Swami Vivekananda Youth Football Championship – 2014

Vivekananda Youth Movement, founded by Mr S K Thanigaivelan, celebrated the ‘Indian National Youth day’ as Vivekananda Youth Sports festival in remembrance of Swami Vivekananda. They conducted the Swami Vivekananda Youth Football Champion’s League for boys – an Inter Academy event on 11th and 12th January 2014 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai.

Ten teams comprising 200 participants from Vellore, Tirupur, Neyveli and Chennai participated in the event.   

The following teams were declared the winner and the runner-up

Winner – Disha Team

Runner Up – Sports Authority of India Team

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Mr Thanigaivelan, endeavors to guide our youth to participate in sports to develop their health status, values of life, life skills and team spirit. He aims to nurture olympic medalists from Tamilnadu.

Ankur feels privileged to have an opportunity to support the movement and Congratulates Mr Thanigaivelan and his team ALL SUCCESS.


uvAcha Quiz – 6

National Bravery Awards are given to children for their indispensable courage on

  1. 26th January
  2. 15th August
  3. 14th November
  4. 2nd October

India shows its military might on which day?

  1. Republic day
  2. Independence day
  3. Army Day
  4. Martyr day

Which is the highest Gallantry Award in India?

  1. Param Vishishtat Seva Mandal
  2. Param Vir Chakra
  3. Kirti Chakra
  4. Vir Chakra

The following awards are given for exceptional and distinguished service of high order in any field.

  1. Bharat Ratna Awards
  2. Padma Awards
  3. Ashok Chakra
  4. Arjuna Awards

Ashok Chakra is awarded for

  1. Acts of gallantry in the presence of army
  2. Gallantry by children
  3. Outstanding contribution to literature
  4. The most conspicuous bravery or self-sacrifice on land, air or sea, but not in the presence of enemy

Answers for uvAcha quiz – 4

(a)    Bhimsen Joshi  (b)  Tansen  (c)  M.S.Subbulakshmi  (d)  Lata Mangeshkar  (e)  A.R.Rahman

Talk to Water…

Do you drink water?

Next time you drink your glass of water – talk to it. Say your resolutions to the glass of water.

Water is a wonderful post-man to reach out to every cell of your body and your mind.

Note: You may convey your message silently. There is no need to say it aloud.


Awakening Call of Golden Yoga Tradition (ACOGYT)

GIVE your Children, Family, Friends, Colleagues and the Society


Yoga has gained global recognition. Every year millions of people are flocking to India from every nook and corner of the world, with the hope that they will get a spiritual insight from this wonderful tradition. The flag of Satyananda Yoga flutters in almost every country in the world. The sentiments and experiences that were shared by yoga experts of the Bihar School of Yoga from 56 countries during the World Yoga Convention, proved that Satyananda Yoga has successfully transformed the lives of millions of people globally.

The roots of this tradition began from Tamilnadu, India. Satyananda Yoga Centre, wishes to bring Satyananda Yoga practices and the living wisdom of this Golden Tradition to every household of Tamilnadu. This is the aim of ACOGYT.

You can convene an experiential workshop or lecture session in any forum of which you may be a part. 50 topics under – Yogic Management of health disorders, Yoga for Professionals, Yoga for Parents and Teachers, Yoga for Children, Yoga – a way of life, Yoga and Spirituality are enlisted here. You can choose to have the session on any one of these topics. Let the wisdom of yoga touch the lives of your kith & kin. Let it transfer lives of your people.

For more details about ACOGYT visit www.syctchennai.com/acogyt
The ACOGYT sessions can be conducted at homes, offices,
associations, clubs, hospitals, schools, colleges.
Practically any place where people have an hour to GIVE!

Children Yoga Festival 2014 – Open for suggestions

CYF 2014 - Prelude

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We are glad to share with our readers the broad plan for annual Children Yoga Festival 2014... a bigger, wider and the longest children event for Chennai Schools…

  • Reaching out to 1000 schools, 20 lakh children and their families
  • Directly impacting 250 schools, 5 lakh children and their families
  • Three parallel teams conduct the festival in participating schools
  • A revised festival structure with Yoga Skill Demonstration, Oratorical Skill Demonstration, Quiz, etc., during School and Zonal events
  • Gifts to all participating students at all levels
  • Gifts to students of all participating schools
  • And more…

With school level events in 250 schools, 10 Zonal level events and one city level event, this year-long festival is now Chennai’s biggest, widest and longest event for schools and school children.

