21 Param Vir Chakra awardees who have been immortalised at Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Parakram Diwas
The largest unnamed island was named after Major Somnath Sharma, the first Param Vir Chakra awardee. The second largest unnamed island bears the name of Subedar Karam Singh, the second Param Vir Chakra awardee.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Parakram Diwas, named the 21 largest unnamed islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands after 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees. To recall, Prime Minister Modi had, during a visit to the Andaman & Nicobar islands in 2018, renamed Ross Islands as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep.
The exercise was undertaken to honour the contributions and memories of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and revisit the historical significance of the islands. Back then, Havelock Island and Neil Island too were renamed Swaraj Dweep and Shaheed Dweep.
The decision to name the 21 largest unnamed islands of the island group after 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees is aimed at paying due respect and recognising the efforts of the country's real-life heroes. According to the government, the gesture is a special tribute to the heroes who made difficult sacrifices to protect the country's integrity and sovereignty.
The largest unnamed island has been named after Major Somnath Sharma, the first Param Vir Chakra awardee. The second largest unnamed island bears the name of Subedar Karam Singh, the second Param Vir Chakra awardee.
Let us take a look at the complete list of 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees, after whom the unnamed islands of Andaman and Nicobar will now be known.
1) Major Somnath Sharma
2) Subedar and Honorary Captain (then Lance Naik) Karam Singh
3) Second Lt. Rama Raghoba Rane
4) Nayak Jadunath Singh
5) Company Havildar Major Piru Singh
6) Capt GS Salaria
7) Lt Col (then Major) Dhan Singh Thapa
8) Subedar Joginder Singh
9) Major Shaitan Singh
10) CQMH. Abdul Hamid
11) Lt Col Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore
12) Lance Naik Albert Ekka
13) Major Hoshiar Singh
14) 2nd Lt. Arun Khetrapal
15) Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon
16) Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran
17) Naib Subedar Bana Singh
18) Captain Vikram Batra
19) Lt Manoj Kumar Pandey
20) Subedar Major (then Rifleman) Sanjay Kumar
21) Subedar Major Retd (Honorary Captain) Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav