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The Major who Single-handedly Killed Four Terrorists

Major Avinash Singh Bhadauria, was born on December 14th, 1971 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Though he was the son of a prominent political leader in Uttar Pradesh Ganga Singh Bhadauria, he showed no inclination to join politics. Instead, since childhood, he had a passion for armed forces and always wished to join the Indian Army. In 1990, Maj Avinash joined the prestigious National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune to fulfill his dream. During his time at the NDA, Major Avinash Singh Bhadauria received the award of “Battalion Cadet Captain ” and was always an outstanding performer, excelling at his training courses.

Major Avinash Singh Bhadauria was then commissioned into 18 Madras of the Madras Regiment. Subsequently, keeping in view his training profile, he was posted at Hathigarh, a Naxalite affected area in Assam, and then to Jamnagar in Kutch near the Indo-Pak border in Gujarat.  Thereafter, he was deputed to serve with 8 Rashtriya Rifles battalion, engaged in counter insurgency operations in J & K.

Maj Avinash got married to Shalini in 1997, who also joined the army later and served in the rank of Captain.

Doda Operation: Sep 2001

On September 28, 2001, Maj Avinash’s unit had received specific information from intelligence sources about the presence of some hardcore terrorists in Doda district of J & K. A decision was taken to launch a search and destroy operation to engage the terrorists under the leadership of Maj Avinash. Maj Avinash quickly assessed the situation and made out an operational to nab them. He then along with his troops swung into action and cordoned off the suspected area of the hideout.

Maj Avinash and his men soon spotted the militants, who started firing at them on being challenged. A fierce gun-battle followed and Maj Avinash fought gallantly, taking the lives of four terrorists single-handedly. However, Maj Avinash got injured in the exchange of fire and was martyred. The brave 29-year-old soldier fought till his last breath, before succumbing to his injuries. Inspired by Maj Avinash’s gallant leadership and offensive spirit, his troops successfully eliminated the terrorists and achieved the objective of the operation.  

Maj Avinash Singh Bhadauria was given the nation’s second highest peacetime gallantry award “Kirti Chakra” for his outstanding leadership, unfailing courage and supreme sacrifice.

Maj Avinash Singh Bhadauria is survived by his wife Shalini, son Dhruv Singh. At 23, Shalini found herself widowed. Her 2-year-old son had lost his father. She knew she had to be strong for him. So she decided to join the Army. Her husband’s colleagues warned her of the mental and physical challenges of the job, especially with her toddler wholly dependent on her. But she was ready to do whatever it took.   Finally, on the 7th of September, 2002, twenty days short of her husband’s first death anniversary, she was commissioned as an Officer in the Indian Army. She served in the army for 6 years, before resigning to give her son a more settled life.

The Commando who Fought Terrorists Despite 4 Bullet Wounds

When Marine Commando Praveen Kumar Teotia battled against terrorists during the 26/11 terror attack at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai in 2008, he knew that he was tackling some of the most dangerous terrorists in the world. And he paid a high price for his bravery. Narrating the horrific incident, Praveen Kumar said:

“I was asked to take charge and was told that this was a golden chance for the MARCOS team to gun down terrorists who had ventured into our territory.” They took a blind entry into the Taj hotel where he witnessed blood spots and shattered glass everywhere in the lobby.

“I took my position near the heritage wing.I later entered the chamber hall on the second floor. I opened a door, it was pitch dark. My team then said to me that now we do not know how big is the room and how many people are there inside it. If we bring four more people then we could carry out the rescue operation in a much better manner. Since I had just entered the room, my eyes took a little bit of time to get used to the darkness. The terrorists, however, were already aware of every object in that room and they could see me standing easily. A while later, I saw a flash and I realised that I had been shot with an AK-47. I pressed the trigger and fired 3 to 4 rounds at them.”

Teotia fell to the ground and a stream of hot blood flowed down his neck. His entire team had fallen back and he was the only one left in that room. He regained his consciousness and tried to divert his pain. “I later started looking for a safe spot and I found out that there was a little space between the sofa and the wall where I could take cover. I lost a chunk of my ear due to the aim of firing but since I had taken cover, the firing that would take place from now on will all be random firing.”

“I threw a grenade at the place from where I was shot at and counted until ten. Two sound clicks had told me that I had thrown the grenade at the right place. However, the grenade which should have exploded at the count of seven didn’t.” The first team stationed outside the room thought that Teotia had been killed and they threw a tear gas shell inside the hall which landed just beside him. He started feeling suffocated and tears flowed down his cheeks. “I understood that now my chances of leaving this room alive are very slim.”

