Check out Subedar Bana Singh biography, birthday, family, wiki and some lesser known facts about his contribution to Indian victory Siachen Conflict also known as Operation Rajiv (1987)
- Name- Subedar Bana Singh
- Known for- Recipient of Param Vir Chakra
- Contribution- Conquered the highest Peak in Siachen glacier as part of Operation Rajiv
- Unit- 8 JAK LI
- Rank- Honorary Captain
- Important dates
- Birth- 6th January, 1949
- Important places
- Place of Birth- Kadyal, Jammu & Kashmir
- Education- NA
- Father- NA
- Mother- NA
- Wife- Smt. Ravinder Kaur
- Children- Rajinder Singh
Lesser known facts
- The post in question was the highest peak in the Siachen Glacier which was known as “Quaid Post” taken from “Quaid-E-Azam”, the honorary title given to Mohammed Ali Jinnah. The peak was 6500 Meters.
- The first operation to capture this peak was headed by Second Lieutenant Rajiv Pande. But, the operation was unsuccessful and 9 Indian soldiers from a company of 13 were killed.
- Successive operation to capture the peak was then called “Operation Rajiv” in the honor of martyred officer.
- After 2 more unsuccessful attempts, Major Varinder Singh and Bana Singh’s team led a final attack on the peak. Bana Singh and his team climbed a 457 meter high vertical ice wall and surprised the Pakistani soldiers as they didn’t anticipate any attack from that side.
- On the age of 18, Rajinder Singh, Bana Singh’s son followed the footsteps of his father and joined Indian Army.
- Even though Bana singh’s father was a farmer, his family had a long lineage of men fighting for their country. Some of his uncles served in Indian Army which motivated him to do the same.
- After the capture of “Quaid Post” from Pakistan, the peak was renamed as “Bana Post” in honor of Subedar Bana Singh and his display of exceptional courage and valor under such hostile circumstances.
- Operation Rajiv’s success could be measured in terms of the gallantry medals awarded to the soldiers who fought in it. Overall the operation results in grant of 1 PVC (Param Vir Chakra),1 MVC (Maha Vir Chakra), 7 VC (Vir Chakra) and 1 Sena Medal.
- Despite his contribution, Bana Singh had to protest against the measly pension of Rs. 166/Month that was given to him by his home state of Jammu & Kashmir. The neighboring states of Punjab and Haryana used to give Rs. 10000 as monthly pension to PVC winners.
- A stadium in RS Pura in Jammu was named after this brave soldier as “Bana Singh Memorial Stadium”.