Suggestions are welcome from schools – management, yoga teachers and students…


Click here for an overview of Ankur Children Yoga Festival 2013

Ankur Children Yoga Festival 2013 – An Overview

Inaugurated on 14th Feb 2013, Ankur Children Yoga Festival 2013 witnessed participation from 25 schools in Chennai and Cuddalore, directly reaching out to around one lakh children and their families.

Satyananda Yoga Education Charitable Trust was conducting Children Yoga Festival for the past few years on a smaller scale. This year being Golden Jubilee year of Bihar School of Yoga it was conducted on a larger scale. Ankur Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd, joined hands with SYECT to make this initiative a success.

The Festival reached out the message of Satyananda Yoga – “Yoga is Fun”. Encouraging children to take part with a co-operative spirit in a festive mood, this festival acted as an effective antidote to the prevailing competitive atmosphere where children are made to perform under high levels of stress.

Click to watch the children share their experience.

The festival is conducted in three – School, Zonal and City levels to introduce all elements of Yoga – Holistic perspective of Satyananda Yoga in a fun-loving enjoyable manner.

Unique features of the festival:

  • It is conducted as a festival and not a competition.
  • All the children of the school among the audience are given a brief on Satyananda Yoga, Bala Yoga Mitra Mandal, Bihar School of Yoga and World Yoga Convention to introduce to them this great tradition. They are also given an experience of Yoga games, Keerthan (BSY style) and some simple practices that can be done in larger groups.
  • All the participating children at all levels are given participation gifts – Satyam’s Yoga Prasad (SYP) – Mugs, Books, Stationary, etc., to encourage the effort taken.
  • All the children in the participating school are given a SYP. With an average of 2000 children per school, we reached out gifts to around 1,00,000 children this year.
  • All the teaching and non teaching staff of the participating school is given a copy of “Satyavakku”, Yoga magazine as SYP.
  • Each school convening a school level CYF is presented with a memento.
  • Every team invited to city level is offered a completely sponsored tour to Bihar School of Yoga, Munger and Rikhiapeeth ashrams. This is the prize for them.

The schools which participated during 2013 festival include:

  1. DAV Girls Sr Sec School, Gopalapuram
  2. Mahindra World School, Chengelpet
  3. A.V.Meiyappan Matric. Hr.Sec School, Virugambakkam
  4. Smt.Narbada Devi Agarwal Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Vyasarpadi
  5. DAV Girls Sr. Sec. School, Mogappair
  6. Bharath Sr. Sec. School, Adyar
  7. DAV Matric. Hr.Sec. School, Mogappair
  8. Sushil Hari School, Kelambakkam
  9. Kumararani Meena Muthiah Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Adyar
  10. Sri Venkateswarar Mat. Higher Sec. School, Royapettah
  11. Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Virugambakkam
  12. Bhuvana Krishnan Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Kelambakkam
  13. Bhuvana Krishnan Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Tiruporur
  14. Bhavans Rajaji Vidyashram, Kilpauk
  15. Vels Vidyashram, Pallavaram
  16. WPA Soundarapandian Mat.Hr.Sec. School, Ayanavaram
  17. KCT Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Mathur
  18. SRM Nightingale Mat Higher Sec School, West Mambalam
  19. Jaigopal Garodia Mat Higher Sec School, Perambur
  20. ARLM Mat Higher Sec School, Cuddalore
  21. Lakshmi Chordia Mat Higher Sec School, Cuddalore
  22. St Joseph Mat Higher Sec School, Cuddalore
  23. Saraswathi Vidyalaya, Cuddalore
  24. St Anns Mat Higher Sec School, Cuddalore
  25. St Joseph’s School, Cuddalore

A team of around 100 members comprising students, yoga teachers and sevaks from Satyananda Yoga Centre, Triplicane and Ankur, are all set for a 10 day trip to Bihar School of Yoga, Munger and Rikhiapeeth in Jharkhand during Feb 2014. Watch out for Feb edition of uvAcha for updates and photos from the trip.

