Service No : IC62541K
Date of Birth : April 15, 1980
Place of birth : Trivendrum, Kerala
Service : Army
Last Rank : CAptain
Unit : 2 Para (SF)
Awards : AC
Martyrdom : March 20, 2007
Capt R Harshan was born on 15 April 1980 at Manacaud in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala to K Radhakrishnan Nair and Chitrambika. He completed his schooling at Sainik School Kazhakootam. A multi-faceted student, he was equally adept at studies, sports, and extracurricular activities. While he played all sports, he captained the school’s Volleyball & Basketball teams. He is especially remembered by schoolmates for his notable performance as ‘Brutus’ in the play Julius Caesar, during the Annual Day function. He was a born leader and chosen as the School Captain in his final year, also earning the ‘Best All Round Cadet’ award that year. A voracious reader and a good orator, he devoured books on war and dreamt of being a paratrooper.
After training at NDA & IMA, he achieved his dream of becoming a paratrooper when, he was commissioned into the elite ‘Red Devils’, the 2nd battalion of the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Army. He proved his mettle by performing very well during probation and subsequently was nominated for special weapons training in Israel.
Baramulla Operation: 20th Mar 2007
Capt R Harshan was posted to Kashmir in 2006 and his unit was operating in the terrorist-infested area of Baramulla in J & K. On 7th March 2007 while leading his team during a patrol, he observed some suspicious movement. He immediately ordered his troops to take up positions to deal with any eventuality. He soon spotted one terrorist and in a courageous move crawled in the underbrush skillfully and shot him. The other terrorist fired at Capt Harshan, but he unmindful of his safety charged at him and shot him down, killing both single-handedly.
On 19 Mar 2007, Capt Harshan’s unit received information from intelligence sources about the presence of terrorists in a village in the Baramulla district. It was decided to launch an operation in night to flush out the terrorists. In the early morning of 20th March, Captain Harshan along with his troops cordoned off the area surrounding the suspected house. At about 3:50 AM, four terrorists holed up inside the house, and tried to break free from the cordon by rushing out and firing indiscriminately. Captain Harshan in a swift and daring move shot dead the leader of the terrorist group, but in the exchange of fire, he received a bullet on his thigh. In total disregard to his injury, he battled on and killed one more terrorist. This time, however, he was shot in the neck and despite that, he lobbed a grenade and injured the third terrorist. However, Captain Harshan later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred, before he could see his team kill the remaining two terrorists. Captain Harshan led from the front like a true military leader and laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Captain Harshan was given the nation’s highest peacetime gallantry award “Ashok Chakra” for his exceptional courage, fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice. He became the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious gallantry award in Indian military history.
Lt Colonel S Srivastava, second in command of Capt Harshan’s battalion paying tributes to him said “I had known him all the four years that he had been in 2 Para. I had not met another officer like him in any Special Forces formation. So quiet and so soft spoken that we often have to really proud him to speak up, yet so good at his job that he was handling the entire training of his formation by himself,”. He was completely committed, almost obsessed with his missions. He had led so many anti-terrorist strikes before. He was a lot more than a colleague to me.”
Salute captain uncle.
Captain harshan nagar near my house. Proud of you… Uncle
Harsh Vishwanathan2023at3:55 pm
Indebted forever to you sir.
Jai Hind. Om Shanti
Absolute stunning personality !! Heard the story from Major Vivek Jacob. And he rightly called him Next Level , a soul who came did his work and went ..
Rashmi Kulshreshta2023at3:56 pm
Who were in his team in his last encounter?
Vatsala Swami2023at3:56 pm
In reply to SreeKumar.
Salute to the braveheart!!
Will be posting ur story in my podcast channel , named “MAI HU NA”……
May God bless u n ur family!!!!!
Inspiring soldier. Thankyou for your sacrifice to this nation, I will do my best for this country too in honor of those like you.
Hrishita Surve2023at3:57 pm
In reply to SreeKumar.
A BIG SALUTE TO YOU CAPTAIN HARSHAN SIR. YOU WILL ALWAYS REMAIN IMMORTAL IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER SIR. JAI HIND.
favaz pa2023at3:58 pm
KONDURI SAIRAM KUMAR2023at3:59 pm
A great soldier and son of Mother India. No words to explain his bravery and his courageous acts will be remembered forever.May his soul attain sadgati..
Vivek Krishnan2023at3:59 pm
Absolute respect and salutes to Harshan. I have known him as my senior Vyasan’s brother and have played basketball against him at inter-schools. He was one who always stood out from the crowd .