2008 Shivaji-FACT Award of Courage

2 03 2008

On 26th June 1987, Subedar Major Bana Singh led his platoon on the Siachen glacier, at a height of nearly 5000 metres, against a Pakistani post which was threatening Indian security. The post was virtually an impregnable glacier fortress with ice walls, high, on either side. Lobbing hand-grenades, charging with a bayonet and moving from trench to trench, he cleared the post of all intruders. For this act of valor Bana Singh Captain Bana Singh received from the hands of H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar the 2008 Shivaji-FACT Award of Courage

For more info on the proud Siachen man see the liks here

Rediff interview by Claude Arpi

Indian army website PVC

Rediff column on PVC Bana singh

The Shivaji Fact Award

10 02 2008

The Shivaji Fact Award

FACT has instituted an annual Shivaji FACT award of Courage, given to person(s) / Institutions who have embodied Shivaji’s virtues of courage, fearlessness, devotion to Mother India, respect for all. The first one will be awarded by HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the 12th of March in Mumbai when he opens the Shivaji conference/exhibition.
Shivaji, was endowed with talents of the highest order and a clear vision, the only one who stood-up to the injustice. He had also an inspiring and endearing personality which spontaneously commanded respect, loyalty and the highest sacrifices from his devoted soldiery and peasants.

Shivaji is relevant today because embodied all the qualities that politicians should possess, but do not always have: he was just, firm and stood for the weak; he was an honest and able administrator; he confronted the enemy and was not cowed into submission; he was devoted to Mother India, who appeared to him as Bhavani; he was ruthless with his enemies, but spared women, children and his own people; he had respect for all religions.

12th March, 4 PM, Ravindra Natya Mandir, Mumbai
Award bestowed by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
In the presence of Shri Uddhav Thackeray, Shri Narendra
Modi & Shri Gopinath Munde