Independence Day awards(August 15, 2000), Indian Airforce
Independence Day awards 2001

Prime Minister A.B.Vajpayee is welcomed by the three services chiefs as he arrives for Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in Delhi.

NEW DELHI, Aug 15, 2000(taken from "The Tribune"): One Mahavir Chakra, two Kirti Chakras, three Vir Chakras and 22 Shaurya Chakras are among the 139 gallantry awards announced for armed forces personnel on the occasion of the Independence Day.

The President has also approved 108 mention-in despatches to recognise exemplary performance in Operation Vijay, Operation Rakshak and Operation Meghdoot.

Mahavir Chakra has been awarded to Capt Gurjinder Singh Suri of 12 Bihar who laid down his life on November 9, 1999, after displaying extraordinary leadership, raw courage and grit when militants attacked a forward defended locality in the Gulmarg sector of Kashmir.

The officer who belonged to Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh was hit by a rocket propelled grenade but refused to be evacuated and continued to fight the militants. Seventeen militants of the Mujahideen battalion were killed, two of them by Capt Suri.

Maha Vir Chakra
Capt Gurjinder Singh Suri*

Kirti Chakra
Major Deepak Mehra
Capt Amit Semwal*

Vir Chakra
Major Gopal Singh Chundawat
Sub Ujeen Singh Shekhawat*
Jawan Manoj Kumar Singh*

Shaurya Chakra
Lt Col Ajit Bhandarkar*
Major M.C. Muthana*
Major Harmeet Singh Sidhu
Major B.S. Rathore
Capt A. Narendran Nair
Capt Aditya Srivastava
Sub Ram Bahadur Thapa
Sub Khushal Singh
Sub Dalip Singh*
Sub Ved Prakash*
Hav Zile Singh
Hav Jagdev Singh*
Hav Bhinwa Raj*
Lance Hav Tara Bahadur*
Lance Naik Ranjodh Singh*
Jawan T.M. Morotrao*
Rifleman Suraj Mal*
Gunner Suresh Chand
Lt Varun Singh
Vijay Singh Rawat
Sqn Ldr Santosh Kumar Ebenezer
Umesh Rabha*

Yuddh Seva Medal
Col Kunwar Shiv Pratap Singh

Sena Medal(Bar)
Lt Col Dinesh Kumar Bishnoi
Capt Sukhbir Singh

Sena Medal (gallantry)
Col Satish Kumar Bhardwaj
Col Shravan Kumar Patyal
Col Kashmir Singh Rana
Major Dharam Pal Singh Raghava
Major Devendra Singh Mankoti
Major Lav Mohan Joshi
Major Sarabjit Singh Bakshi
Major Danvir Singh
Major Digvijay Singh Sumal*
Major H.S Sree Krishna Kumar
Major George Poulose
Major Gaurav
Major Anuj Lal Maini
Major Narinder Dagar
Major Karan Singh
Major Himanshu Sawant
Capt Pranjeet Goel
Capt Surjeet Singh
Capt Tejinder Singh Bawa
Capt Tejinder Pal Singh Sohal
Capt Pingili Himavanth Reddy
Capt Milan Vinayak Nalawade
Capt Kailash Sagar
Capt Kumar Ankur
Capt Shailesh Rialch*
Capt Pushpinder Singh Sandhu
Capt Rajiv Chaudhary
Lieut Pramod R. Ambasana
Lieut Prateek Acharya*
Lieut Manoharan T.
Lieut Devashishdikshit
Sub Sukhdev Singh
Sub Balbir Singh*
Sub Uttam Singh
Sub Raj Bahadur Singh*
Sub Joginder Singh
Sub Ranjit Singh Rana
Sub Aler Singh
Naib Sub Joginder Singh
Naib Sub Ramasamy Arumugam
Naib Sub Bhakta Hari Das
Naib Sub Mohd Idress Khan
Naib Sub Pirtha Bahadur Chhetri
Company Hav Major Madhan Chand
Hav Padmeswar Saikia
Hav Purna Bahadur Thapa
Hav Ram Singh Shekhawat*
Hav Bharat Singh*
Hav Hira Singh
Hav Matikumar Shrestha
Naik Shingara Singh
Naik Ashok Bhimappa Jadav*
Naik Rajender Singh*
Naik Gulzar Singh*
Naik Rashpal Singh*
Lance Naik Mast Ram
Lance Naik Ramulu
Lance Naik Mangaloor Mallappa
Lance Naik Maske Bharat Baban*
Lance Naik Nachhattar Singh
Lance Naik Rajendra Singh
Lance Naik Ram Dular Yadav*
Lance Naik Vakil Kumar Singh
Lance Naik Sikander Singh
Lance Naik Bishwa Ram Kuwar
Jawan Ashok Kumar*
Jawan Jaswant Singh
Jawan Jasbir Singh*
Jawan Nachhattar Singh
Jawan Balihar Singh*
Jawan Jadhav Jagannath Changdeo*
Jawan Sudeer B.K*
Jawan Sake Sachindra Savalaram*
Jawan Joginder Singh*
Jawan Shamsher Singh
Jawan Rameshchandra Singh*
Jawan Jagat Singh*
Jawan Jagat Singh
Jawan Ram Singh*
Jawan Bhosle Pradip Shankar Rao*
Jawan Charanjit Singh
Jawan Sanjay Kumar Kalichand Wakchaure
Craftsman Parveen Kumar*
Rifleman Krishan Singh
Rifleman Rama Nand
Rifleman Yogendra Singh*
Rifleman Sundar Singh
Rifleman Padam Bahadur Ghale*
Rifleman Ujjar Singh Rana
Rifleman Anter Singh*
Rifleman Khazir Mohd Bhat
Rifleman Mohd Sayeed
Rifleman Chuni Lal
Rifleman Narinder Singh Gill
Sowar Prem Lal
Sowar Nagar Mal Saini*
Gunner Chhote Lal Singh*

Nao Sena Medal
Lt Cdr Utpal Datta
Lt Dharambir Singh Sihag*
Lt Mahattam Ram
Lt Mahavir Singh*
Lt Kundan Singh Majgaine

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Prashant Eknath Patange
Sqn Ldr Kailash Gurao
Flt Lt Rajat Saha