An unbelievable saga of gallantry of a brave soldier and two local girlsThis is an unusual story. The hero of the story died in 1962. But he was 'promoted' as Major-General 40 years after his death and his soul is believed to guard India's border with China. Even very senior Generals are not allowed to move further without paying obeisance to his temple. Soldiers polish his boots everday and do other necessary duties as 'batmen' of this great soldier. Want to know about this legendary soldier? Read on....
November 1962; Nuranang (NEFA): 4 Garhwal Rifles was ordered to fall back. Information was received that almost a Division-strength of Chinese PLA with full Artillary support was moving rapidly towards Nuranang to surround it from three sides. Ill-equipped, ill-fed, ill-clad Garhwalis would not be a match before the Chinese. Officers wanted to retreat to Tse La to give a good fight to the enemy. They gave order to retreat and 4 Garhwal retreated. Except one....
21-year old Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat disobeyed the order to fall back. Why? To die. He was determined to fight and resist the Chinese. But he didn't have a single companion. From whom did he seek support? From two beautiful local Monpa girls, Sela and Nura. Jaswant and these two young girls wrote an unbelievable saga of gallantry during the next three days.
Under the guidance of Jaswant, Sela and Nura placed all weapons at their disposal in three strategic locations. When hordes of Chinese surrounded Nuranang, they were fired from three different locations. A force of almost 12,000 soldiers were kept at bay for three long days by a young Rifleman and two village-girls. Chinese thought that a heavy Indian Army contingent was present at Nuranang.
However, on the fourth day, the Chinese caught hold of a local man who divulged the secret of a young soldier and two girls to them. Chinese were furious on themselves. They attacked with full force and despite severe casualties, surrounded the three. When capture was imminent, Jaswant shot himself to death. Nura was captured and Sela died in a grenade burst. Furious Chinese soldiers cut the head the Jaswant and took it with them. More than 300 Chinese soldiers were killed by these three.
Much later Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat was posthumously awarded with Maha Vir Chakra. 4 Garhwal Rifles received the Theatre Honour of Nuranang because of his gallantry. When Chinese learnt about Jaswant, they returned his head and a brass bust. No information is found about Nura.
Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat has been elevated to the status of Baba who protects India and Indian Army soldiers in the region. The post has been renamed as Jaswant Garh.