Author: Maj Gen Raj Singh Mehta

Capt. Devika: An Officer and a Lady, who Personified Courage

Maj. Gen. Raj recounts the true story of a brave lady doctor, Capt. Devika Gupta, and how she risked her life and limbs to save a wounded soldier. An engrossing anecdote, for Different Truths.  A true-life war zone incident of a lady doctor of the Indian Army, her story of grit and Hippocrates Oath that doctors […]

A Story of Courage and Valour: Veer Madrassis Fought the Odds of Sub-zero Temperatures at Siachen

At Siachen, at 5 am, on February 3, 2016, the 400-ft-high, Bana ice-wall collapsed on the 10 Veer Madrassis of 19 Madras (including a nursing assistant). Led by Braveheart CO, Col Om Gurung, Maj Vipin Kumar and his team armed with avalanche experts, dogs, Xavar radars snow-cutters, and guts dug tunnels through tougher-than-steel ice slabs, […]

Braveheart Captain M.N. Mulla Chose the Dignity of Death over Dishonour

Braveheart Capt. Mahendra Nath Mulla MVC wilfully chose never to forsake his men; leave them behind when a torpedo fired from the Daphne-class Pakistani submarine PNS Hangor struck his ship, INS Khukri, sliding it to its final resting place, off the Kathiawar coast. Maj Gen Raj pays a tribute to the Braveheart, in Different Truths. When […]

Against all Odds: Showing Light Became the Mission of Jojo Blinded by a Missile

Cavalry officer Jojo was blinded by Cobra missile splinters in the 1965 Indo-Pak War. He overcame his challenges and devoted his life to empowering the differently abled people, says Maj. Gen. Raj, in this article, in Different Truth. Whenever I speak about Capt. J.K. ‘Chotu’ Sengupta (affectionately called ‘Jojo’ at home; ‘Chotu’ by peers) — […]

Lionhearted Raj Ahlawat

Maj Gen Raj gives us a feel of the Army life and pays tribute to his friend, philosopher, and guide, Lionhearted Raj Ahlawat, exclusively in Different Truths. What can you say about an iconic officer who died young at 70? That he was a sterling embodiment of an old world, true-blue Cavalier? That he was Mai-Baap to […]

The 1962 Sino-Indian War: Recalling a War that was not …it was an Indian Rout

Fought both along the 890 km long McMahon Line and opposite Western Tibet in the Ladakh region of our 4056 km long Sino-Indian borders, the 1962 War showed us at our worst in terms of strategic, operational level and tactical decision making. The Indian Army fought last-man-last-round in a manner, which the world and even […]