The National Defence Academy (NDA) is one of the country’s premier institutes of India. In the last several years, this institute has produced many excellent officers who have made their name known by making unprecedented contributions to the country. NDA creates officers with high physical ability and strong mood, who can handle difficult situations easily. Here a youth is transformed into a first class officer.
Today on militarygyan.com we are going to tell you about those five officers of NDA who have got a place in the golden history of India through their valor.
Rakesh Sharma: Born in the year 1949, Rakesh Sharma joined the NDA in the year 1966 as an Air Force Cadet. He then joined the Indian Air Force in the year 1970 as a test pilot. He was made a squadron leader in the year 1984 after a 14-year job and the same year he also made his name in history. In 1984, he was selected as the first Indian astronaut and with this Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian to go into space.
He traveled to space on the Soviet space craft Salute 7 K. The conversation between Rakesh Sharma from space and the then Indian Prime Minister, the late Smt. Indira Gandhi, is still remembered today when the Prime Minister asked him what India is looking like from space and his reply was “Saare Jahan se Achcha, Hindostan Hamara”. . On his return from space, he was awarded the ‘Hero of Soviet Union’ and ‘Ashoka Chakra’ by the Government of India.
Vijay Kumar Singh: General VK Singh, one of the most popular military officers of the country, was born in the year 1951. Growing up in a military family, General VK Singh was received patriotic educated in his from his childhood. His brother, father and grandfather all three have served in the Indian Army. He had also been a part of NCC before joining NDA. The Indian Air Force was the first choice of General VK Singh, who worked in the Indian Army, but on the recommendation of his father, he was sent to the Indian Army. After joining the Indian Army in the year 1970, General VK Singh was relieved from the Indian Army job in the year 2012 but not with the service of the country. He then entered politics and is currently the Minister of State for External Affairs in the Modi government.
Sandeep Unnikrishnan: The name of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan is inscribed with golden letters in the history of NDA. Born in a Malayali family in the year 1977, Major Unnikrishnan always wanted to join the Indian Army. With this determination, he joined the NDA in 1995. In 2007, he was selected in the Special Action Group of the National Security Guards (NSG). Sandeep martial during while rescuing civilians from the Taj Hotel during the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai. After which he was awarded the highest gallantry award Ashoka Chakra.
Anuj Nayyar: Captain Anuj Nayyar’s might during the Kargil War made him immortal in India’s history. Captain Anuj Nayyar, one of the meritorious students of Army Public School Dhaula Kuan, did very well from childhood as well as in sports. After enrolling in the NDA in 1997, he was enrolled in the Jat Regiment. During the Kargil war in 1999, he killed 9 Pakistani soldiers, demonstrating amazing valor. He was awarded the Paramveer Chakra, India’s second highest gallantry award, for his heroism.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: The name of Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been written in golden letters in the Indian sports world. He holds the record for India’s first individual silver medal in the Olympics. After graduating from NDA, he joined the Indian Military Academy. During which he was awarded the Sikh Regiment Gold Medal and Sword of Honor. He retired from the Indian Army in 2013, after which he entered Indian politics. In the first cabinet of Modi government, he took charge as Minister of Information and Broadcasting. Presently, he is a Member of Parliament from Jaipur Rural Lok Sabha constituency.
Apart from this, many NDA officers have made a distinct identity in Indian history from their valor.
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