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New Delhi: Even as Union Home Minister Amit Shah paid tributes to the martyrs of the Pulwama terrorist attack on Tuesday, it was the occasion to remember yet another hero of Jammu and Kashmir.
When Pathan tribals along with the Pakistan Army invaded the then kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir during the India-Pakistan war of 1947–1948, the brave but poorly equipped military forces of the Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh offered fierce resistance.
But the invading force from Pakistan, which had the tacit support of the British, had a disproportionate advantage in terms of sheer numbers and military equipment.
It was at this juncture that Brigadier Rajinder Singh Jamwal, an officer in the Jammu and Kashmir State Forces, etched his name in history with such conspicuous and audacious bravery that he is still remembered as a legendary warrior by generations since.
Fondly remembered as the Saviour of Kashmir, Brigadier Rajinder Singh Jamwal and his troops fought till the last man in a fierce battle with the Pakistan forces from October 23, 1947, to October 26, 1947.
For three days, they repelled waves of attack by the Pakistan forces and stood tall until the last man and last bullet.
Their audacious actions prevented the district of Uri from being captured by Pakistan. As a result, the advance of the Pakistan forces towards Srinagar was slowed down considerably.
With the Maharaja of Kashmir signing the instrumentation of annexation with India on October 27, 1947, the Indian Army quickly sent in troops to support the forces of Brigadier Rajinder Singh.
Those three days when Brigadier Rajinder Singh and his men forced the advance by the Pakistan forces to come to a grinding halt were crucial because it prevented Srinagar from being captured by the invaders.
But for the extreme bravery of Brigadier Rajinder Singh and his lionhearted troops, Kashmir might never have been a part of India.
Brigadier Rajinder Singh was posthumously honored with the Maha Vir Chakra by the then Indian Army chief Field Marshall K.M.Carriapa on December 30, 1949.