naik jadunath singh: the paramvir in Naushera
Every time we discuss the brave hearts; one of the names that always remind us is of Naik Jadunath Singh.
The finest soldiers that India has ever produced, Naik Jadunath Singh fought in very heart-wrenching conditions. At the Kashmir valley during the months of February, when everything is covered with snow, extremely cold conditions, where it is very hard to survive, he performed his exemplary bravery. His courage, valour and sacrifice saved the country and earned him the honourary Param Vir Chakra.
“Mai iske naaz uthata hoon, so yehi aisa nahi karti,
yeh mitti mere haathon ko kabhi maila nahi karti,
shaheedon, krantikariyon ki zamin hai, jise Hindustan kehte hain,
Maa banjar bhi ho jaye, buzdil paida nahi karti.”
I take great honour writing about such great sons of Mother India. I hope the readers’ shall feel the same pride reading these acts of patriotism and get motivated to be the same.
Every soldier dreams of making supreme sacrifice for the Motherland, but not everyone is so fortunate. Naik Jadunath Singh is one of those fortunate brave heart, who quenched the feet of Mother India with his pious blood.
“Kaash meri Zindagi mein Sarhad ki koi shaam aaye,
Kaash meri Zindagi mere watan ke kaam aaye,
Na khauf hai maut ka,
Aur na aarzoo hai jannat ki,
Jab Kabhi zikr ho Shaheedo ka,
Kaash mera bhi naam aye.”
Naik Jadunath Singh was a soldier in the Indian Army. He is one of those 21 brave hearts who have been honoured with India’s highest gallantry, the Param Vir Chakra for his actions in the Indo Pak war 1947. Let us give a look into the life of this warrior.
Jadunath Singh was born on 21st November 1916 in Khajuri Village of Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh to Birbal Singh Rathore. They were 8 siblings. His father was a farmer in the village.
The family was economically not so well off. Jadunath Singh, hence, couldn’t study much. He could study up to 4th standard.
Though he did not study much, he developed himself in the field of wrestling. He practised wrestling regularly and prayed to Lord Hanuman in a temple of his village. He was therefore nicknamed “Hanuman Bhagat Bal Brahmachari.” He was also a great devotee of Lord Hanuman. He adopted ‘Brahmacharya’ for his whole life.
Jadunath’s entry in the military is a very different story.
Jadunath Singh spent most of his time in the arena where he practised wrestling or in the Hanuman temple performing his devotional services. He did no work that earned him money. As time passed, it became difficult for his father to manage the large family.
It is a popular concept, that a man when gets married becomes more serious due to the extra responsibilities that come onto him. Hence, the family thought Jadunath to get married to a girl in the same village.
But, Jadunath Singh refused this proposal declaring him to be Brahmachari. He was trolled very badly by his family members including his father. He couldn’t tolerate these and left the house.
He then asked one of his friend, who was serving the British Indian Army, to help him join the forces. With this help, he joined the British Indian Army on 21st November 1941 in the 7th Rajput Regiment.
Those days were of World War 2. The British Indian Army troops participated in the war. Hence these soldiers were sent to the war. Sepoy Jadunath Singh also went along with the troops.
Due to his extraordinary acts in the field of action, he was promoted to Naik rank, when the troops returned.
Post Independence; the 7th Rajput Regiment remained in the Indian Army and Naik Jadunath Singh was shifted to 1st Rajput Regiment.
The Battle of 1947
The incident dates back to October 1947, when the Indian troops were sent to Kashmir Valley to fight the Kawalis. These Kawalis had intruded Kashmir and tortured the civilians. These people were killing the young and the old, raping women, torturing the kids and had crossed every level of maltreatments.
The 1 Rajput Regiment was the part of the 50th Para Brigade, under the command of Brigadier Mohammad Usmaan in the Naushera sector. Brig. Usmaan had already made necessary arrangements to counter the expected attack.
Jhangar, a strategically important part of Naushera sector was captured by the Pakistani troops. Naik Jadunath Singh was posted in the north of Naushera sector, Tain Dhar, with is battalion consisting of 27 men.
On 6 February 1948, 6:40 AM, Pakistani forces open fired on Singh’s battalion. Since the winter mornings are foggy, nothing could be spotted. The Indian troops, consequently, opened fire from their end. Now there was gunfire from both ends. The enemies were in thousands. But Naik Jadunath Singh had only 27 men.
The encounter intensified. The Pakistani troops approached them in waves. The Indian troops kept on outnumbering them. They wiped off 2 waves very easily. By the 3rd wave, only 3 soldiers of the battalion were alive and they were running out of ammunition as well. Singh displayed exemplary leadership and his heroic acts wiped off the 3rd wave but succumbed to his injuries. Later, reinforcements were sent to hold the position. Naik Jadunath Singh’s heroics helped the Indian troops to recapture Tain Dhar back.
“Jitna bhi lahu tha, baha diya watan ke vaaste;
Ek bhi katra na rehne diya tan ke vaaste;
Aati toh hai maut sabhi ki, or marte hai sab log;
Lekin maut hai wahi jo aaye watan ke vaaste.”
Param Vir Chakra
Without Naik Jadunath Singh’s heroics, and engaging the Pakistanis with a fierce encounter, the Tain Dhar position couldn’t be recaptured again. Due to his exemplary leadership and warrior skills, he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra on February 1948.
Wars itself is the last and violent option for settlement. It has never been beneficial for the nations. War costs a heavy number of lives and economy which can never be recovered.
We shall always look upon our soldiers with a feeling of respect and honour. It is only them who get the golden opportunity to serve the nation as the first line of defence. They are the only one who had enough courage to sacrifice the worldly pleasures and devote them to the service of the motherland.
A soldier always has the tricolour shroud (kafan) tied to his head, every time he goes for an operation. These brave hearts enjoy ploughing the feet of the motherland with their blood. This sacrifice is incomparable.
“Aao jhuk kar karein salam unhe, jinka yeh mukaam aata hain,
Bade khus naseeb hote hain wo log, jinka lahu watan ke kaam ata hai.”
As responsible citizens of the country, we should never forget the sacrifices of our saviours. It is not only the ones who are decorated, every soldier must be respected. We must ensure peace within the borders so that they can serve well on the borders. It is our responsibility to prevent disputes among various religious groups and maintain peace within the nation.
It is sad that people keep talking about their rights and forget their duties. We as responsible youth of the nation should try to bring a revolution in this mindset of the population. I would like to end the discussion with some lines.
“Ghar se nikle to dekha ek kinara,
Logo se pucha ki batao kya hai yeh manjhra ye saara,
Toh pata chala wahan par ek lash thi dali, aur paas jaakar dekha,
Toh tamge laga kar chithde me fata tha,
Pata chala, mar gaya Sipahi humara,
Woh Sipahi Bechara.
Jab uski jar jar sthithi dekhi,
Toh maalum hua ki bhook se mara tha tamge lag kar,
Wo Sipahi tha is Desh ka Bechara,
Jab wardi utha kar dekhi,
Toh khanjar se likha tha,
SAARE JAHAN SE ACHHA, HINDUSTAN HUMARA,
SAARE JAHAN SE ACHHA, HINDUSTAN HUMARA.”
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