Brigadier S.K. Razdan to be Major General in Indian Army

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Disabled Brigadier S.K. Razdan to be Major General in Indian Army
New Delhi March 20, 2009

This brave wheelchair-bound officer went on to become a brigadier. And now, Brig Razdan has been approved to become a major-general of 1.13-million strong Indian Army.
n a historic first, a paraplegic Indian Army is set to promote an officer in a wheelchair –Brigadier S.K. Razdan (55) – to the rank of major general. Razdan suffered a spinal injury during a gunfight in Kashmir 15 years ago on October 8, his birthday.

It left the paratrooper paralyzed from the waist downwards. But his daring effort on that day won him the Kirti Chakra, India’s second highest peacetime gallantry award.

While this is not the first time that physically challenged officers have reached high ranks, with at least two having even become senior three-star officers or Lt-Generals, the feat is possible only through steely determination and sheer grit.

Taking on terrorists, he saved the lives of 14 women in that 16-hour operation at Damal Kunzipur. Col (retd) S.M. Sud, Razdan’s senior from 7 Para, said: “He can neither stand nor walk, but Razdan is a soldier’s soldier.
”Razdan would often tell his friends about how he had cheated death, but sometimes he regretted not being a martyr. Army Base Hospital Commandant Maj Gen B.K. Chopra, who has treated Razdan, said, “His disability hasn’t dulled his soldierly instincts.

”Razdan will officially pick up the two-star rank as soon as there is a vacancy. Amputee officers have been made generals before but not wheelchair-bound soldiers.

Col (retd) S.M. Sud, Razdan’s senior from 7 Para, said: “He can neither stand nor walk, but Razdan is a soldier’s soldier.”

Army Base Hospital Commandant Maj Gen B.K. Chopra, who has treated Razdan, said, “His disability hasn’t dulled his soldierly instincts.”


by Narendra Singh in NR
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Congratulations to Brigadier Razdan on this achievement. You made us proud.
Added By Sandeep Koul
Steel nerves wth iron blood ; family determination shd be NO less; 1 of my inspirations.....
Added By dr ramesh razdan
Feel Proud about you Sir
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Feel Proud about you Sir
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