Skip to content
- Captain Vikram Batra was an Indian Army officer who served during the Kargil War in 1999.
- He was born in the town of Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India.
- Batra was commissioned into the Indian Army as a lieutenant in the 13th Battalion, Jammu and Kashmir Rifles (13 JAK RIF).
- He was a part of the Indian Army’s operation in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir, where he led the successful recapture of the strategic peak of Point 5140.
- Batra was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest wartime gallantry award, for his actions during the war.
- He was known for his catchphrase “Yeh dil mange more!” (This heart desires more!)
- Batra was killed in action during the war on July 7, 1999, at the age of 24.
- His mortal remains were brought to his hometown and it was accorded a state funeral.
- A number of monuments, institutions and memorials have been established in his honor, including the Vikram Batra Park in Delhi and the Vikram Batra College of Education in Palampur.
- His story has been depicted in several books and films, including the Bollywood film “Shershaah.”