Maj Gen GD Bakshi awarded with Shaurya Kala Samman

JAMMU: The Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust (KVMT) in collaboration with the J&K Ex-Services League showcased the documentary ‘1947: The Forgotten Battle of Uri' at the Tiger cinema in the Jammu Cantt, highlighting the service and sacrifice of independent India's first war hero, Brigadier Rajinder Singh Jamwal.

The Dogra General was the first recipient of the Mahavir Chakra in independent India. In 1947, he led a band of 100 Dogra warriors and repelled an invasion force of 6000 Pakistani Tribals and soldiers. The Brigadier's operation delayed the advance of the Pakistani force and gave enough time to Maharaja Hari Singh to negotiate and sign the Instrument of Accession which united India with Jammu & Kashmir. The documentary has been developed by Major General (retd) GD Bakshi, author, poet and one of India's foremost defence analysts and military historians.

The screening was attended by GoC of the Tiger Division, Major General Sharad Kapur, J&K Ex- Services League president, Major General Goverdhan Singh Jamwal, Jammu University Vice Chancellor, Manoj K Dhar, Dogri Sanstha president, Dr Lalit Mangotra, KVM Trust founder Poonam Singh Jamwal as well as serving and retired members of the J&K Rifles and assisted by CNN-News18 Senior News Editor, Ayushman Jamwal.

"Our mission is to promote and preserve the service and legacy of Brigadier Rajinder Singh Jamwal, so every Dogra and Indian does not forget what he did to protect Jammu and Kashmir even before it was a part of the Indian union," said Major General Goverdhan Singh Jamwal.

Major General GD Bakshi commanded Brigadier Rajinder Singh's unit of the 6 J&K Rifles and was united with former veterans of the decorated unit at the event.

"The bravery of Brigadier Rajinder Singh Jamwal was unmatched. He was the Chief of Army staff of J&K State forces and led the operation against Pakistan himself," said Major General GD Bakshi.

Major General Bakshi was also awarded the KVMT Shaurya Kala Samman for soldier-artists for his outstanding contribution to the arts, broadcasting, scholarship as well as his decorated military career.

The Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust founded the iconic poet's memory is dedicated to honouring the bravery of the immortal Indian soldier. Group Captain Randhir Singh was a celebrated Dogri poet and decorated soldier, whose service in the Indian Air Force had a profound impact on his writing.


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