Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat, MVC was a posthumous recipient of the prestigious Maha Vir Chakra for his actions during the Sino-Indian War’s battle of Nuranang in present-day Arunachal Pradesh, India. On 17 November 1962, during the Battle of Nuranang in the North-East Frontier Agency, Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat was serving in the 4th battalion, 4th Garhwal Rifles (now Arunachal Pradesh). The 4th Garhwal Rifles had successfully repelled two People’s Liberation Army attacks on their position on that day. A Chinese medium machine gun (MMG) had approached the Indian defenders during the third intrusion and was firing accurately at their positions.
Rawat’s Bravery and Sacrifice
Rawat and Gusain, with the help of Negi’s cover fire, got within grenade-throwing distance of the machine gun position and eliminated the Chinese detachment of five sentries, capturing the MMG in the process. Gusain and Negi were killed on the way back, and Rawat was critically injured, however, he was able to return with the recovered weapon. The Chinese suffered 300 losses in the action, while the 4th Garhwal Rifles lost two soldiers and had eight more wounded.
When the Garhwal Rifles were ordered to leave the battleground after the Battle of Nuranang in the 1962 Indo-China war, a Braveheart from Uttarakhand resisted. With his daredevilry, he held the position and gave Chinese soldiers a terrible time. With his weapon, the valiant Indian soldier is claimed to have killed 300 Chinese soldiers. However, when the Chinese army learned that the station was being held by a single man rather than a large army, they decided to strike back with a vengeance. Jaswant was outmanned in the combat with the Chinese troops, and he shot himself when he realized he was about to be captured.
Jaswant Rawat’s valor was recognized by the construction of a memorial at the post where he fought the People’s Liberation Army but lost. “Jaswant Garh” was the title of the post he held.