Meet the man who paid homage to Kargil War martyrs in unique way
Dr Pradeep Bhardwaj, a resident of Shubham apartments in Sector 12, Dwarka, paid his homage to the martyrs of Kargil War in a very unique way by doing extremely tough rafting in Indus River. Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on July 26.
He did rafting of 210 kilometers. He said that it was the longest white water expedition and that is why it has also been included in the ‘India Book of Records’. Dr Pradeep Bhardwaj is the CEO of Six Sigma High Altitude Medical Service.
Dr Bhardwaj said, “To commemorate India's victory at Kargil, I performed this rafting which is world’s longest white water rafting performed at the height of 15,000 feet in Indus River at Leh-Ladakh. I chose this place and the river because the Kargil War happened there and I wanted to pay tribute to the martyrs in that particular region.”
On the occasion of 20 years of Kargil War victory, Dr Pradeep Bhardwaj said, “This is a great honour for me to perform the longest 210 km non stop white water rafting at Nyoma to Nimu Leh. This task was very tough. Indus River temperature was in minuses and rapids were very dangerous. There was a threat of even death also. The chances of Hypothermia was very high because of ice melted water in the Indus River.”
After completion of this rare task, at the bank of Indus River in Leh, Dr Bhardwaj was honoured by the GOC Northern Command, Lt Gen. YK Joshi, AVSM, VrC, SM (Gen Joshi led 13th battalion of the JAK Rifle in Dras, JK during Kargil War and in the movie LOC Kargil, he was portrayed by Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt).
Momento of Parashu Brigade, letter of appreciation, was given by Brig Arindam Saha (Sena Medal), Col VH Tendulkar, Commanding Officer, 3 Medium Regiment of Indian Army.
Dr Bhardwaj traversed from an altitude varying from 13,700 feet to 10,300 feet crossing a number of grade four rapids, enduring inclement weather and sub-zero temperatures of the Indus River.
The Kargil war was declared over on July 26, 1999, after Indian soldiers pushed back the Pakistani troops. We are proud of Indian Army which fought a deadly short war in these high altitude rugged, remote and inhospitable sectors and reclaimed all our posts.
Dr Pradeep Bhardwaj is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad. He is one of the few young leaders, who have made a mark for themselves, without having a godfather in the high altitude healthcare industry.
He was trained by Indian Army, Air Force, ITBP and BSF in rough territories of Himalaya. He was honoured by the President of India and Prime Minister of India. He is the recipient of 10 National and 5 International awards. Recently, he received National e-Governance Award by Government of India.