To watch videos of Children Yoga Festival 2013

The festival was inaugurated by Shri Jaidev ji, Secretary DAV Group of Schools, Chennai in the presence of Shri G P N Gupta ji, Chairman – Bliss Group of Companies and Smt Pramila Gauhar ji on 14th Feb 2013.

The Zonal festival was inaugurated by Shri Somanathan ji, Treasurer – Vivekananda Education Society. Shri Ramamurthy ji Jegathala Prathapan ji and Sri Srinivasan ji members Vivekananda Education Society graced the occasion.

The Grand Finale of the festival scheduled for 19th April 2014 will also mark the Inauguration of Children Yoga Festival 2014.

We acknowledge the support of ITC Classmate who sponsored gifts for zonal level festival participants, DAV Group of schools who supported the initiative by sponsoring space and support for the inaugural and one of the zonal level events.

Thanks also to all the Yoga teachers, Principals, Vice-principals, school co-ordinators and management for their support and participation in the festival.

The Farmer’s Watch

There once was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch in the barn. It was no ordinary watch because it had sentimental value for him. After searching high and low among the hay for a long while, he gave up and enlisted the help of a group of kids playing outside the barn. He promised them that the person who found it would be rewarded with five dollars.

Hearing this, the group of kids hurried inside the barn, flipped through and around the entire stack of hay but still could not find the watch.

Just when the farmer was about to give up looking for his watch, a little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance. The farmer looked at him and thought, “Why not? After all, this kid looks sincere enough.” So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn.

After a while the little boy came out with the watch in his hand! The farmer was both happy and surprised and so he asked the boy how he succeeded where the rest had failed.

The boy replied, “I did nothing but sit on the ground and listen. In the silence, I heard the ticking of the watch and just looked for it in that direction.”

Insight: Very often, we allow the noise of the world to drown out our inner voices, our intuition, the language of our hearts. Via a dizzying array of flashy commercials, glossy images of the rich and famous, and confident strides of the beautiful and thin, the world tells us repeatedly how being ourselves isn’t acceptable or enough. The world keeps telling us how we will be happy only when our bodies look a certain way, when we are wealthy, successful, respected, or famous, when we marry a particular person, or when we own a certain car or phone.

As a result, we often emulate others, without trusting and loving ourselves enough to make our own decisions. We rush blindly towards false and fanciful goals like money, a desirable partner who doesn’t truly love us, the favourable opinion of others, fame or material possessions. These ultimately do not give us lasting happiness or meaning.

Finally, we come to realise that, in life, we should learn to distance ourselves from the din of the world and quiet ourselves down. To learn to listen to our inner voice, for it will point us in the right direction to find true joy, love and peace.

P.S: This story with the insight was shared by some friend in a chain mail. We are including this in uvAcha with due gratitude to the original “anonymous” author.

The Power of Words

To understand the power of word and appreciate the ancient Indian perspective let us take a quick peek into these aspects we have discussed earlier…

  • Gross and Subtle Bodies: The physical body perceived by the senses is the gross body, while the aspects of our personality – thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, wisdom etc., not perceivable by our senses make up the subtle body. These two are connected by the vital link – the vital life force or vital energy or pranic force.
  • Source of Vitality: Sunlight, Water and fresh air are rich sources of vitality because of high amounts of prana/pranic energy in them.
  • Negative Ions: Experiments have proven that negative ions in the air is directly proportional to the pranic energy. Negative ions make us feel calm and composed. High levels of pranic energy in our body attracts the negative ions towards us and make us calm and experience peace.
  • When we are surrounded by positive people, things and situations we feel good. Positive words make our day while negative ones disturb us.

The above aspects are applicable to humans and to every manifest object in this world – sentient or otherwise declare ancient Indian scriptures. However this is manifested according to the level of evolution – plants, animals reaching a peak stage in human beings. We know of experiments by Bose that prove pain and emotions felt by plants. Plants are in a primitive stage of evolution and need experiments to prove, in humans it is obvious.

This is true even with insentient objects. Experiments with water demonstrated in this video prove the fact water also include a subtle aspect or subtle body not easily perceivable by human senses. The way water crystals respond to different words (read: moods and feelings) is shown in Dr Emoto’s experiments.

