Service No : IC 51152K

Date of Birth : Jan 2, 1970

Birth place: Dehradun

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Service Years: 1992 - 1999

Unit : 2 Raj Rif

Arm/Regt : The Rajputana Rifles

Awards: Maha Vir Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Jun 13, 1999

Major Vivek Gupta, MVC

Major Vivek Gupta was born on 2 January 1970 in Deharadun, Uttarakhand. Since his childhood, Major Vivek Gupta had been listening to stories about life in the army and the honor of being in the army from his father Col BRS Gupta, an Army Ordnance Corps officer and was immensely inspired by it. Finally , his natural instinct prevailed  and he decided to join the army and announced it to his family, who were very happy and proud of his decision. After college, Vivek went to National Defense Academy and Indian Military Academy and was commissioned into the Rajputana Rifles Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its gallant soldiers, on June 13, 1992.

 

Major Vivek got married to an army officer Capt Rajshree Bisht in 1997. He was a very brave and committed soldier and was awarded the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) commendation for killing a Pakistani terrorist in hand-to-hand combat. Recognizing his outstanding skills he was soon sent to Infantry School, Mhow, as a weapon instructor.

 

Kargil War: June 1999

 

Maj Vivek Gupta played a significant role in capturing the Tololing top during Kargil war in 1999. The 2nd Rajputana Rifles went into the war when the Indian army did not have enough information about the exact magnitude of intrusion. Major Gupta and his men of the 2nd Battalion, Rajputana Rifles were tasked with the recapture of point 4590 on the treacherous, icy slopes of Tololing in the Drass sector. He was part of a light machine gun commando team who was asked to recapture Pakistani bunkers along the mountaintop of Tololing. As with so many of the later operations in Kargil, this too was a dangerous mission requiring an uphill accent towards entrenched enemy posts who had the advantage of height and a bird’s eye view.

 

Major Vivek was martyred on June 13 after capturing two difficult posts the same day on the wind-swept, icy slopes of the Drass sector.  He died on the battlefront when a fusillade of bullets from the Pakistanis tore open his torso, but not before he and his company men had slain seven members in the enemy camp. His body could not be recovered immediately and it lay on the Tololing Top before the Indian Army sent a mission, braving enemy fire, to rescue the bodies on June 15.

 

Life came a full circle for Major Vivek Gupta as he was martyred exactly on the day he joined the Rajputana Rifles seven years ago. “Knowing that his entire company is like a sitting duck after bullets were fired upon them from every direction Major Vivek launched a solo attack to take on the Pakistanis. While my 27-year-old son proved his blood, his fellow soldiers lived on to win more peaks,” said Col Gupta of his son’s death. He was said to be very close to his father and his father was very proud of Major Gupta that his son died a hero’s death. He posted a letter to the Indian army after Maj Vivek’s death expressing his grief and pride about him. For his act of exemplary bravery, an exhibition of spectacular courage and supreme sacrifice, he was given the nation’s second highest gallantry award, “Maha Vir Chakra” posthumously.

The citation for the Maha Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:

 

Major Vivek Gupta was in command of the leading Charlie Company, when 2nd Rajputana Rifles launched a battalion attack on Tololing Top, in Drass sector on 13 June 1999. Inspite of heavy artillery and automatic fire, the company under the inspiring leadership of Major Vivek Gupta was able to close in with the enemy. As soon as the Company emerged in the open, they came under multi-directional intense fire. Three personnel of the leading section of the Company were hit and the attack was temporarily stalled. Knowing fully well that staying any longer in the open under the murderous enemy fire would lead to more losses, Major Vivek Gupta reacted immediately and fired a rocket launcher at the enemy position. Before the shocked enemy could recover, Major Vivek Gupta charged on to the enemy position. While so charging, he was hit by two bullets, despite which, he kept moving towards the position. On reaching the position, he engaged the enemy in fierce hand-to-hand combat and managed to kill three enemy soldiers despite his own injuries.

 

Taking inspiration form the gallant deed of their officer, the rest of the company charged onto the enemy position and captured it. However, in the ensuing combat, Major Vivek Gupta received another direct from enemy bullets and finally succumbed to his injuries. Major Vivek Gupta displayed conspicuous gallantry and inspiring leadership in the face of the enemy, which, ultimately led to the capture of Tololing Top.

