Did you remember this hero on the Vijay Divas?On 26th July, we celebrated Vijay Divas to commemorate kicking out the Pakistani soldiers belonging to different battalions of Northern Light Infantry (NLI) in 1999. Initially, Indians thought that some terrorists entered the Indian side of the border and remained in the heights of Kargil, which had been left by the Indian soldiers at the beginning of winter. But later it was proved that regular Pakistani soldiers will full logistical back-up were at Kargil heights.
Indian Army learnt the lesson very quickly from the initial setbacks. The first victory of India in Kargil went to the kitty of 2nd Rajputana Rifles (RajRif) when this prestigious Indian Battalion kicked out Pakistani intruders from Tololing. Before Tololing, there was no victory for the Army in 1999. After Tololing, there was no defeat.
Colonel Magod Basappa Ravindranath, the then CO of 2nd RajRif, created history. He became a legend after the victory of Tololing. This legendary Vir Chakra winner died on 8th April, 2018. Very few people bothered to remember him, proving that we remember the soldiers only at the time of war or other national crisis.
How many of us did remember Col Rabindranath on this Vijay Diwas? I think nobody. This legendary soldier will remain immortal in the history of Kargil war but has already been forgotten by us, by the Indians.