From 30 June 1965 until 4 October 1968, Sepoy/Honorary Captain “Baba” Harbhajan Singh[a] served in the Indian Army. He was born in 1946. India’s second-highest gallantry honour, the Maha Vir Chakra, was given to him posthumously.
Life And Military Career
A Sikh family welcomed Harbhajan Singh into the world on August 30, 1946 in the village of Sadrana (now in Pakistan). He finished his elementary education at a local school before graduating in March 1965 from DAV High School in Patti, Punjab. He joined the Punjab Regiment in Amritsar after enrolling as a soldier (India).
Death, Legacy And Associated Legend
In 1968, along the Nathu La (pass) in eastern Sikkim, India, Singh was slain. According to a sign outside his shrine, he was killed while guarding a mule column being transported from Tuku La to Dongchui La when he slipped into a nullah. Legends and religious adoration surrounding Harbhajan Singh’s untimely death at the age of 22 have gained popularity among Indian Army regulars (jawans), residents of his village, and apparently Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers guarding the Indo-Chinese border between Sikkim and Tibet.
He has earned the moniker “Saint Baba.” On September 11th of every year, a vehicle with his personal possessions leaves for the closest railway station, New Jalpaiguri, from which it is transported by train to the village of Kuka in the Kapurthala region of the Indian state of Punjab. The coach attendants always assign vacant berths on Indian Railways trains to waitlisted passengers or in order of arrival; however, a special reservation is made for the Baba. Three soldiers travel with the Baba to his homeland with an empty place left on the bus each year. His village still remembers him as a martyr and took the initiative to assist his family. Each month, a little amount of money is sent to his mother by soldiers stationed in Nathula.