India’s most fearless and brave-hearted son Major Mohit Sharma was born on 13 January 1978 in Rohtak, Haryana.
He was the second child of his parents Mr. Rajendra Prasad Sharma and Mrs. Sushila Sharma. His nickname in the family was “Chintu”.
Childhood Life & Education
He was very talented from his childhood. He took every task assigned to him as a challenge and accomplish it very finely. He was good at playing guitar, mouth organ & never step back to bind his audience with his melodious voice. Singing Hemant Kumar’s songs as well as playing them on his mouth organ was his passion. He started his education at Manav Sthali School, New Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi. After which he took admission in Holy Angles’ School, Sahibabad for a year, and from where he took admission in DPS Ghaziabad & completed his 12th from there. After completing 12th, he took admission in Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering, Shegaon, Maharashtra.
Parallelly, he cleared NDA written examination followed by the SSB exam left the college, and joined the National Defence Academy (NDA) to pursue his lifelong dream.
Life In National Defence Academy (NDA) From Chintu To Mike
Chintu in family, Major Mohit Sharma was known as Mike in between his colleagues in NDA & this name was associated with him. in between his colleagues in NDA & this name was associated with him. During his training, he excelled in multiple activities including swimming, boxing, and horse riding.
His favorite horse name was “Indira”. He, under the training of Col. Bhawani Singh, became the champion of horse riding. He was also the winner in boxing under the featherweight category as well as one of the best swimmers.
After completing his training at NDA, he continues his journey for excellence in IMA (Indian Military Academy) where he was awarded an appointment of the rank of BCA (Battalion Cadet Adjutant). For his excellent performance, he got a chance to meet the then honorable President of India Shri K.R Narayanan at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
He passed out from IMA on 11th December 1999 as a lieutenant and got commissioned in the Madras Regiment (5 Madras) with first posting at Hyderabad from where he went on to serve the motherland country with 38 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) in Kashmir as the part of country insurgency operation where he received his first medal for Gallantry COASM (Chief of Army Staff Commendation Medal) in the year 2002.
Major Mohit Sharma In Special Forces (SF)
- Major Mohit Sharma always wanted to join 1 PARA SF- the elite force of the Indian Army in June 2003. After completing his three years of successful Military service, Major Mohit go for the Para SF and became a Para Commando in June 2003, followed by promotion to captain on 11 December 2003.
Two To The Chest, One To The Head:- The Story Of Aka Iftikhar Bhatt
Not Mohit neither Chintu nor Mike, it’s Iftikhar Bhatt.
Hizbul Mujahideen, a terrorist organization was in the chance to infiltrate some terrorists in India and make attacks on the Armed forces of India. Major Mohit Sharma got inputs about this. Major make a plan to know about the depth of plan of activities by terrorists. For this purpose, He grew his beard long to look like he was one of them.
A young Kashmiri lad Iftikhar Bhatt, with shoulder-length hair and a long beard wearing the traditional Kashmiri Pheran, approached the havoc terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen in Shopian, Kashmir during the year 2003.
When he was asked why he wanted to fight the Indian army, he threw the choicest expletives at the Indian army in Chaste Kashmiri, told the army to be responsible for the death of his brother in the stone-pelting incident. And further added that he wanted to take revenge on the army, that’s why he wanted to join this terrorist group. Terrorists verified his story and found it to be true and they started giving him training. Iftikhar Bhatt easily won everyone trust’s. He was taken to Pakistan for further training. After rigorous training, he was given chance to cross LOC and carry out an attack on an Indian army Outpost. In 2004, he convinced Abu Sabjar and Abu Torara (war names), commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen to commence the attack and make a plan for this.
Abu Sabjar though had doubt on how this young guy can make such a brilliant plan and started questioning him. Sensing distrust the young lad gave them his AK-47 and said they can shoot him if they don’t trust him and making the terrorists in confusion. He walked a couple of steps away, pulled his Tokarev 9mm pistol, and shot them both dead. Two to the chest, one to the head- just how the special forces are trained to do.
Encounter Operation At Kupwara
Getting inputs from intelligence about the infiltration attempt by some terrorists in Kupwara district security forces launched a search and destroy operation on 21 March 2009. Major was leading his assault team in the Kupwara district of J&K.
In heavy exchange of fire, four commandos were wounded very badly. Major without concern for his safety, crawled and recovered two soldiers to safety. He threw grenades and killed two terrorists but was shot in the chest. In this worse condition, he directed his commandos and in close combat even he killed two more terrorists. However, in this fierce encounter, Major Mohit Sharma made the supreme sacrifice.
Top 13 Interesting Facts About Major Mohit Sharma
The childhood name of Major Mohit Sharma was “Chintu”.
Major was called “Mike” by his colleagues in NDA.
For his excellent performance, he was given the chance to meet the then honorable President of India Shri K.R Narayanan at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
During his training, he excelled in multiple activities including swimming, boxing, and horse riding.
His favorite horse name was “Indira”.
He, under the training of Col. Bhawani Singh, became the champion of horse riding. He was also the winner in boxing under the featherweight category.
After passing from IMA Major joined the 38 Rashtriya Rifles.
After servicing for three years, Major opted for the Para SF and became a Para Commando in June 2003, followed by promotion to captain from a lieutenant on 11 December 2003.
Major camouflaged himself as Aka Iftikhar Bhatt for a covered operation against the terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen.
The AC stands for Ashoka Chakra which Major awarded posthumously for his service to the nation.
The SM stands for the Sena Medal for a covert operation in 2005.
Major made supreme sacrifice in the service of the nation in encounter operation in the Kupwara district of J&K.
In 2019, Delhi Metro Corporation renamed the Rajendra Nagar Metro Station as “Major Mohit Sharma metro station”.