Now time for some insights into aspects mentioned in our scriptures based on these experiments:

Pray before you eat: Food we eat has subtle body and carries the moods and feelings of all people in the chain through which it passes before reaching our plate. Hence offering food to God and chanting prayers before consuming is a way to neutralise /nullify the negative thoughts and moods it carries. Water being a necessary element in all forms of food as well as our own physical body, we now understand the significance of prayer before meals. This is a practice prescribed by almost every culture and religion in the world.

Satsang (Company of the Good): Being in the company of Good – people, books, etc., is prescribed to keep us in a positive framework of mind.

As we read or listen to people around, the words reach and influence water molecules in every cell of the body. This creates a change not only in the physical body but also in the subtle body of our thoughts, emotions and moods.

The modern world is filled with lot of negativity around breeding more negativity – a vicious cycle. Daily newspaper starts our day with bombardment of negative news. TV channels continue the effect with sensational news (read: negativity blown out of proportion). Not to mention of office and neighbourhood gossips and politics which complete the cycle. This explains how the continuous bombardment of negative words through the day breeds stress and pain in modern world.

If we surround ourselves with positive words by being aware and conscious of what we read, what we watch, people we move around with and words we speak we can break the vicious cycle and start a virtuous cycle of positive words breeding positive, making our world more peaceful and joyous.

Develop your Vitality Quotient (VQ)

Our body absorbs vital energy through breath. However the below factors directly influence our vitality quotient (VQ) by enhancing or dissipating the vital energy.

Food – Food, the primary source of nutrients required for our bodily functions utilise vital energy for digestion, absorption and circulation. Foods influence VQ in the following ways:

  • André Simonéton in France developed a method to categorise food based on the intrinsic pranic energy in different kinds of food. He divided food into four classes – First class comprising fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains etc., has high pranic energy followed by boiled vegetables, cane sugar, eggs, peanut oil, etc.,. The third category comprised of cooked meats, coffee, tea, sausages, etc., has very low pranic energy and the final category of margarine, bleached flour, refined white sugar, etc., exhibited practically no life force in them. Based on the quantum of the above category of foods in our diet we can determine the levels of pranic energy in us.
  • Sattvic foods direct the vital energy towards sattvic thoughts and actions, while rajasic foods enhance rajasic activity and tamasic food enhance tamas and dullness. When our diet is in appropriate ratio of sattva, rajas and tamas, the vital energy is also directed accordingly for effective functioning of the mind, body and intellect.
  • The other influence of food on vital energy is at a grosser level. Sattvic foods are generally easy to digest and consume lesser vital energy leaving more energy for effective functioning of other personality domains – body, mind and intellect. On the other end is the tamasic food which consume more of vital energy for digestion leaving little energy left for other functions, making us dull, tired and lethargic.
  • Another source of vitality is fresh air. Air near water halls and high in mountains have higher levels of pranic energy while the polluted and recycled air in cities and air-conditioned atmosphere are low in pranic energy. Science has explained this in terms of ions. Negative ions in air help enhance vital energy in us. Apart from exposing ourselves to fresh air, practice of pranayama also help attract more negative ions from the surroundings making us feel light, fresh, energetic and vibrant.
  • Additionally adequate exposure to sunlight also help enhance our vitality levels.

Thoughts – When we are rich in positive thoughts we are generally more composed and involve in day-to-day activities for longer periods in a peaceful state.  When our mind is filled with negative thoughts and emotions, we stay disturbed and not effective in day-to-day activities.  This is primarily because positive thoughts enhance vitality and channelize the energy in a disciplined way while negative thoughts dissipates energy in all directions leaving us tired and exhausted sooner.

Surrounding ourselves with people, things and situations with positive thoughts help in maintaining higher levels of vitality. However people, things and situations around are generally not in our control. So it is intelligent to develop awareness of our thoughts, manage the thought flow within us by eliminating negative thoughts and encouraging positive thoughts.

Various pratyahara practices prescribed in yoga sastra – antar-mouna, ajapa-japa, etc, help in this process.

Higher vitality levels help to do the above practices, manage and develop positive thoughts. Positive thoughts further help to develop vital energy levels. This is a virtuous cycle.

Low vital energy levels result in piling up of negative thoughts. Negative thoughts further depreciate the levels of vitality. This is a vicious cycle.

