Gallantry Awards 2021: Check full list of awardees of Vir Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, Mahavir Chakra

Gallantry Awards 2021: Abhinandan Varthaman was accorded Vir Chakra for shooting down a Pakistani F-16 fighter aircraft during aerial combat while the Indian Air Force Chief has been honoured with Param Vishisht Seva Medal. Check the complete list of Gallantry Awards awardees 2021.

Created On: Nov 22, 2021 13:43 ISTModified On: Nov 23, 2021 12:46 IST
Gallantry Awards 2021 list
Gallantry Awards 2021 list

Gallantry Awards 2021 were accorded by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind on November 23, 2021. The awardees were honoured for their service to the nation and their sacrifice in a fight against the enemy. Gallantry Awards included Vir Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, Kirti Chakra among others.  Among the awardees is Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman who received Vir Chakra for shooting down a Pakistani F-16 fighter aircraft during aerial combat on February 27, 2019, a day after the Balakot airstrike. The Chief of Indian Air Force Vivek R Chaudhari also received Param Vishisht Seva Medal from the President.

Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman accorded Vir Chakra

Abhinandan Varthaman, Indian Air Force ace pilot Group Captain, was accorded Vir Chakra by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind in an investiture ceremony on November 22, 2021.

Abhinandan Varthaman has received Vir Chakra for shooting down a Pakistani F-16 fighter aircraft during aerial combat on February 27, 2019, a day after the Balakot airstrike. While shooting down the enemy aircraft, Abhinandan flew over Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and his MiG-21 was hit.

Abhinandan had to eject over the territory controlled by the enemy. The IAF pilot was then taken into custody by the Pakistan Army which was forced to release him later because of extensive pressure from India along with an international intervention into the matter.

Vir Chakra

Sepoy Gurtej Singh was accorded the Vir Chakra posthumously for his gallant actions against the vicious attack by the Chinese Army in Galwan Valley in June 2020 as part of Operation Snow Leopard.

Naik Deepak Singh accorded the Vir Chakra posthumously for his gallant actions against the vicious attack by the Chinese Army in Galwan Valley in June 2020 as part of Operation Snow Leopard.

Havildar K Palani accorded Vir Chakra posthumously for his gallant actions against the vicious attack by the Chinese Army in Galwan Valley in June 2020 as part of Operation Snow Leopard.

Naib Subedar Nuduram Soren accorded the Vir Chakra posthumously for his gallant actions against the vicious attack by the Chinese Army in Galwan Valley in June 2020 as part of Operation Snow Leopard.

Havildar Tijender Singh was awarded Vir Chakra for thwarting the Chinese soldiers during the stand-off in Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh. 

IAF Chief receives Param Vishisht Seva Medal

The Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Vivek R Chaudhari received Param Vishisht Seva Medal from President Ram Nath Kovind.

Mahavir Chakra

Col Santosh Babu received the Mahavir Chakra posthumously for resisting the Chinese army attack while establishing an observation post in the face of the enemy in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh sector during the ongoing Operation Snow Leopard.

Shaurya Chakra

Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal was accorded with Shaurya Chakra (posthumously) for his role in an operation where the 5 terrorists were eliminated. 200 g of explosive material was also recovered.

His wife Lt Nitika Kaul and mother received the prestigious award from President Kovind.

Naib Subedar Sombir was accorded Shaurya Chakra posthumously for killing an A++ Category terrorist during an operation in J&K.

Sapper Prakash Jadhav from the Corps of Engineers has been accorded the second-highest peacetime gallantry award Kirti Chakra (posthumously) for neutralizing the terrorists in an operation in Jammu & Kashmir.

Vir Chakra- India’s third-highest gallantry medal

The prestigious Vir Chakra gallantry medal is the third-highest wartime medal. On the other hand, Param Vir Chakra is the highest in order. Vir Chakra award was instituted by the President of India on January 26, 1950.

Balakot Airstrike

On February 26, 2019, India had launched an aerial strike on the terrorist facility of Pakistan in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area. It is run by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Pakistan’s terrorist camp was located deep into Pakistani territory. The airstrike by India on the camp was in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack that had taken the lives of over 40 CRPF Personnel.

Pakistan had retaliated against the Balakot airstrike on February 27, 2019, by targeting Indian Military installations.

List of Vir Chakra Awardees:

Some of the notable recipients of Vir Chakra are-

Year

Recipients

1948

Brigadier Harbaksh Singh

1950

Captain TGN Pai

1950

Major Tirath Singh Oberoi

1962

Wg Cdr Krishan Kant Saini

1965

Lt Gen Zorawar Chand Bakshi

1965

Wg Cdr Trevor Keelor

1965

Flt Lt. Virendera Singh Pathania

1965

Air Cmde Alfred Tyrone Cooke

1965

Naib Subedar Ganesh Datt Joshi

1965

Air Marshal Denzil Keelor

1965

Lt Gen Mohammad Ahmad Zaki

1971

Late Lt Col Vikram Deuskar

1971

Adm Laxminarayan Ramdass

1999

Captain Jintu Gogoi

1999

Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja

1999

Sepoy Roshan Kumar

2000

Havildar Chunni Lal

2019

Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman

2021

Sepoy Gurtej Singh

 

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