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First recipient of MahaVir Chakra of independent India

Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir

August 09, 2021


Brigadier Rajinder Singh Jamwal, also remembered as the Saviour of Kashmir, was an officer in the Jammu and Kashmir State Forces who died fighting during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947–1948.

He and his troops held on to their positions in Uri for three days from 23rd October 1947 to 26th October 1947. They repelled waves of enemy attack and stood until the last bullet. On 27th October 1947, the Maharaja of Kashmir signed the instrumentation of annexation with India. India troops quickly rushed in to support Brigadier Rajinder Singh.

These three days were crucial because if Srinagar would have fallen, then Kashmir might never have been part of India.

Brigadier Rajinder Singh was honored posthumously with the MahaVir Chakra by Army chief Field Marshall K.M.Carriapa on 30th December 1949.