Teotia had two plans. PLAN A: Die sitting in the room from asphyxiation. PLAN B: Face the enemy! Teotia decided to face the enemy and exposed himself to the terrorists. In the firing that took place, he took four bullets. One went right through his chest breaking four ribs of his right lung. Another went through his bulletproof collar, one bullet cut through his bulletproof plate and the other ricocheted off a wall onto his heart. However, Teotia was successful in injuring one terrorist and keeping them engaged as his team got ready outside of the room. “I was successful in keeping the terrorists engaged as my team rescued 150 people from the adjoining hall. We also recovered a bag from the terrorists which had 500 AK-47 rounds, 16 hand grenades, dry fruits and their currency. I was awarded the Shaurya Chakra for my contribution to the nation.”

However, Teotia’s real battle had just started. Praveen was discharged from hospital after five surgeries. He was left with a gunshot wound to the right chest and a damaged left ear. As a result, his hearing was partially impaired. He is the only lung damage survivor in the world and his survival is considered a miracle for medical science. Even today, he has multiple bullet splinters of all sizes, from his chest to his liver. Praveen decided not to give up. He started running, swimming, cycling and went on to win the prestigious Ironman Triathlon Championship in April 2018 in South Africa, which involves 3.86km swim, a 180.25km bicycle ride and a 42.2km running. He completed the race in 14 hours, 19 minutes and 38 seconds. In 2017, Teotia conquered the Khardung La Challenge, which is a 72-km marathon in Ladakh and arguably one of the toughest marathons in the world.

A few months back, Praveen Kumar auctioned his gold medals that were won in Tata Mumbai marathon in order to raise money for the PM Cares relief fund.

Act Strongly Against Nations Promoting Terror – Home Minister at SAARC


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It also needs to be ensured that terrorism is not glorified and is not patronized by any state. One country’s terrorist cannot be a martyr or freedom fighter for anyone. I also speak for the entire humanity- not just for India or other SAARC members – in urging that in no circumstances should terrorists be eulogised as martyrs. Those who provide support, encouragement, sanctuary, safe haven or any assistance to terrorism or terrorists must be isolated. Strongest possible steps need to be taken not only against terrorists and terrorist organisations but also those individuals, institutions, organisations or nations that support them. Only this will ensure that the forces engaged in promoting the heinous crime of terrorism against humanity are effectively countered. 

The will and the mandate of international community against proscribed and wanted terrorists and their organisations must also be respected and implemented. If we are to rid ourselves of terrorism, we will have to genuinely believe that attempts to distinguish between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ terrorists are misleading. No type of terrorism or support to it can be justified on any grounds whatsoever. Immediate and effective action is required against all those who support or encourage international terrorism in any way, whether they are state actors or non-state. Only then justice will be ensured for the victims of terrorist attacks such as in Mumbai and Pathankot. We must have the approach of ‘zero tolerance’ against any type of terrorism. Read Full Text here

Who Is Responsible for the Terror Attacks in India ?

– By Ayush Nadimpalli

Who Is Responsible for the Terror Attacks in India ? 

 Ask this question and you receive a number of “Maybe’s “.

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Maybe it is Huji, maybe it is LeT, maybe it is Harkat and ofcourse maybe ISI, maybe it is IM etc.. While it is true that the actual perpetrators of terror are these organisations, the actual responsibility from a long term security point of view for lies with the soft UPA government. The common man can understand if the blasts had happened inspite of the government’s strong measures in handling terror. But, here we have a government that is bent upon giving a “safe haven” to the terrorists. The inability to face and anticipate terror is an intelligence failure and the government is squarely responsible.

As Sun Tzu in his Art of War says,

The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemys not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our own position unassailable.” 

This issue is conveniently by-passed by political discourse. Questions raised by the opposition on this is dismissed as “ The people who did the Kandhahar transfer cannot talk about terrorism”. This is ridiculous. The government is answerable to the people not only to the opposition.

A Weak “Nuclear” Power ?

It would do good to remember that the Jaipur blasts took place on the same day on which ten years back, India announced its arrival on the World Nuclear Weapon Scene with the Pokhran tests, viz. May 10th 1998. It is ironic that India is one of the few countries with nuclear capabilities and yet has presented itself as a soft state. Centre for Defense Information, US says “ “India has been the victim of more terrorist attacks, both domestic and international, on its territory than any other country.

Bharat has fought four high intensity wars and in those wars we have lost more then 6000 people. We have already lost more then 70,000 civilians. In addition, we have lost more then 9,000 security personnel. Almost six lakh people in this country have become homeless as a result of terrorism.

Standard Response : Every terror attack in India is followed by some standard responses from the government :

“We condemn the dastardly act”. “We appeal for peace and Bhai-chaara” ( as if Hindus would break into an assault on Muslims whenever a terrorist attack happens). “India shall show its resilience”, “India shall deal with the attacks with an iron hand” and so on and on. The rhetoric keeps going on with no measures in sight.

