The 1999 Kargil War brought out the best in Indian soldiers. Amongst them were four heroes whose actions helped to turn the tide in India’s favour. These four were awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest gallantry award in the face of the enemy. They were Captain Vikram Batra, Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey, Rifleman Sanjay Kumar and Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav. Lieutenant Manoj Pandey was instrumental in throwing the enemy forces out from the Batalik sector. Lieutenant Manoj Pandey could always be counted upon as someone who took up the most difficult challenges in the Army. His unmatched daredevilry is what enabled him to destroy four Pakistani posts during this war. He charged towards the last bunker with a grenade in his hand and the war cry ‘ayo gorkhali’ on his lips the many guns that pointed at him ineffective in inciting any fear in the braveheart.
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