Air Force||1965, 1971|
|Sushil Kumar Mathur||Artillery||1965|
|Sukhjit Singh||Armoured Corps||1971|
|Raj Kumar Singh||Infantry||1971|
|H. C. Pathak||Infantry||1971|
|Swaroop Krishna Kaul||Indian Air Force||1971|
|Ved Prakash Ghai||Infantry||1971|
|Ved Prakash Airy||Infantry||1972|
|Bhaskar Roy||Armoured Corps||1965|
|Daljit Singh Narang||Armoured Corps||1972|
|Santosh Kumar Gupta||Indian Navy||1971|
|Vijay Rattan Choudhry||Corps of Engineers||1971|
|Vijay Kumar Berry||Infantry||1971|
|Bhagwan Dutt Dogra||Infantry||1962|
|Amarjit Singh Bal||Armoured Corps||1971|
|Pradip Kumar Gour||Infantry||1971|
|Basdev Singh Mankotia||Infantry||1971|
|S. K. Gupta||Infantry||1971|
|Inder Bal Singh Bawa||Infantry||1971|
|Devinder Singh Ahlawat||Infantry||1971|
|Vivek Gupta||2 Rajputana||1999|
|Anuj Nayyar||17 Jat||1999|
|Gurjinder Singh Suri||12 Bihar||2001|
|Bikkumalla Santosh Babu||16 Bihar||2021|
Vir Chakra Awardees from NDA
- Vir Chakra is India's third-highest wartime award
- 160 alumni of NDA have been awarded the Vir Chakra.
- Of these, 96 are from the Indian Army, 13 from the Indian Navy, and 51 from the Indian Air Force.
- Notable recipients include Admiral Vijai Singh Shekhawat, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, and Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat & Lt Gen Yogesh Kumar Joshi, Admiral Laxmi Narayan Ramdas.
Peacetime award recipients
According to the data, there are 11 Ashok Chakras, 40 Kirti Chakras, and 135 Shaurya Chakras have been awarded to NDA officers.
Ashoka Chakra Awardees from NDA
- Ashoka Chakra is India's highest peacetime gallantry award
- Eleven NDA officers have received the Ashok Chakra
- One of them is from the Indian Air Force and rest are from the Indian Army
|Rakesh Sharma||Indian Air Force|
|Neelakantan Jayachandran Nair||16 Maratha Light Infantry|
|Sudhir Kumar Walia||9 Para (SF)|
|Arjun Singh Jasrotia||9 Para (SF)|
|Rajiv Kumar Joon||22 Grenadiers|
|Rakesh Singh||22 Grenadiers|
|Puneet Nath Datt||1/11 Gorkha Rifles|
|Mohit Sharma||1 Para (SF)|
|Dinesh Raghu Raman||Rashtriya Rifles|
|Sandeep Unnikrishnan||7 Bihar|
51 SAG (NSG)
|Radhakrishnan Nair Harshan||2 Para (SF)|
Kirti Chakra Awardees from NDA
- Its India's second-highest peacetime gallantry award
- 40 NDA alumni have received the Kirti Chakra.
- 7 are from the Indian Air Force and the remainder from the Indian Army.
Shaurya Chakra Awardees from NDA
- India's third-highest peacetime gallantry award
- A total of 135 NDA officers have received the Shaurya Chakra.
- 89 are from the Indian Army, 18 from the Indian Navy, and 28 from the Indian Air Force.
- Major Rajiv Kumar Joon is the recipient of Shaurya Chakra, who is also an Ashok Chakra recipient.
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