  • “Don’t worry dad, I will be back soon,” Maj Gupta wrote to his father Col BRS Gupta in his last letter on June 8, 1999.
  • Another excerpt of the letter says, “You should feel proud of me … I am contributing something for the nation in this uniform I have worn … being a company commander at this time is the greatest experience one can have.”
  • “I am going for the Tololing and will move ahead after that. If I come back shoot me,” was the war cry given by Maj Gupta to his men before launching the assault on Tololing Top.
  • “When I asked his choice of unit he said, ‘I am not made to count socks and trousers. I am born to be an infantry man,’ recalled Col Gupta, after his son had told him his intentions of joining the army.

vivek gupta letter

1. An anecdote by Col Virendra Tavathia (Retd) :

 

In 1994 Summer, I was officiating Commanding Officer of the Battalion in Kupwara Sector in the High Altitude Area. Then Lt Vivek Gupta was the adjutant of the battalion. He was very unhappy as adjutant since he was not getting a chance to be in active operations. One day, I was returning after visiting a forward post. Vivek called me and told me that a BSF party was engaged in some operations with terrorists, and we were asked to provide some help to them. I told him to send the QRT asap, fully equipping them for at least 48 hours. In between, we had the areas where Radio Communication was not at its best. When I reached the Tac HQ, I found Adjutant missing from there. I asked the Sub Adjt as to where the Adjt was? He told me that he himself had taken the QRT and had reached the site of the operations. That was Vivek. He was a born soldier, a brave one and a dedicated one. He was an excellent Adjutant, did well as an Instructor at Inf School. I was very fortunate to have officers like Maj Vivek Gupta, MVC and Maj Padmapani Acharya, MVC in the battalion. Both of them served as my adjutant. My most prestigious possession is a picture taken in the summer of 1995 in the High Altitude Area, where I am flanked by both of these brave hearts. In their company, I feel special until today.

 

2. Tribute by the CO, Col Virendra Tavathia (Retd) :

 

As the Commanding Officer of Late Maj Vivek Gupta, MVC,(Posthumously) I have a lot of stories to share. Vivek joined the Bn in June/July 1992 at Udaipur. Our youngsters had started a so-called tradition (which I really did not know, since I had returned after almost 4 years after my Staff Course and BM’s tenure) in which the newly commissioned officer was to climb about a 12-14 feet pole over which they put his Cap and get his Cap. This was to be done during the dinning in after the officer was given excess liquor. What happened in Vivek’s case that these officers put grease on the pole. No one prior to Vivek had been able to get the Cap in that state. When I saw that I told these young officers that it is unfair to put grease on the pole. But guess what, Vivek climbed the pole got his Cap and was the first one to do so. That showed the resolve of this brave heart. We were celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the Bn’s raising in November 1992. I was the secretary of the event. We made a beautiful Silver Trophy to be presented to the officers’ mess by Officers. We as a team were discussing as to who must present this trophy to the Officer’s Mess. Everyone was talking about Col of the Regiment, or the Senior most officer from serving or retired officers to do so. There were apprehensions about the protocol and so on. An idea came to my mind, and I told the Commanding Officer that let the youngest officer of the battalion present it for he is going to be with that Trophy for the maximum time, and my suggestion was accepted by the Commanding Officer. The 175th Anniversary Trophy in 2 Raj Rif officers mess was presented/ unveiled by then 2/Lt Vivek Gupta. I declined to go on my grade 1 tenure, as the unit for the first time in my service was scheduled to go active operations. So, from Jan 1992 I remained with the battalion till I took premature retirement in June 1998. During this period I had seen Vivek, Acharya, Mohit, Umed and Uttam and many more doing a great job with the Bn. Least I knew that I had a chance to command the battalion in actual War, and if I knew it, I would have completed the Command, and a dream would have come true. Leading the likes of these officers and men is a great experience and if it comes in War that is the best. 21 Years after my retirement I still salute each one of these brave men of 2 Raj Rif and the great commanding officers who have led the battalion before me and after me. We are very proud of the heritage of our battalion, which has come at a great cost of soldiers like Maj Vivek Gupta, MVC. If one analyzes the Kargil War, the battle of Tololing, and the act of bravery of these men and officers, I personally feel that Maj Vivek Gupta should have received PVC.

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27 Comments
  • Kailash joshi

    2019at1:02 pm Reply

    Belonging to army family if I was a soldier like major Vivek Gupta I must contribute like him as an army soldier and must make my nation,my pride as always shining star like him who is already shining in the sky as always so bright

  • दीपक सिंघल

    2019at10:24 pm Reply

    मेजर विवेक गुप्ता के लिए जो भी शब्द कहे जाए वो कम ही होंगे।यही कहूंगा कि एक हुतात्मा जो अपना फर्ज निभाकर पुनः अपने लोक को चली गयी।जय हिन्द जय भारत

  • Col s c Gupta ,Army Ordnance Corps, Hyderabab

    2019at6:59 pm Reply

    Maj Vivek Gupta , pride of our nation, a dedicated soldier like his father col BRS Gupta. Our Army and country men will never forget you.Ypu are the brightest star in the sky.

  • UMA SURVE

    2019at9:00 am Reply

    A BIG SALUTE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MAJOR VIVEK GUPTA. YOU WILL ALWAYS REMAIN IMMORTAL IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER.

  • Rajendra Kumar Agrawal

    2019at9:47 pm Reply

    My respect to Major Viveka Gupta , His Father and his Mother !

    Bhagwan Major Gupta ko Swarg mein jagaha de !

