Service No : IC-52574

Date of Birth : December 25, 1970

Place of birth : Nainital, Uttarakhand

Service : Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit : 2 Mech Inf/18 Grenadiers

Arm/Regt : Mechanized Infantry Regt

Awards : MVC

Martyrdom : May 30, 1999

Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari, MVC

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.

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  • Dilpreet

    2023at1:49 pm Reply

    Jai Hind

  • Purshottam Narain

    2023at1:49 pm Reply

    Supreme sacrifice, Major Adhikari
    May your soul rest in peace. Jai Hind

  • Manish adhikari

    2023at1:50 pm Reply

    Hume tum par naaj hai…….Major Adhikari…..jai hind

  • दिव्यांशु

    2023at1:51 pm Reply

    मर कर भी न मिटेगी इस तन से वतन की उल्फत
    इस मिट्टी से खुशबू -ए वतन आएगी

  • Rajpandyan

    2023at1:51 pm Reply

    Supreme sacrifice.May his soul rest in peace.His bravery cannot be compensated by words.Brave son of mother India

  • Valsan Kunnath

    2023at1:52 pm Reply

    Big Salute to the Brave Son of Bharath Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari, Maha Vir Chakra ( Posthumously)
    “Duty beyond Death” “Soldiers go beyond call of Duty”
    You proved the patriotism in the most inspiring way to the Nation.
    You will never be forgotten and always be Saluted for your Conspicuous Bravery, Indomitable Courage and Supreme Sacrifice.
    You gave your today for our tomorrow… Salute You Major Sahab
    Jai Hind..Vande matharam

  • Col Narendra Singh

    2023at1:52 pm Reply

    Maj Adhikari was commissioned in 2 Mech Inf (1Jat Li).Was on attachment with Grenadiers.

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