Service No: 4039009

Date of Birth: Aug 19,1941

Place of Birth:Pauri Garhwal, (UK)

Service: Army

Last Rank : Rifleman

Unit: 4 Garh Rif

Arm/Regt: The Garhwal Rifles

Award : MVC

Date of Martyrdom : 17 Nov 1962

Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat MVC

Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat was born on 19 August 1941 to Shri Guman Singh Rawat, at village Baryun in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Rfn Jaswant Singh joined Indian Army on 19 Aug 1960 at the age of 19 years. He was recruited into 4 Garhwal Rifles of the famed Garhwal Rifles Regiment, known for its gallantry and many battle honours in various operations.  During 1962 Indo-China war, Rfn Jaswant Singh’s unit was deployed in the NEFA region.

 

When the troops of Garhwal Rifles were given the command to return back from Battle of Nuranang, a 21-year-old Sepoy from the unit refused to leave the battleground. In a display of rare courage, he held the post and gave a tough time to the Chinese soldiers with his dare-devilry. Rfn Jaswant Singh was martyred in the battle, but fought courageously for three days, and almost to the last man.

 

Battle of Nuranang: Nov 1962

 

It was the last phase of the war in November 1962, and the Army units facing the enemy were struggling with a shortage of manpower and ammunition. On 17 Nov Rfn Jaswant Singh’s battalion was subjected to repeated Chinese assaults. A Chinese medium machine gun (MMG) located at a vantage point close to the A company lines was proving to be a dangerous menace. Rfn Jaswant, Lance Naik Trilok Singh Negi, and RFN Gopal Singh Gusain decided to neutralize the threat and went after the Chinese MMG.

 

Rfn Jaswant Singh along with his comrades using their best field craft skills crawled towards the bunker housing the MMG. After approaching within 12 meters from the MMG, Rfn Jaswant threw grenades at the bunker, killing a number of Chinese soldiers and capturing the MMG. Rfn Jaswant Singh took the MMG and began crawling back towards the Indian lines but was fatally hit by Chinese automatic fire when nearing safety.

 

Rfn Jaswant Singh was martyred but his daredevil action silenced the MMG and a major threat was neutralized. This turned the course of the battle and eventually the Chinese retreated, suffering a loss of 300 soldiers. Rfn Jaswant Singh was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his exceptional bravery, unyielding fighting spirit, and supreme sacrifice. Rfn Jaswant Singh’s unit, 4 Garhwal Rifles was awarded the battle honour Nuranang, the only battle honour awarded to an Army unit in the Sino-Indian war of 1962.

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

On 17 November 1962, a battalion of Garhwal Rifles was occupying a defensive position near the Nuranang bridge in NEFA. Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat’s company was subjected to a series of attacks by the Chinese forces. The enemy managed to bring forward a medium machine gun very close to one of our platoons and weakened its defenses. Rifleman Jaswant Singh and two other men volunteered to go and destroy the enemy MMG position. They crawled forward and within 10 to 15 yards of the gun, Rifleman Jaswant Singh and the other riflemen hurled grenades on it, killing two Chinese and badly wounding the other. Rifleman Rawat then snatched the MMG and started to return to his position. The enemy opened automatic fire from close range. Rifleman Jaswant Singh was hit on the head and died on the spot, still holding the MMG in his hand.

The exceptional courage and initiative shown by Rifleman J.S. Rawat in the face of intense enemy fire were in the best traditions of our Army.

The post where Rfn Jaswant Singh fought his last battle is now named as Jaswant Garh. Among the local populace Rifleman, Jaswant is known as Baba Jaswant Singh Rawat. His personal belongings have been kept safe even today at Jaswant Garh. Five soldiers are specially assigned to take care of Rfn Jaswant Singh’s room. Though the room is empty, soldiers place the morning bed tea at 4.30 AM, prepare breakfast at 9 am and dinner at 7 pm. According to army sources, it is discovered that bedsheets of his room are found crumpled and his clothes lay scattered in the room.

 

The people of the army in the local units still believe that Rifleman Jashwant Singh Rawat still guards the post as a spirit and has been guiding Indian soldiers in dreams. He is the only soldier who has been promoted to the rank of Major general after his death. His salary is credited every month and most strange of all, he is even granted official leave on various occasions.

 

The Housing project of Jaswant Nagar in Dehra Dun has been named after rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat in his honour.

  • Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat of the Fourth Garhwal Rifles infantry regiment is the only soldier in the long history of the Indian army who is known to have risen through the ranks after his death. It is said that the brave Indian soldier had slain a large number of Chinese soldiers with his rifle. But when the Chinese army got the hint that it was not a massive army, but a lone soldier who was holding the post, they decided to retaliate with a vengeance. In the battle between the Chinese troops, Rfn Jaswant was outnumbered and realizing that his capture was imminent, he shot himself. The Chinese battalion was so furious and hated this Indian soldier that they chopped his head off and took it with them. Later a ceasefire took place between India and China. The Chinese army was so amazed by his courage that they returned the head of the soldier back to Indian army along with a brass bust in honour of this brave soldier.
  • As per the local legend, Jaswant Singh Rawat refrained from leaving his post and decided to single-handedly confront the gigantic Chinese army. The local story goes that he was assisted by two Monpa girls named Sela and Nura, some others say by a village lady by the name of Boom la. They had put guns at various places in such a manner that the Chinese were made to believe that the post had many soldiers. Rfn Jaswant Singh Rawat along with Sela and Nura used to run at different spots and fire at the enemies. The attack of Rfn Jaswant was proving fatal for Chinese. They were clueless about the size of Indian army, but a betrayal proved fatal for Rfn Jaswant. The person who was supplying rations to Rfn Jaswant was caught by the Chinese and he revealed all the details of Rfn Jaswant Singh Rawat and his two comrades – Sela and Nura. With a vengeance, the Chinese army retaliated in which Sela was killed in a grenade burst. As per another Legend , Sela died by jumping off from the cliff to avoid getting captured by Chinese. Sela had an emotional corner for Rfn Jaswant and it was her love for him that she fought till her last breath. In this battle for nation, even Nura was killed by the Chinese forces.

 

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28 Comments
  • Prakash Singh

    2020at10:47 pm Reply

    I salute of jaswant Singh Rawat one of the real hero of india

    • AARYAN MEEL

      2020at9:54 pm

      JAI HIND JAI BHARAT

  • Raj Singh

    2020at10:18 pm Reply

    Really I salute sir rifleman jaswat singh

  • Shantanu Bhattacharya

    2020at1:37 am Reply

    Bravest of the Brave. I salute to Rifle Man Jaswant Singh Rawat. This nation will never forget your sacrifice.

    • Onkar ugle

      2020at12:51 am

      I hear or see diffrent stories every where…
      Wikipedia only states about the MMG and other sites and movies state that he fought for 72hrs alone.
      Are both the things correct or just the MMG neutralize story.
      Anyways
      Salute to the brave son of India.

  • Namita Sharma

    2020at9:41 pm Reply

    Been to Jaswantgarh.
    He seems to be very very much there.
    Salute

    • Himanshu Panwar

      2020at6:35 am

      Jai Badri vishaal, salute you rm Rawat bravest ever soilder

    • SAMBIT DASH

      2020at12:37 am

      I salute gen Jaswant Singh Rawat ji …for bravery showed by him …I always hear his story from my father since my childhood

  • Atanu Mandal

    2020at12:35 am Reply

    A big salute to the brave soldier. A truly inspiring, fearless, intelligent soldier who fought tirelessly for the nation. Jai Hind !!

    • Sanket Daki

      2020at5:54 pm

      I Salute to Sir Jaswant sing Rawat….he is Brave Man ….

    • BHAGENDRA SINGH

      2020at12:47 am

      I bow to you ….u r a brave soldier and u will be forever …..we need the brave like u…..who never give a second thought of giving up just because of us , our Bharat ….
      Aapki Maa dhanya h aap jesa beta paakar …………..Brave like u are the proofs of Indian blood who r always ready to sacrifice everything for karambhoomi ….
      Jai Hind …
      Aap baarmbaar Bharat Mata m Janam le …..or isi prkar name Roshan kre ……
      Mnn krta h likhta rhun …..
      JAI HIND RIFLEMAN JASWANT SINGH RAWAT JAI HIND …………..

  • Arjun

    2020at7:01 pm Reply

    Sir maine apke upr bani movie dekh kr bahut garv hua apke upr dil se salute hai

  • ANUJ MALIK

    2020at12:03 am Reply

    A big salute to the brave soldier. A truly inspiring, fearless, intelligent soldier who fought tirelessly for the nation. Jai Hind !!

    • Surbhi Aggarwal

      2020at12:26 am

      Always heard your stories from my dadi n watched your movie today.. No words would be sufficient to show our pride in having you as our country man….

  • विशाल यादव

    2020at6:36 am Reply

    मैं हृदय की गहराई से राईफलमैन जसवंत सिंह रावत जी को नमन करता हूँ! वे हमारे और हमारी आने वाली पीढ़ियों के लिए प्रेरणास्रोत रहेंगे!
    राइफलमैन जसवंत सिंह रावत अमर रहें
    जय हिंद

  • Mehul gupta

    2020at11:34 pm Reply

    The best soldier in the world .He will never die he will always will be in our heart.

  • manish tiwari

    2020at10:15 pm Reply

    He is greatest Person and his story too much inspired to us. Lot of Salute for you.

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