As India celebrates the 20th Kargil Vijay Diwas on Friday, martyred braveheart Captain Vikram Batra's brother spoke to Republic TV.
Vishal Batra, the twin brother of the martyred Captain Vikram Batra, said that visiting the Kargil War Memorial at Dras was a pilgrimage for him. He said that it was a great feeling and that he took pride in visiting the peaks which were captured by the Indian Armed Forces in the Kargil War.
Vishal Batra also acknowledged other martyrs who fought alongside his brother Captain Vikram Batra. Some other officers who laid down their lives were Captain Vijayant Thapar, Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey and Captain Anuj Nayyar. He also urged people to visit the iconic Kargil War Memorial at least once:
"The only appeal I would like to make to all Indians is that, they should at least visit this place once to know what the Indian Army does for us."
Vishal Batra also asserted that working in the Indian Army is the best profession, and when asked about how his family feels, the twin brother of the martyred Captain said that everyday his family remembers Captain Vikram Batra:
"His name is written in the annals of Indian history. If we look back 20 years, there is not been a day when we don't remember him." he added
The martyred Captain Batra who is famous for his radio message 'Yeh Dil Maange More' after capturing 'point 5140' during the war is remembered by millions of Indians as a symbol of the forces' sacrifice. Even so, Captain Batra's brother said that his death came as a major loss:
"Its an emotional void for me since we were identical siblings. I am younger to him by just 14 minutes. So the bond of a sibling will always be a void for me."
Vishal Batra further asserted that his brother's contribution to the family and the country is unparalleled. The twin brother of Captain Batra stated that Indian Army soldiers are made of different blood. Batra has been told many legendary stories of his brother's sacrifice to the nation by the men who fought alongside him. Vishal Batra thanked the Indian Army, Ministry of Defence and the Chief of the Army Staff. Earlier on July 7, Vishal Batra trekked to the Batra Top, named after his martyred twin brother.
"I was airlifted, but otherwise one needs a different grit and different valor to reach the top with all of the equipment and weapons. For me, all soldiers are my family, because I would've heard the story from Vikram himself had he come alive."
Captain Vikram Batra was placed under the command of the 56 Mountain Brigade and led one of the toughest mountain warfare operations in Indian history. Captain Batra single-handedly eliminated three enemy soldiers in close combat and came to be known as the 'Sher Shah of Kargil' in Pakistan's intercepted messages. His company killed at least eight Pakistani intruders. After capturing 'Point 5140' Captain Batra sent a radio message stating words of his victory 'Yeh Dil Maange More'. Captain Batra was 25 when he was martyred.
Captain Vikram Batra was martyred during an operation to rescue a fellow soldier’s life. He courageously exposed himself to enemy fire to drag the injured infantryman to safety, and in the process was shot in the chest by a Pakistani sniper from very close range and a split-second later, by a splinter from an RPG. Captain Batra was awarded the Param Vir Chakra after his death.