Born on September 28, 1921, in a poor family living near Moga, Punjab, Joginder Singh was unable to complete his formal education due to his financial background. His parents Sher Singh Sahnan and Krishan Kaur run the family by farming their own land. He considered that being a soldier would do justice to his skills and joined the army to find his purpose.
Arms and the Man: Final Act
China’s intrusion over Tibet faced continuous protests from India, yet they continued with gathering forces and undaunted invasion strategy. Their troops occupied Indian territory, and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru asked for plans to tackle it.
The Chinese attacked in three waves on the 23rd October, hoping to blast through the handful or soldiers that were posted. But they did not imagine what kind of fight those few warriors could put up.
“When the situation became untenable Subedar Joginder Singh and the few men that were left in the position fixed bayonets and charged the advancing Chinese, bayoneting a number of them before he and his comrades were overpowered. Throughout this action, Subedar Joginder Singh displayed devotion to duty, inspiring leadership and bravery of the highest order.”
After he was awarded the Param Veer Chakra, the gallantry award for the highest order in India, the Chinese returned his ashes with full military honours to the battalion on 17 May 1963, which were later passed to his wife in Meerut.
A monument in his honour near the IB ridge speaks about his “unflinching devotion to duty and conspicuous act of Bravery.”
A film named “Subedar Joginder Singh” starring Gippy Grewal is currently being produced. The film is set to release on coming 6th April.