New Delhi: While government of India decides to boycott the SAARC summit to be held in Pakistan in November and also mulling possibilities to scrap the Indus Water Treaty as measures to contain Pakistan, the country has no dearth of those who seek full scale war to settle Pakistan issue once and for all.
Although India is known for its restraint and has been practising it ever since the partition, but call for war post the Uri attack have gained ground especially from war veterans who have fought against Pakistan in previous four wars.
One such soldiers is Digendra Singh Sikar, the Kargil hero who was awarded with Mahavir Chakra by President post the Kargil war.
“We never wanted war. We never started it. But Pakistan isn’t among those who understand the language of peace. If war happens, I will again go to my battalion and ask for permission to fight under Indian Flag. Even if they don’t allow me to fight, I can be handy in saving lives of injured soldiers,” Digendra Singh Sikar, a former Commando of Rajputana Riffles was quoted in Rajastan Patrika recently.
Digendra had retired in 2005 after a glorious career of 20 years with Indian Army during which he became part of several operation including Operation Pawan against LTTE in Sri Lanka where he single handedly killed over a 40 LTTE militants.
Digendra was born in a Jat Family of Shivdan Singh Paraswal in the village of Jhalara, Sikar , Rajastan in 1969. His father Shivdan Singh also served in army and fought against Pakistan in 1947 Kashmir conflict. Digendra joined Indian Army in 1985 and after training straightaway inducted into Indian Peace Keeping Force to fight against LTTE.
Amid names like Capatain Vikram Batra, and Naik Yogendra Singh Yadav, the names of many heroes who taught Pakistan a lesson in Kargil remained unsung and Digendra is also one of them.
ON June 13, Major Vivek Gupta, of the 2nd Battalion of the Rajputana Rifles and his company were given the task of recapturing Point 4590 on Tololing Hill in the Dras sector. The objective was to capture the enemy post, located at high altitude of 15,000 feet.
Under the command of Major Gupta, Digendra commanded the Light Machine Gun Group during his company’s assault. Pakistanis had made 11 bunkers on the Tololing hilltop and Kumar was ordered to target the first and the last bunker.
While getting closer to the objective, the Assault Group came under enemy fire and took casualties. Many soldiers including the commander Major Vivek Gupta himself got martyred, but Kumar kept on firing with his light machine gun despite being hit by bullet in his left arm.
His assault on the bankers provided the remaining Indian soldiers opportunity to physically assault the enemy positions and clear the area after a hand-to-hand fight.
In total, Digendra killed 48 Pakistani soldeirs and infiltrators including a Major whom he reportedly beheaded with his bayonet while taking 18 bullets on his armour of which five he took on his body. President of India later awarded him with Mahavir Chakra.