An Indian army officer, Captain Vikram Batra was a man of valor and courage. Vikram was born on September 9, 1978, in Ghuggar village near Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. He led one of the most difficult mountain operations in Indian military history. In 1999, Vikram successfully captured Point 5140 at the Kargil war.
Vikram was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, which is India’s highest and most prestigious award for his leadership and supreme sacrifice. He was referred to as ‘Sher Shah’ (lion king) during the time when India intercepted the internal messages of the Pakistani Army. In 2021, a movie was released starring Siddharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani showcasing Vikram’s journey.
Vikram Batra Biography
|Years of Service||1996-1999|
|Unit||13 JAK RIF|
|Birth Place||Palampur, Himachal Pradesh|
|Father||Girdhari Lal Batra|
|Mother||Kamal Kanta Batra|
|Sibling||Vishal (Twin Brother), Seema, and Nutan (Sisters)|
Vikram Batra Early Life
- Captain Vikram Batra was born in a small town in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh.
- Vikram Batra’s parents are teachers by profession.
- Vikram was the third child of his parents.
Vikram Batra Education
- Vikram attained his primary education from his mother.
- He was a brilliant student and a great sportsperson who represented his school at the National level during the ‘Youth Parliamentary Competitions’.
- Apart from academics, Vikram also mastered Karate and won a Green Belt at a National level camp in Manali.
- Vikram also served as the president of the ‘Youth Service Club’ in his college.
- In 1992, Vikram passed his board examination with 82 percent marks.
- In 1994, he was selected to represent his college in the Republic Day Parade as NCC Cadet.
- In 1995, he completed his bachelor’s degree and enrolled himself in Punjab University Chandigarh to pursue MA in English.
Vikram Batra Career
- While studying at the DAV College in Chandigarh, Vikram joined the Air Wing of the National Cadet Corps (NCC), and he received the best NCC Air Wing Cadet of Punjab Directorate in North Zone.
- In 1996, Vikram passed CDS Examination and he was selected in the Service Selection Board (SSB) at Allahabad.
- After one year, he joined Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun.
- In June 1996, Vikram joined Makekshaw Battalion at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun.
- In January 1999, Vikram Batra was sent on a Commando Course in Karnataka, in which he excelled.
- Then, Vikram was commissioned into the 13th Battalion of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles (13 LAK Rif).
- Vikram’s first posting was at Sopore in Baramulla District of Jammu and Kashmir.
- Vikram was promoted to the rank of Captain after he successfully captured Point 5140 at the Kargil war.
Vikram Batra Achievements
- Vikram Batra was awarded Param Vir Chakra, which is India’s highest military honor.
- Several landmarks have been named after him as an honor.
On his 21st death anniversary, the Indian Army paid tribute to Vikram in a video posted on its social media account.
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