Lt Gen(Retd) Zorawar Chand Bakshi, PVSM, MVC, Vr.C, VSM, Vr.C, Indian Army

Lt Gen(Retd) Zorawar Chand Bakshi, PVSM, MVC, Vr.C, VSM

Zorawar Chand Bakshi was awarded the VrC for his brave actions during the hostilities in J&K in 1948.

During the Indo-Pak conflict of 1965, Brigadier Zorawar Chand Bakshi was commander of a brigade employed on the difficult task of capturing Basali, Haji Pir Pass and Kahuta, which was vital for the Uri-Poonch link-up.

The road connecting Uri and Poonch via Haji Pir had deteriorated due to disuse and at some places it had disintegrated. There was no direct route for an approach to Haji Pir except over the mountain ranges. Haji Pir at an altitude of 9000 feet had strong enemy defensive positions forward of it and flanking it.

Throughout, Brigadier Bakshi remained foremost. As soon as an objective was captured, he was there personally to guide and help in the reorganisation. Many a time, though enemy shelling was intense and continuous, he remained in the forefront without regard for his personal safety. After the capture of Haji Pir, he moved forward his tactical headquarters immediately, though he knew that the enemy would most certainly counter-attack it viciously.

Throughout this operation, Brigadier Bakshi displayed a high standard of planning and tactical skill, combined with outstanding leadership, determination and camaraderie in sharing the hardships of his troops, which was in the highest traditions of the Indian Army. For this he was awarded the MVC.