One of the greatest war heroes of post-independent India, Lt Col Hoshiar Singh, was remembered on Tuesday at Jaipur. The hero of the battle of Basantar in the 1971 war against Pakistan and who was awarded the country’s biggest bravery and valour award Param Vir Chakra was honoured by naming a road after him.
Jaipur’s famous Queen’s Road was renamed as ‘Hoshiar Singh Marg’ and a bust of the war hero was unveiled by Lieutenant General Alok Kler, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command in a military ceremony.
The event was organised as part of ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ celebrations, which is being observed nationwide on the occasion of 50 years of the glorious victory of the Indian Armed Forces over Pakistan in the historic 1971 Indo-Pak War.
Dhanno Devi, the widow of late Lt Col Hoshiar Singh, was also present on the occasion of the unveiling of the memorial and offered floral tributes. Several senior Army Officers were also present to witness the solemn event, which was organised at the Vijay Dwar Military Complex in Jaipur. The majestic memorial and the newly named road are a humble tribute to the Indian Army’s sacrifices by a grateful nation.
About Late Lt Col Hoshiar Singh
Late Lt Col Hoshiar Singh, was commissioned in 3 GRENADIERS in June 1963 and earned the highest gallantry award of the nation at the famous Battle of Jarpal, across the Basantar River wherein Jarpal, (a border town in Pakistan) was captured against overwhelming odds.
Under the gallant leadership of Colonel (then Major) Hoshiar Singh, multiple enemy counter attacks were repelled by his rifle company. The fearless officer refused to be evacuated despite having sustained grievous injuries. While leading by example from the front, his astute stewardship witnessed multiple instances of bravery and fortitude amongst the men he commanded.
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