The Real Story of Shershah Vikram Batra - The Hero that Dragged Pakistan Out

Captain Vikram Batra was an Indian Army officer who fought bravely in the 1999 Kargil War against Pakistani army troops and was awarded India's most prestigious award – The Param Vir Chakra. He sacrificed his life and performed like a real-life Hero in the field.

By Soha Habib Sep 16 2021 11:46AM 609 Read
Taking Inspiration from Real War Hero Vikram Batra’s Life – Courage & Sacrifice

Captain Vikram Batra was an Indian Army and an officer who was awarded India's most prestigious award – The Param Vir Chakra. He is referred to as the SherShah and is also remembered by many names such as the "Tiger of Drass", the "Lion of Kargil" and the "Kargil Hero". This article briefs about how Vikram Batra chose to sacrifice his life to save his beloved country.

Proud Fact : Captain Vikram Batra was awarded the Param Vir Chakra on 15th August 1999 for his exemplary performance at Kargil War.

Vikram Batra - Statistics

  • Full Name : Vikram Batra
  • Date of Birth : 9th September 1974
  • Date of Death : 7th July 1999
  • Nationality : Indian
  • Place of Birth : Palampur, Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh
  • Place of Death : Kargil, Jammu, and Kashmir, India
  • Served as : Indian army
  • Parents : Girdhari Lal Bahadur and Kamal Kant
  • Service : 1997- 1999
  • Age of Death : 24

Vikram Batra - Early Life

Vikram Batra was in Palampur, Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh on 9th September 1974. He was immensely patriotic from a very young age. He was an all-rounder student in his school days. He was great in sports and also took part in various other curriculum activities. In the Early days, he had played tennis at a national level and achieved a green belt in karate. Having a patriotic heart from a very young age he was always interested to join the Indian Army.

Fun Fact : - Vikram Batra used his famous slogan "Dil Mange More" for communicating during the war.

Vikram Batra - Family

Vikram Batra belonged to a Khatri family. His father was Girdhari Lal Bahadur who was a school principal and his mother Kamal Kant was a school teacher. He had two sisters and a twin who was 14 minutes younger than him.

He pursued his secondary education from Central School at Palampur and later pursued BSc Medical Sciences from DAV College which is in Chandigarh. He joined the National Cadet Corps in the first year of his college. In the year 1955, he completed his bachelor's degree from the Punjab University in Chandigarh and enrolled in his MA course. After passing his CDS exams in the year 1996, he proceeded and got selected at the Services Selection Board

Vikram & Dimple Cheema Love : - Vikram Batra met a girl name Dimple Cheema whom he loved dearly. He even had slashed his finger with a blade to use it as a sindoor. Unfortunately, a cruel role took place but Dimple chose not to marry anyone.

Vikram Batra - Military Career

On the year 1996 Vikram Batra joined The Indian Military academy at Dehradun.

  • He graduated from IMA on 6th December 1997 after his 19th-month training.
  • He was commissioned as the lieutenant into 13 the battalion, Jammu and Kashmir riffles.
  • He was late posted to Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • After training for the Young Officer's course, he was awarded alpha grading.
  • In January 1999, Batra attended the Commando Course at Karnataka
  • After serving as a lieutenant Batra was given the rank of Captain.

Vikram Batra’s Battles

  • Kargil War
  • Operation Vijay
  • Battle of Point 5140
  • Battle of Point 4875

Vikram Batra - Movies

  • A Hindi Film was LOC Kargil was made in the year 2003 in which the role of Vikram Batra was played by Abhishek Bachchan
  • In the year 2021, a Hindi biopic named Shershah was released where the role of Vikram Batra is played by Siddharth Malhotra and the role of Dimple Cheema is played by Kiara Advani

Vikram Batra - Legacy

  • A memorial statue for Vikram Batra has been placed in his former college DAV College, Chandigarh
  • He had a famous slogan called "Dil Mange More"
  • Several landmarks have been named after him for his honor.
  • Point 4875 has been named as the Batra top
  • A statue of Vikram Batra is made at National War Memorial, Delhi
  • A mess has been named as the Vikram Batra Mess in Indian Military Academy
  • A residential place in Jabalpur is named "Captain Vikram Batra Enclave "for his honor
  • A residential area is named Vikram Batra Vihar in Siliguri, West Bengal
  • A government college in Palampur is reamed as Shaheed Vikram Batra Government College.
  • The state of art shooting range in Punjab University was dedicated in honor of Captain Vikram Batra. He was a former student in the Punjab University, Chandigarh
  • A place in Delhi was renamed Shaheed Vikram Batra Chowk in Delhi in honor of Captain Vikram Batra

Vikram Batra - Awards

Captain Vikram Batra was awarded the Param Vir Chakra on 15th August 1999. The Param Vir Chakra award is the most prestigious award which was awarded to him for his bravery during the Kargil War 1999.

However, the award was received by Girdhari Lal Bahadur in the honor of his demised son Captain Vikram Batra. The award was offered by the late president of India K.R. Narayan

Vikram Batra - Death

Vikram Batra died on the year 1999 at the age of 24 during the Kargil War when he was fighting the Pakistani forces.

He was a real-life hero who made an extraordinary sacrifice during the capturing of Point 4875 during the Kargil War. On 26th July Kargil Vijay Divas is celebrated in India in honor of all the Kargil war heroes and also for the victory over Pakistani troops in 1999.

Vikram Batra - An Extraordinary Legend Remembered Forever

The fearless Vikram Batra sacrificed his life for his country during the Kargil war. He did at the young age of 24. His bravery and his actions during the war were remarkable. "I'll either come back after raising the Indian flag in victory or return wrapped in it, but I will come for sure" - the last words of Captain Vikram Batra. He is an extraordinary legend who is an inspiration to many.

Soha Habib
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With over a decade of writing obituaries for the local paper, I have a uniquely wry voice that shines through the newest collection of essays on the importance we place on a legacy. I see myself in the top management in some marketing/advertising firm. BTW, my primary domain is Humanities & I also like geography, exploring, travelling, & food.

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