    Jai ShriRam

  • Rajendra Kumar Agrawal

    2019at10:21 pm Reply

    My big salute to supreme sacrifice of Major Vivek Gupta to save our nation !
    My respect to his father mother and other family members !

    I wish I could meet his parents !!

  • Rajendra Kumar Agrawal

    2019at10:25 pm Reply

    My respect to Major Vivek Gupta’ s supreme sacrifice to save our nation !

    How can I meet his parents !

  • Mayank Singhal

    2019at5:31 pm Reply

    Major Vivek Gupta has inspired many. His bravery and valour is unmatchable.

    Chah Nahin Mai SurBala Ke Gehnon Mein Guntha Jaaon.
    Chah Nahin Premi Mala Mein Bindh, Pyari Ko Lalchaon.
    Chah Nahin Samraton Ke Shav Par, He Hari Dala Jaaon.
    Chah Nahin Devon Ke Sar Par Chadhon, Bhagya Par Itraoon.
    Mujhey Tod Lena Banmali, Us Path Par Tum Dena Phaink,
    Matra Bhoomi Per Sheesh Chadhaney, Jis Path Jaayen Veer Anek.

  • Col Virendra Tavathia (Retd)

    2019at5:33 am Reply

    Dear All,
    As the Commanding Officer of Late Maj Vivek Gupta, MVC,(Posthumously) I have a lot of stories to share. Vivek Joined the Bn in June/July 1992 at Udaipur. Our youngsters had started a so called tradition (which I really did not know, since I had returned after almost 4 years after my Staff Course and BM’s tenure) in which the newly commissioned officer was to climb about a 12-14 feet pole over which they put his Cap and get his Cap. This was to be done during the dinning in after the officer was given excess liquor. What happened in Vivek’s case that these officers put grease on the pole. No one prior to Vivek had been able to get the Cap in that state. When I saw that I told these young officers that it is unfair to put grease on the pole. But guess what, Vivek climbed the pole got his Cap, and was the first one to do so. That showed the resolve of this brave heart. We were celebrating 175th Anniversary of the Bn’s raising in November 1992. I was the secretary of the event. We made a beautiful Silver Trophy to be presented to the officers mess by Officers. We as a team were discussing as to who must present this trophy to the Officer’s Mess. Everyone was talking about Col of the Regiment, or the Senior most officer from serving or retired officers to do so. There were apprehensions about the protocol and so on. An idea came to my mind, and I told the Commanding Officer that let youngest officer of the battalion present it for he is going to be with that Trophy for the maximum time, and my suggestion was accepted by the Commanding Officer. The 175th Anniversary Trophy in 2 Raj Rif officers mess was presented/ unveiled by then 2/Lt Vivek Gupta. I declined to go on my grade 1 tenure, as the unit for the first time in my service was scheduled to go active operations. So, from Jan 1992 I remained with the battalion till I took premature retirement in June 1998. During this period I had seen Vivek, Acharya, Mohit, Umed and Uttam and many more doing a great job with the Bn. Least I knew that I had a chance to command the battalion in actual War, and if I knew it, I would have completed the Command, and a dream would have come true. Leading the likes of these officers and men is a great experience and if it comes in War that is the best. 21 Years after my retirement I still salute each one of these brave men of 2 Raj Rif, and the great commanding officers who have led the battalion before me and after me. We are very proud of the heritage of our battalion, that has come at a great cost of soldiers like Maj Vivek Gupta, MVC. If one analysis the Kargil War, battle of Tololing, and the act of bravery of these men and officers, I personally feel that Maj Vivek Gupta should have received PVC.

  • Col Virendra Tavathia (Retd)

    2019at5:42 am Reply

    Another Episode to Remember Maj Vivek Gupta, MVC
    In 1994 Summer, I was officiating Commanding Officer of the Battalion in Kupwara Sector in High Altitude Area. Then Lt Vivek Gupta was the adjutant of the battalion. He was very unhappy as adjutant, since he was not getting a chance to be in active operations. One day, I was returning after visiting a forward post. Vivek called me and told me that a BSF party was engaged in some operations with terrorists, and we were asked to provide some help to them. I told him to send the QRT asap, fully equipping them for at least 48 hours. In between we had the areas where Radio Communication was not at its best. When I reached the Tac HQ, I found Adjutant missing from there. I asked the Sub Adjt as to where the Adjt is? He told me that he has himself has taken the QRT, and has reached the site of the operations. That was Vivek. He was a born soldier, a brave one and a dedicated one. He was an excellent Adjutant, did well as Instructor at Inf School. I was very fortunate to have officers like Maj Vivek Gupta, MVC and Maj Padmapani Acharya, MVC in the battalion. Both of them served as my adjutant. My most prestigious possession is a picture taken in summer of 1995 in High Altitude Area, where I am flanked by both of these braveheart. In their company I feel special till today. I can’t fill the location as I live in NJ USA.

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