Amar Chitra Katha brings to life valour of Param Vir Chakra Awardees

Amar Chitra Katha brings to life valour of Param Vir Chakra Awardees

इसमें शामिल है कुमाऊं रेजिमेंट के वीर मेजर सोम नाथ शर्मा, मेजर शैतान सिंह की शौर्य गाथा

“Param Vir Chakra – The Ultimate Honour”, Amar Chitra Katha’s homage to the heroes of the Indian Armed Forces

By Aarti Dhar


o mark the 69th anniversary of Indian Independence, Amar Chitra Katha – India’s popular storyteller – has launched their first-ever war title “Param Vir Chakra – The Ultimate Honour”. Incidentally, this year also marks 50 years of 1965 war fought between India Pakistan war.

Amar Chitra Katha, with the guidance of the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force, has narrated the stories of the 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees, who braved incredible odds and stood steadfast against the enemy to protect the country.


Topping the list is Major Som Nath Sharma, PVC, (1923-1947), who was the first recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, the highest Indian gallantry award. Major Sharma of 4th Kumaon Regiment was awarded the medal posthumously for his bravery in the Kashmir operations in 1947.

Then comes Major Shaitan Singh, who was the second recipient the Param Vir Chakra from Kumaon Regiment. Major Shaitan Singh of 13th Kumaon was honoured with Param Vir Chakra in 1962 after the India-China war.


A tribute to the recipients of the highest military award in India, this all-colour, beautifully illustrated book tells the story of each hero’s life right from his early days, to the battle in which he proved himself beyond the call of duty. Written for both children and adults, “Param Vir Chakra – The Ultimate Honour” is available at the price of Rs.299 with a digital version on iOS and other mobile platforms.

The Param Vir Chakra is India’s highest military honour; an honour that is only awarded to those soldiers who display the greatest degree of valour and self-sacrifice on the battlefield. Since its inception on our first Republic Day in 1950, 21 heroes have so far been awarded the medal. The sensitively portrayed stories will take the readers’ up close and into the heart of the battles they fought and give you an insight into the lives and mind of some of the most courageous men our country have ever known.


Param Vir Chakra Cover 1

Param Vir Chakra encapsulates the bravest of stories from the 1947 Indo-Pak war to the latest one in Kargil.


  • Major Somnath Sharma (Posthumous), 4 KUMAON (1947)
  • Lance Naik Karam Singh, 1 SIKH (1948)
  • Second Lieutenant Rama Raghoba Rane, BOMBAY ENGINEER (1948)
  • Naik Jadunath Singh (Posthumous), 1 RAJPUT (1948)
  • Company Havildar Major Piru Singh (Posthumous), 6 RAJPUTANA RIFLES (1948)
  • Capt Gurbachan Singh Salaria (Posthumous), 3/1 GORKHA RIFLES (1961)
  • Major Dhan Singh Thapa, 1/8 GORKHA RIFLES (1962)
  • Subedar Joginder Singh (Posthumous), 1 SIKH (1962)
  • Major Shaitan Singh (Posthumous), 13 KUMAON (1962)
  • Company Quarter Master Abdul Hamid (Posthumous), 4 GRENADIERS (1965)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore (Posthumous), 17 HORSE (1965)
  • Lance Naik Albert Ekka (Posthumous), 14 GUARDS (1971)
  • Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon (Posthumous), Indian Air Force (1971)
  • Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal (Posthumous), 17 HORSE (1971)
  • Major Hoshiar Singh, 3 GRENADIERS (1971)
  • Naib Subedar Bana Singh, 8 JAMMU AND KASHMIR LIGHT INFANTRY (1987)
  • Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran (Posthumous), 8 MAHAR (1987)
  • Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey (Posthumous), 1/11 GORKHA RIFLES (1999)
  • Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav, 18 GRENADIERS (1999)
  • Rifleman Sanjay Kumar, 13 JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES (1999)
  • Captain Vikram Batra (Posthumous), 13 JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES (1999)

The book was launched by Lt. Gen. Rakesh Sharma UYSM, AVSM, VSM at the Defence Headquarters, South Block, in New Delhi.

Amar Chitra Katha’s team of 6 scriptwriters, 11 artists, 5 colorists and an extensive editorial team has worked rigorously for more than 2 years to ensure that the significance of bravery, courage, honor, discipline and selflessness for the safety of the nation is conveyed to the readers.

“It is important that the readers of the book, children and adults alike, hear the stories of these brave men who fought India’s enemies, so that India stayed secure; of men who cared little about their own safety and placed the country and their comrades above everything else. We want to create not just awareness but understanding, love and respect for the Armed Forces. The youngsters should know and appreciate the discipline, dedication and complete selflessness of India’s fearless warriors,’’ said Manas Mohan, CEO Publishing, Amar Chitra Katha Pvt. Ltd.

Aarti Dhar is a Delhi-based senior journalist who has covered a variety of social, developmental and political issues, which includes over two-decade-long association with The Hindu as Deputy Editor

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  1. Megha September 02, at 05:58

    The ultimate Honour - Shud be an interesting read!!!!


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