Subedar Ratan Singh, Vir Chakra, hero of Longewalla, passes away!Almost all of us have seen the J.P. Dutta Film, Border. The film INCORRECTLY depicts the events of famous Battle of Longewalla, at Rajasthan-Sindh sector in 1971, when a full regiment of 45 Pakistani tanks and 2000 Baloch soldiers could not dislodge 80 soldiers of Alpha Company of 23 Punjab, even after full-fleged battle throughout the night. On the next morning, 4 obsolete IAF planes (obsolete in 1971) stationed at Saidewalla air-base, Jaisalmer destroyed the entire Paki tank regiment. Contrary to the film, in actuality, only 2 Indian soldiers died in the fighting that night.
Subedar Ratan Singh, depicted by Punit Issar in the film, who received Vir Chakra for his exemplary bravery during the battle, has left the world on last Wednesday at an age of 92. In this connection, it is worth mentioning that in the film the character of Ratan Singh died during the battle.
RIP, Subedar Ratan Singh!