Service No : IC-7119

Date of Birth : February 22, 1935

Place of birth : Dehradun Dist (UP)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Lieutenant Colonel

Unit : 16 Madras

Arm/Regt : The Madras Regiment

Operation : Op Cactus Lily

Awards : Maha Vir Chakra

Martyrdom : December 15, 1971

Lieutenant Colonel Ved Prakash Ghai MVC

Lieutenant Colonel Ved Prakash Ghai was born on 22 February 1935 in Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh to Smt Dayawanti Ghai and Shri Desh Raj Ghai. He was commissioned in the Madras Regiment on 4th December 1954. During his service career Lt Col Ghai served in several operational areas and also got the opportunity to serve as part of Indian contingent in Congo in UN operations in 1961.


In the Indo-Pak war of 1971, Lt Col Ghai’s unit was deployed on the western front and played a vital role in the battle of Basantar. 


Battle of Basantar: 15 Dec 1971


During the Indo-Pak war of 1971, Lt Col Ved Prakash Ghai was commanding the 16 Madras Regiment deployed in the Shakargarh sector on the western front. During the battle of the Basantar river, having crossed the river and the mine obstacle in the face of heavy enemy opposition, his Battalion was occupying the bridge-head when the enemy mounted fierce counterattacks. Lieutenant Colonel Ghai rallied his men and beat off repeated enemy attacks during the night.


As the day dawned, the enemy again mounted a counterattack supported by tanks. Having been under constant heavy shelling during the night, the Battalion had not completely reorganized but as soon as the main direction of the enemy attack crystallized, Lt Colonel Ghai moved to the company localities with utter disregard to his personal safety. He moved fearlessly from one position to another, directing and encouraging his men. Inspired by his personal example, bravery, and leadership, the Battalion supported by tanks, repulsed the counterattacks with heavy losses to the enemy. When after stabilizing the situation, Lt Colonel Ghai was returning to his headquarters, he was seriously wounded by an enemy shell, but he continued to direct the battle neither caring for medical attention nor for personal safety. He was martyred on the battlefield setting a fine example of military leadership, courage and supreme sacrifice.


Lt Col Ved Prakash Ghai was given the nation’s second highest gallantry award  “Maha Vir Chakra” for his outstanding bravery, indomitable spirit and sacrifice.

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  • Shivika M

    2023at2:50 pm Reply

    Always so proud and inspired by nanu!

  • Jaagrav Chhabra

    2023at2:50 pm Reply

    In reply to Sushil luniya.
    Name:Jaagrav Chhabra. Class:7F. School:New Horizon Gurukul
    I salute the honour and the supreme sacrifice for our future and made us proud to be a citizen of India. Lt Colonel Ghai will always be remembered in our hearts. Jai Hind

  • Hemant Sapra

    2023at2:56 pm Reply

    Salute to a real Hero !

  • Prerna Dhamija

    2023at2:57 pm Reply

    A real hero of the nation.a big salute.

  • Girish Kumar Gupta

    2023at2:57 pm Reply

    Salute to the Brave Son of The Soil. Om Sadgati. Jai Jawan Jai Hind

  • Sushil luniya

    2023at2:58 pm Reply

    Salute to Lt Col for his bravery and sacrifice.

  • S Verma

    2023at2:59 pm Reply

    I salute the service to the country and the supreme sacrifice.

  • giri sunder

    2023at2:59 pm Reply

    Salute to our brave soldiers.

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