Exercise – After a session of aggressive physical and aerobic exercise one becomes tired and would prefer to rest. On the contrary, a session of appropriate yogic practices (Asanas) will leave one in a state of high energy levels. Appropriateness of yogic exercise in contrast to regular aerobic exercises in developing vital energy levels and maintaining our physical body has been discussed in an earlier post “Why Exercise?”.

Discipline – Things spread out chaotically in a room, files dumped in one location in your computer, river in spate, crowd rushing in and out of a public meeting venue may be contrasted to a situation where things are kept at appropriate places in the room, files categorized in folders in a systematic way, water being channelized through canals/dams and crowd moving in an out of a public venue in queues.

Difference between the two situations is discipline.  Similar is the case with our vital energy.

Watching TV / talking while eating, irregularity in our daily routines, sleeping in late hours and waking up late are some examples of lack of discipline that has cropped up in modern life-style leading to modern life-style diseases.

Appropriate breathing habit (deep breathing), pranayama practices coupled with mudras and bandhas, asanas with breath awareness, regularity in doing the above practices are methods of channelizing and enriching each cell in our body with adequate amounts of vital energy helping them act in the most effective way.

Regularity and systematic practice help in developing our bio-rhythm and keep us more energetic and active throughout the day.

Pranayama practices – Pranayama can be translated as managing prana.  This is the most direct and best method of managing our pranic energy. Apart from what is described above pranayama practices further help in enhancing our VQ in the following ways:

  • Eliminate toxins from the body, clear energy blocks and ensure smooth flow of energy within making us feel energetic, light, calm and clear helping the mind function more effectively
  • Balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems in our body, develop homeostasis in the nervous system and help us approach our daily activities in a state of equilibrium
  • Keep the pranic body/energy body active through which the other domains – physical, mental, intellectual and emotional domains can be better managed.
  • The pranic body has chakras or psychic centers corresponding to nerve centers in our physical body. These are likened to transformers in an electrical transmission system. The chakras when awakened through various pranayama practices channelise and transmit the energy throughout the body optimally.

Based on individual body needs, we need to learn and do appropriate pranayama practices under expert guidance.

Salutations to our Paramveers

The Param Vir Chakra (PVC) is India’s highest military decoration awarded for the highest degree of valour or self-sacrifice in the presence of the enemy. It may be awarded posthumously. Till date India has fought 4 wars where 21 soldiers got this medal of which 14 are posthumous.

On this Republic Day, let us remember some of the Paramveers who fought for our Nation.

Captain Vikram Batra

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Captain Vikram Batra, 13 JAK Rifles, and his Delta Company was given the task of recapturing Point 5140.  He and his men ascended the sheer rock-cliff and as the group neared the top, the enemy opened machine gun fire on them, pinning them on to the face of the bare rocky cliff. Captain Batra along with five of his men climbed on regardless and after reaching the top, hurled two grenades at the machine gun post. He engaged three enemy soldiers in close combat and killed them. Though he was seriously injured during this combat, he insisted on regrouping his men to continue with the given task at hand.

The capture of Point 5140 set in motion a string of successes like Point 5100, Point 4700, Junction Peak and Three Pimples. Captain Batra led his men to even more glorious victories with the recapture of Point 4750 and Point 4875. He was just twenty-four year old when he laid down his life.  He was clearing the enemy positions on peak 4875. He was killed, when he tried to rescue an injured officer during an enemy counterattack against Point 4875 in the early morning hours of July 7, 1999. His last words were, “Jai Mata Di.” For his sustained display of bravery and leadership of the highest order in the face of the enemy, Captain Vikram Batra was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, posthumously. His father, Mr. G.L. Batra, received the award from the President of India, on behalf of his brave son.

 Lance Naik Albert Ekka

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Lance Naik Albert Ekka was part of the left forward company of 14 Guards during their attack on the enemy defence at Ganga Sagar on the Eastern Front. This was a well-fortified place, held in strength.

The assaulting troops were subjected to intense shelling and heavy small arms fire, but they charged on to the aim and were locked in bitter hand to hand combat.

