- On November 17, 1962, Chinese soldiers surrounded Jaswant Singh and attacked
- Jaswant Singh Rawat was born on August 19, 1941 in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand.
- Jaswant Singh Rawat did not shoot himself but was hanged by Chinese soldiers.
Jaswant Singh Rawat, an ‘immortal’ soldier of the Indian Army, is still on duty even after being martyred in 1962. At the time of his martyrdom, he was a rifleman in the Indian Army, but now he has reached the rank of Major General after getting promotion. Even after being martyred, he is promoted in the Indian Army and gets leave to go home. On his behalf, the people of his house apply for leave and on being discharged, the army personnel take his picture with full military honors to his native village. At the end of the holiday, his portrait is taken back to Jaswant Garh i.e. Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.
The post where Jaswant Singh fought the last battle has now been named Jaswantgarh and a temple has been built there in his memory. Even today things related to them have been kept safe in the temple. Five soldiers have been deployed to look after his room. Army personnel still believe that Jaswant Singh’s spirit guards the post. Those people say that he also guides Indian soldiers. If a soldier falls asleep while on duty, he wakes them up. Shaheed is not prefixed to his name and it is assumed that he is on duty.
A wreath-laying ceremony of Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat, who was martyred in the 1962 Sino-India War, was held this morning at the Jaswant Garh War Memorial in Tawang. Rifleman Rawat was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his gallantry during the 1962 war.
Arunachal Pradesh | Wreath laying ceremony of rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat who was martyred in 1962 Sino-India war was held at Jaswantgarh, this afternoon.
Rifleman Rawat was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra posthumously for his gallantry during the 1962 war. pic.twitter.com/T32kKN99by
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Indian Army’s ‘Immortal’ soldier Jaswant Singh Rawat is no longer in this world, yet he is performing duty on the Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. According to the rules of the army, they are given tea at 4.30 in the morning, breakfast at 9 o’clock and food in the evening. Every facility available to the soldiers and officers of the army is being given to them. In such a situation, the question arises that what did Jaswant Singh Rawat do that till date the Indian Army is thanking him. After six months of someone’s death, the family members also forget him but why does the Indian Army give so much respect to Jaswant Singh Rawat?
Actually Jaswant Singh Rawat is the past, present and future of the bravery of the Indian Army. Indian Army presents an ideal of both army and jawan in front of its soldiers through Jaswant Singh Rawat. You will be surprised to know that during the Indo-China war in 1962, Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat fought the Chinese soldiers for 72 hours alone and killed more than 300 Chinese soldiers. That’s why they get so much respect.
Ancestral Village and Family 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 of his martyrdom, he was in the rank of Rifleman and was serving in the 4th Battalion of the Garhwal Rifles. He played an important role in the Battle of Noorang in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh during the Indo-China War of 1962.
Role in the Indo-China War of 1962
The Indo-China war of 1962 was in the final stage. The Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh, spread over an area of about 1000 km at an altitude of 14,000 feet, became the battlefield. This area is known for freezing cold and inhospitable rocky terrain . Chinese soldiers had reached beyond Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. The Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army was taking on the Chinese soldiers. The Garhwal Rifles was the battalion of Jaswant Singh. In the middle of the battle, the battalion was withdrawn citing lack of resources and personnel. But Jaswant Singh decided to stay there and fight the Chinese soldiers.
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According to local legends, he built a firing ground with the help of Nura and Sela, two girls from the Monpa tribe of Arunachal Pradesh and placed machine guns and tanks at three places. The Indian army is in large numbers and is attacking from all three places. Along with Nura and Sela, Jaswant Singh would attack at all three places. Due to this a large number of Chinese soldiers were killed.
In this way he managed to dodge the Chinese soldiers for 72 hours i.e. three days. But unfortunately the person who supplied him ration was caught by the Chinese soldiers. He told all the things about Jaswant Singh Rawat to the Chinese soldiers. After this, the Chinese soldiers surrounded Jaswant Singh from all sides and attacked on November 17, 1962. Sela was killed in this attack but Noora was captured alive by the Chinese soldiers. When Jaswant Singh realized that he would be captured, he A bullet killed himself to avoid becoming a prisoner of war. A pass has been named Sela Pass in memory of Sela.
It is said that the Chinese soldiers took away his head by beheading. After the war, the Chinese army returned his head. The Chinese army was also impressed by his brave exploits of single-handedly fighting the Chinese army and made Rawat made of brass. Presented the statue. In some stories it is said that Jaswant Singh Rawat did not shoot himself but was captured by Chinese soldiers and hanged.