The epic saga of Captain Anuj Nayyar, MVC, the Tiger of Drass
NEW DELHI, March 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The book captures Anuj’s journey of barely twenty-three years, during which he transformed from a reserved but righteous child to a gem of a military professional.
Non-fiction/Biography | 200 pp | INR 299 | Paperback
Co-author Meena Nayyar says, “I don’t need anything in this world but to see my son’s face once more. He left us too soon. Writing this book is the least I could have done for him. His memories will forever be preserved in these pages.”
Co-author Himmat Singh Shekhawat says, “Our men in uniform perform selfless acts of valor without asking anything in return. These brave men and women should be honoured for their sacrifice. The freedom and liberty we enjoy is much because of them who dedicate their lives to protecting the nation.”
ABOUT THE BOOK
In May 1999, the Kargil insurgency was still being viewed as a routine affair. No one quite understood the magnitude of the situation. However, it soon emerged that infiltrators had captured high-altitude posts vacated by Indian soldiers during the winter months and thus had a tactical upper hand, while the Indian Army struggled with intelligence.
For the next month or so, Capt. Anuj Nayyar and the men of 17 Jat went on various reconnaissance missions in the boulder-strewn Drass sector where enemy troops had set up base. They fought relentlessly in a gruesome battle for two nights in July, before securing the peak that was critical to the success of Operation Vijay and India’s victory in Kargil. Amid heavy artillery and mortar fire, they destroyed four enemy bunkers and neutralized tens of infiltrators in close combat. During the attack on the fourth bunker, the twenty-three-year-old captain was hit by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade, dying instantly but saving the lives of fifteen men in the process, who eventually finished the mission and hoisted the Indian flag on the peak.
For motivating his command by personal example and going beyond the call of duty, Capt. Anuj Nayyar was awarded India’s second-highest gallantry award, the Maha Vir Chakra, in 2000.
This is his story.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Meena Nayyar is the mother Capt. Anuj Nayyar, MVC – a retired librarian of Delhi University, a protective mother and a loving wife. For almost two decades, she had locked Anuj away in her memories. The pain of losing her son was too much to talk about, let alone write a book. It was only after she met Himmat that she started remembering him openly, without guilt. She continues to run Kargil Heights Filling Station as a tribute to her brave son.
Himmat Singh Shekhawat has made it his life’s mission to help the families of fallen soldiers and share their stories with the world. Along with Shivaditay Modi, he is the founder of Rashtriya Riders, a biking group that pays tribute to the men and women in uniform. He is currently working with MakeMyTrip.
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