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Sub Maj Mohinder Singh (Retd): A Brave Soldier of the Nation


By Chaman Lal Sharma

Sub Maj Mohinder Singh (Retd) is a name that embodies bravery and dedication to the nation. Born on November 3, 1963, in the village of Bann, District Kathua, Singh served in the Indian Army from September 11, 1982, to September 30, 2012, as part of the Corps of Signals. His service took him to Delhi, Jabalpur, , and Bhopal. He holds academic qualifications including an M.A. in English, an MBA in HR, and a B.Ed. Singh is married to Mrs. Sudesh Chambial, with whom he tied the knot on June 11, 1995.

After retiring from active service, Singh and his family temporarily settled in Jammu to support his children's , though they remain permanent residents of Bann, Kathua. His elder son, Mr. Abhishek Chambial, was studying at the Army Public School in Jammu Cantt when he got selected for an MBBS program at GMC Srinagar. His younger son, Mr. Ashutosh Chambial, serves as a Captain in the Indian Army.

In September 2014, the Valley faced catastrophic floods due to incessant rainfall, leading to widespread destruction and disruption. Singh, working at Army Public School, Jammu Cantt, was deeply worried about his elder son, who was staying in the Government Medical College Boys Hostel in Bamina, Srinagar. Communication lines were down, and he struggled to reach his son.

Finally, around 5 PM, he managed to make contact and learned that the hostel's ground floor was submerged, and the students were trapped without food or water. They were desperate for help, fearing for their lives. The children pleaded for rescue, prompting Singh to take action.

Despite the lack of support from local authorities, Singh, accompanied by Sh SS Manhas, a fellow ex-serviceman and father of another student, decided to head to Srinagar. They flew there but faced difficulties landing due to the flood conditions. Upon arrival, they encountered chaos and struggled to find transportation. Eventually, they managed to reach the Jhelum riverbank, where they found a local youth who guided them to the Medical College Boys Hostel.

Swimming through the flooded streets for over three hours, Singh and Manhas reached the hostel and assured the students of their safety. The next morning, they organized the students into pairs, with swimmers paired with non-swimmers, and began their journey back. After more than three hours of swimming, they reached the Jhelum riverbank, where they were greeted with warmth and support from the locals.

Securing transportation from the army, they managed to get all the students to the airport and booked tickets back to Jammu. Despite the challenges at the airport, they successfully boarded a flight and reached Jammu, where relieved parents were waiting.

Upon returning, Singh received a call from the ADC to the GOC, 26 Inf Div, who praised his efforts and offered further assistance. Singh's heroic actions during the 2014 Srinagar floods saved countless lives and highlighted his unwavering dedication to his country and fellow citizens.

This story of courage and sacrifice, though not widely publicized, stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of Indian soldiers. Jai Hind!

 (In this article, the author tried to highlight the courage and dedication of Sub Maj Mohinder Singh (Retd), whose extraordinary efforts saved many lives during a natural disaster. For feedback the author can be reached at or +191-8717074599)



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