Service No: IC-52574
Date of Birth : Dec 25,1970
Birth place: Nainital, Uttarakhand
Last Rank: Major
Service Years: 1993 - 1999
Unit : 2 Mech Inf/18 Grenadiers
Arm/Regt: Mechanized Infantry Regt
Awards: Maha Vir Chakra
Date of Martyrdom : May 30, 1999
Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari was born on 25 Dec 1970 in Tallital in Nainital, a scenic hill spot in the state of Uttarakhand. He did his initial schooling from St. Joseph’s College, Nainital, middle school from Government Inter College and completed his graduation from Kumaon University in 1992. Maj Adhikari always wanted to be an army officer and his dream came true when he got selected to join the Indian Military Academy. He got commissioned into 2 Mech Inf battalion on 11 December 1993 at the age of 23 years. After serving for 5 years in various operational areas Maj Adhikari got married in 1998 to Ms Kiran Negi, and was to celebrate his first wedding anniversary on 09 June 1999.
During the Kargil war, Maj Adhikari’s unit was deployed in J & K and played a vital role in the initial phase of the war. During the war, Maj Adhikari received a letter from his wife, kiran when he was at Tololing at 16,000 feet. He stuffed it in his pocket saying,” I will read it in peace tomorrow after the operation is finished” , but unfortunately, he never got a chance to read that letter.
Op Vijay : 30 May 1999
When heavy fighting broke out in the Kargil region of Jammu and Kashmir owing to planned infiltration by militants backed by the Pakistan army, the Indian Army was ordered to clear the heights of those intruders. The first major operation was undertaken by the soldiers who launched an offensive on Tololing to rid the area of intruders. The soldiers had been ordered to attack the enemy following the launch of Operation Vijay on May 25, after Lieutenant Saurabh Kalia, on patrol duty in the area, was declared missing.
On 30 May 1999, as a part of battalion operations to capture the Tololing feature, Maj Rajesh Singh Adhikari on attachment to 18 Grenadiers was tasked to secure the initial foothold by capturing its forward post where the enemy held a strongly fortified advance position. The post was located in a treacherous, mountainous terrain at about 15,000 feet and covered with snow. That night he and a 10-man Grenadiers team began climbing towards their fortified objective with picks and axes. Maj Adhikari was leading the central arm of three 10-man teams trying to capture a bunker. Maj Adhikari led the central charge, three metres ahead of his men. The bunker fell, but Maj Adhikari was shot, 20 m short of his objective. He was fired at from two mutually supporting bunkers with universal machine guns. He immediately directed the rocket launcher detachment to engage the bunker and without waiting, rushed into the bunker and killed two intruders in a close quarter combat.
Thereafter, he ordered his medium machine gun (MMG) detachment to fix position behind a rocky feature and engage the enemy. The assault party continued to inch their way up towards the objective. Despite suffering grievous bullet injuries, Maj Adhikari continued to give instructions to his men and direct fire. Refusing to be evacuated, he charged at the second bunker and killed one more occupant, thus capturing the second bunker at Tololing which later facilitated the capture of Point 4590. Maj Adhikari, had caused heavy casualties to the intruders and forced them to withdraw before succumbing to his injuries. The Battle of Tololing was one of the most significant battles, where Maj Adhikari fought valiantly and achieved the objective at the cost of his life. Maj Adhikari was a gallant soldier and a gritty officer who led from the front and laid down his life in the line of his duty.
Maj Rajesh Singh Adhikari was posthumously awarded the nation’s second highest gallantry award, “Maha Vir Chakra” for his conspicuous gallantry, leadership and supreme sacrifice.
The citation for the Maha Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:
On 30 May 1999, as a part of battalion operation to capture the Tololing feature, Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari was tasked to secure the initial foothold by capturing its forward spur where the enemy held a strong position. The enemy position was located in a treacherous mountainous terrain covered with snow at a height of about 15,000 feet. While Major Adhikari was leading his company towards the objective, he was fired at from two mutually supporting enemy positions with Universal machine guns. The officer immediately directed the rocket launcher detachment to engage the enemy position and killed two enemy soldiers in close quarter combat. Thereafter, the officer, displaying presence of mind under heavy fire, ordered his medium machine gun detachment to take position behind a rocky feature and engage the enemy. The assault party continued to inch their way up. While so advancing forward, Major Adhikari suffered grievous bullet injuries, yet he continued to direct his sub-unit. Refusing to be evacuated, then he charged at the second enemy position and killed one more occupant, thus capturing the second position at Tololing which later facilitated capture of Point 4590. However later he succumbed to his injuries.
Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari displayed exceptional valour, outstanding leadership in the presence of the enemy and laid down his life in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.
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Dinesh Kanwal2019at1:33 pm
Though Major Saab, I also share the same State of Uttarakhand ( Almora) but as Indians we are all deeply inspired by your life having made a supreme sacrifice for the sake of our country . Your exemplary valour & courage during the Kargil war is unprecedented maintaining the highest tradition of Indian Army..You made our India proud. You will remain in our hearts for ever..I salute you wherever you are Sir.May your soul rest in peace ..
Nimisha Tripathi2021at12:00 pm
Jaha bhi honge hamesha raj krnge… uttrakhand ke veer ko sat sat naman
Dinesh kanwal2019at5:50 pm
Though I also share the same State of Uttarakhand as” Major Sahab” but it is matter of great pride for the whole country that he made supreme sacrifice for the sake of it and maintained the highest tradition of Indian Army..His acts of valour & great courage in the Kargil war are unprecedented and tremendous source of inspiration to all of us….I salute you Sir ,wherever you are..May your soul rest in peace…
Dinesh Kanwal2019at6:20 pm
“Major Sahab ” your supreme sacrifice will always be remembered…though I also belong to the same State of Uttarakhand but it’s matter of great pride for the whole country for the sake of which you had laid down your life maintaining the highest tradition of the Indian Army. The valour & great courage you displayed in the Kargil War is unprecedented and a great source of inspiration for all of us. You will remain in our hearts for ever….. I salute you Sir, wherever you are…May your soul rest in peace..
satyam tiwari2020at10:03 pm
sir I will move on your legacy…
Thank you Sir. We remain grateful for your Supreme sacrifice.
Col Raghunath Banerjee2021at8:06 am
We live in ‘Rajesh Vihar’, an Army Welfare Housing Organisation ( AWHO) Residential Colony, at Khurpatal, Nainital, named after the gallant son of our country from Nainital. Maj Rajesh Adhikari’s exemplary act of leadership and devotion to duty in the face of daunting odds with complete disregard ti his personal safety and welfare would continue to inspire many who have donned and would don the uniform in his footsteps. His gallant deeds truly epitomise the Chetwodian motto of the Indian Military Academy, ” the safety, honour and welfare of your country comes first always and eveytime, the safety, honour and welfare of the men you command come next, your own safety, welfare and comfort comes last always and every time”!!!
“सबसे पहले आती है देश की रक्षा देश की आन उसका सम्मान, कल्याण, फिर आता है अपने कमान की रक्षा, आन, मान सम्मान, कल्याण, अंत में सदा आएगा जानो अपनी रक्षा, कल्याण, आराम।”
We salute Maj Rajesh’s outstanding gallant supreme sacrifice and also the brave parents and family.
Debalina sil2021at1:14 am
Pranam. Respect. Salute. How is his wife and children now?
Sonal Shah2021at10:24 am
ऐसे वीरों के कारण ही हमारी धरती हमारी भारत मां सुरक्षित है मां के ऐसे लाल को शत शत नमन है और प्रभु से ऐसी कामना है कि वह हर मां को संतान दे ताकि वह अपनी धरती मां को इन आतंकवादियों इन दुश्मनों मानवता के दुश्मनों से हमेशा सुरक्षा रख सके जय हिन्द जय भारत माता
कमलाकान्त मुनगली'कमल'2021at12:31 pm
वीरों की देशभक्ति पर
गौरवान्वित हुआ देश,
शहादत दे अमर हो गए
मेजर अधिकारी राजेश।
सेनानायक बन तुमने
अदम्य शौर्य दिखलाया,
कारगिल का युद्ध जीत।
तोलोलिंग तिरंगा फहराया।
भारत माता की आंखों से
सदा झरेगा नीर………..
देश की सेवा में खोकर अपना
एक और लाल महावीर।।
HCS Rawat2021at9:58 pm
Our soldiers n sports persons r doing real duties for d nation.At d time of their battle against d rivals .they only think of their nation keeping away their own name n fame….In Kargil war our soldiers fought bravely which forced our enemy to vacate occupied places…we all sacrificed our beloved ones but it will not go vain but our youngergeneration will learn a lesson from their Supreme sacrifice….we salute their bravery n national love…
Extremely grateful for the sacrifice that lets me and people of our country have our freedom. The story is very inspiring. Huge respect for Major Rajesh and family. Thank You!