He noticed an enemy’s light machine gun inflicting heavy casualties on his company. So, he charged the enemy bunker with undaunted courage.  He then noticed an enemy machine gun shooting from a building.  Despite his serious injury and the heavy volume of enemy fire, he crawled forward till he reached the building and lobbed a grenade through the loop-hole of the bunker killing one enemy and injuring the other.  The medium machine gun however, continued to fire.  With determination, he scaled the sidewall and entering the bunker, bayoneted the enemy who was still firing.  He silenced the machine gun saving further casualties to his company and ensured the success of the attack.  In this process, however, he received serious injuries and succumbed to them.  During this action, this gallant non-commissioned officer repeatedly displayed outstanding determination, endurance  and fighting spirit in the face of the enemy.

His continued acts of gallantry and supreme sacrifice were beyond the call of duty and in the best traditions of the service.  He was awarded Param Vir Chakra, posthumously, for displaying the conspicuous bravery and determination.

 Major Dhan Singh Thapa

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He was in command for a forward post in Ladakh.  On October 20, 1962, the Chinese attacked the post.  After being subjected to intense artillery and mortar bombardment, the greatly outnumbered post, under the gallant command of this officer repulsed the attack inflicting heavy casualties  on the aggressors.  They attached  again in greater numbers after heavy shelling by artillery and mortar fire.  Under the leadership of Major Dhansingh Thapa his men repulsed the attack but suffered heavy losses due to rain.  When the Chinese attacked for the third time, they had tanks to support their infantry.  The post had already suffered much causality and was finally over run by overwhelming numbers of the Chinese attackers.  Major Dhansingh Thapa got out of his trench and killed several of the enemy hand to hand fighting, until he was outnumbered by Chinese soldiers and eventually killed.

For his gallantry act, Major Dhan Singh Thapa was honoured with the highest wartime gallantry medal, Param Vir Chakra.

 Captain Mahendra Nath Mulla

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Captain Mahendra Nath Mulla, born on 15 May 1926, in Uttar Pradesh was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 01 May 1948. During the 1971 Indo-Pak War, Captain M.N. Mulla was commanding a task force of two ships which formed part of the Western Fleet. The task force was assigned the task of hunting & destroying enemy submarines in the North Arabian Sea. On 09 December 1971, INS Khukri of the task force was hit by torpedoes fired by an enemy submarine, about 64 km off Diu. The time was 2050 hours and the ship could not be saved. Captain Mulla decided to abandon the ship. Unmindful of his personal safety, Captain Mulla supervised the arrangements for the rescue of his ship’s company in a very cool, calm and methodical manner.

With great presence of mind he continued to direct rescue operations even at a later stage when the ship was about to sink. He even gave his own life-saving gear to a sailor. Having directed many of his men as possible to leave the sinking ship, he went back to the bridge to see what further rescue operations could be performed. He had indeed chosen a water grave for himself. He was last seen going down with his ship. Captain Mulla’s action & behaviour and the example he set, has been in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy. For displaying conspicuous gallantry and dedication to duty, Captain Mahendra Nath Mulla was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra, posthumously.

 Subedar Joginder Singh

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Having death at his face and grit in his heart, he advanced towards the enemy causing heavy loss to them.  Subedar Joginder Singh was the commander of a platoon of the Sikh regiment, holding a defensive position at a ridge near Tongpeng La, in NEFA.  At 5.30 am on October 23, the Chinese opened a very heavy tank on the Bumla axis, with the intention of breaking through to Tawang.  The leading battalion of the enemy attacked the ridge in three waves, each comprising 200 men.  The Subedar and his men made the enemy halt, after the heavy losses that they had suffered.  Within a few minutes, there was another wave of attack and this was also dealt with in a similar fashion.  But by then, the platoon had lost half of the strength.

Even though the Subedar was wounded in the thigh, he declined to be evacuated.  Under his inspiring leadership, the platoon stubbornly held the ground and refused to withdraw.  In the mean time, the position was attacked by a third wave.

The Subedar himself manned a light machine gun and shot down a number of enemy troops.  They however, continued to advance despite heavy losses.  When the situation was becoming impossible Subedar Joginder Singh and the few men left in the position, fixed their bayonets and rushed towards the advancing Chinese and bayoneted a number of them before being overpowered.

For his inspiring leadership, courage and devotion to duty, Subedar Joginder Singh was awarded the highest wartime gallantry medal, the Param Vir Chakra, posthumously.

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