Introduction of Jaswant Singh Rawat
Jaswant Singh Rawat was a resident of Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. He was born on August 19, 1941. His father was Guman Singh Rawat. At the time he was martyred, he was in the rank of Rifleman and was serving in the 4th Battalion of Garhwal Rifles. He played an important role in the Battle of Nurarang of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh during the 1962 Indo-China War.
India-China War of 1962
In the Indo-China War of 1962, the whole country will now see the valor of the martyred Indian soldier Jaswant Singh Rawat, who took fought the huge Chinese army on the border alone for 72 hours. His film ‘72 Hours: Martyr Who Never Died‘ is released nationwide on 18 January. This Mahavir warrior not only kept the Chinese soldiers away for 72 hours after being hungry and thirsty, but also killed 300 enemy soldiers alone. On this occasion, let us know about the amazing story of this brave man who saved the country from China.
Jaswant Singh Rawat was born on 19 August 1941 in Badayun in Pauri-Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. The patriotism in him was such that he went to join the army at the age of 17. But he was not taken due to his young age. However, on 19 August 1960, Jaswant was inducted into the army as a rifle man. On September 14, 1961, his training was completed. A year later, on November 17, 1962, the Chinese army attacked Arunachal Pradesh with the aim of capturing it.
During this period, a company of a battalion of the army was deployed for the safety of the Nuranang Bridge, which also included Jaswant Singh Rawat. As the Chinese army continued to dominate, the Indian Army withdrew the 4th Battalion of the Garhwal Unit. But Jaswant Singh, Lance Naik Triloki Singh Negi and Gopal Gusai did not return. These three soldiers wanted to liberate the Chinese machine gun firing from a bunker.
The three soldiers, hiding in rocks and bushes, escaped from heavy firing and went close to the Chinese army bunker and threw hand grenades from a distance of only 15 yards and killed several soldiers of the enemy army and snatched the machine guns. This changed the direction of the whole battle and China’s dream of conquering Arunachal Pradesh could not be fulfilled.
However, Triloki and Gopal were killed in this shootout. At the same time, Jaswant was surrounded by the enemy army and beheaded. After this, on 20 November 1962, China declared a ceasefire. According to the report, 300 Chinese soldiers were killed in these three days.
Jaswant Singh Rawat soul still lives today
Locals and soldiers believe that the soul of Jaswant Singh Rawat is still protecting the eastern border of India. A large memorial named Jaswantgarh has been built in his name in Nuranang. Every item of martyrdom has been kept here.
– The shoes of the martyr who has been martyred for the sake of the country, are polished here daily and the clothes worn are pressed. Five Jawans of the Sikh Regiment have been deployed for this work. Not only this, the first plate of morning and night is served in front of Jaswant’s statue. It is said that in the morning, when the sheets and other clothes are seen, there are wrinkles in them. At the same time, despite the polish, the shoes become discolored.
The honor (Jaswant Singh Rawat)
The outpost at which Jaswant Singh fought the last battle has now been named Jaswantgarh and a temple has been built in his memory there. The things related to them in the temple are still preserved today. Five soldiers have been deployed to oversee their rooms. Those five soldiers bed them at night, press uniforms and even polish their shoes. The soldiers put a bed tea for them at 4.30 in the morning, breakfast at 9 and food at 7 in the evening.
Promotion and leave even after death
He get promotion even after death. He has become a Major General by promotion to the rank of Rifleman. On his behalf, the people of his home apply for leave and on being discharged, the army personnel take his portrait with full military honors to his ancestral village. At the end of the holiday, his portrait is taken back to Jaswant Garh.
Still protect the border
Army soldiers believe that Jaswant Singh’s soul still protects the outpost. They says that he also guides Indian soldiers. If a soldier falls asleep while on duty, he wakes them up. He is not martyred in front of his name and it is believed that he is on duty.