Capt. R. Subramanian

“You have never lived until
You have almost died,
And for those who choose to fight,
Life has a special flavor,
The protected will never know!!!” 
                               – Capt. R. Subramanian

Born on 12 August 1976 to Mr. and Mrs. S. Ramachandran, Capt. Subramanian, KC (Posth) lived his life to this motto that he had so dearly cherished, to a duty that he was so dearly passionate about.

He had applied for the entrance examination in 1992 and was selected for the 90th course at NDA (National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla) and joined NDA in July 1993. He passed out from NDA in 1996 and completed the training at IMA (Indian Military Academy),Dehra Dun in 1997. He was commissioned in the Army on 7th June 1997 as 2nd Lieutenant. Further he underwent free fall jump (parachute jumping at Agra in May 1999). On completion of the Training at Agra, he was called to Kargil Sector in May 99 and remained at Drass Sector, Mushkoh valley till End of August 1999.

Later on he was posted to Nahaan (Himachal Pradesh) from where he was sent to Srinagar in Feb. 2000 for “Operation Rakshak”. He was promoted as Captain in March 2000. Though he achieved his set goal of an army officer, he made the supreme sacrifice of his life in the highest traditions of the Army while fighting the militants at Haphruda forest in Kupwara Dist in Jammu and Kashmir (Operation Rakshak) on 19th June 2000, when he made his supreme sacrifice of his life displayed conspicuous courage and outstanding combat leadership while facing the militants at Kupwara dist in Jammu and Kashmir.

He was awarded KIRTI CHAKKRA (posthumously) by the President on 26th January 2001 and the same was received by his mother at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 12th October 2001, and is survived by his father Shri.S.Ramachandran, mother Smt.Subbalakshmi and one younger sister R.Varalakshmi.

Uddu & Subbu ( as they were fondly known ), both passed out together from the IMA as part of the 100th batch, 6th June 1997. They were then, both commissioned into the 1st Batallion of the Parachute regiment. Uddu & Subbu were inseparable buddies & soul mates.