“Let Us Not target any particular community”

This is another bogey from the government. By saying this, the government gives itself away! Assuming that the Muslim community is not a party to terror and only a few people are responsible for it, why does the government believe that any attempt to nab the terrorists would lead to opposition from the Muslim community. Is it due to the fact that every attempt made to nab terrorists from the home-grown network has been dealt with strong opposition by the local population? The recent attack on the police station at Saidabad, Hyderabad made by Muslim women when Bilal, a terrorist with links in Bangladesh was arrested is a strong case in point. How does the government wish to handle this difficult situation where the enemy is not being grown outside but from within?

Beware of “The Apologists of Terror”:

Then we have the apologists in media and government, who put up two cases in defence of terrorists : a. The home-grown terror is an output of the Babri demolition in 1992 and gujarth” and b. Terrorism is an output of poverty.

Granting that to them, by the same bizarre logic, children of the Kashmiri Pandits and victims of Muslim atrocities in Malabar, Hyderabad, Bengal and so many parts across the country should have turned themselves into Muslim extermination squads.

Fouad Ajami, arguably one of the most politically influential Arab-American intellectuals of his generation says ”There is another issue that has been brought to the fore by commentaries on the UK bombings: the role of apologists, fellow travelers and grievance peddlers, who exhort us to “understand basic issues” and attend to “root causes”, instead of focusing on the challenge of terrorism. Such advocates now provide the primary justifications of terrorism in the liberal democratic community, and have come to represent the “political traditions of belligerent self-pity”, which fuel terrorism across the world. A focused challenge to this class of ‘intellectuals’ needs to be mounted wherever the threat of terrorism is manifested.”

And to top it, there is no data submitted by these apologists to substantiate their claim. In fact most terrorists world-wide are well educated. PHD’s, employees in software organization etc.. If someone says that bread and butter are the root-cause of terrorism, it would be a very myopic view while turning away from the facts.

Why does the media and government keep harping for sympathy for the terrorists and in a way justify the terrorists? Is there a larger agenda of the media ? Who are they working for?

Lack of information regarding the enemy :

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More than 40% of country is terror affected as per the intelligence dept.As on 2006, at least 231 of the country’s 608 Districts are currently afflicted, at differing intensities.” (http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/india/index.html)

More than 177 terrorist groups are active in India. Yet the common man, who is the most affected, is kept completely in dark regarding the ideology and modus operandi of these terrorist groups. Is it because the government itself runs on the mercy of political parties like the Muslim league and the communists who have time and again shown that their interests lie outside the country? Inspite of overwhelming evidence, the official American, Russian and European sources draw the line is in refusing to name China as the fountainhead in sustaining terrorist networks in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. Why is there reluctance to name China despite official agencies of these governments having presented evidence of China’s complicity in aiding terrorism?

Why doesn’t the government expose the idealogy of the naxals and the Islamic terrorists and show that the inspiration for their dastardly acts lies in their very idealogy?

Open Support for Terrorists by the Congress lead UPA Cabinet :

Senior intelligence officials like Ajay Sinha, Raman, T.V. Rajeswar have pointed out that over 1.5 crores Bangladeshis are overstaying in India.

The question of infiltration is so serious that Sri T.V.Rajeswar , Former intelligence chief and governor of West Bengal, later governor of Uttar Pradesh and now Tamilnadu said ‘‘There is a distinct danger of another Muslim country, speaking predominantly Bengali, emerging in the eastern part of India in the future, at a time when India might find itself weakened politically and militarily.’’ And yet these warnings are ignored.

When the Rajasthan CM, rounded them up the Bangladeshis after the blasts, we had the Home Minister, Sri Shivraj Patil saying that their human rights were violated. What is surprising is that he is not bothered about how these Bangladeshis could come in from the Eastern part of the country till Rajasthan, but he is more bothered about the human rights of infiltrators. ( Shivraj Patil was HM in 2008)

And the grand finale by our Home Minister is the comparison of Afzal Guru and Sarabjit Singh. Afzal Guru is a confirmed terrorist who master-minded the Parliament attack and who has been convicted by the Apex court while Sarabjit Singh is a case of mistaken identity. All these lead us to the bigger question, in whose interest is the government functioning, is it for India or for forces who are inimical to India ?

Where Are the Laws ?

Every major country that has been threatened has a law against terrorism except Bharat. Within the United States, President Bush created the Office of Homeland Security and the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1438, 8 December 2001). This Act earmarked funds for extending the war on terrorism, which includes countermeasures against potential biological and chemical attacks. Future years promise even greater anti-terrorism measures. President Bush’s proposed budget for 2003 directs $37.7 billion to homeland security (an $18.2 billion increase over 2002). In particular, the budget proposal includes $11 billion for border security, $6 billion to defend against bio-terrorism, $3.5 billion (a 1,000-percent increase) for police, firefighters and Emergency Medical Teams, and $700 million to coordinate the antiterrorism measures of the various branches of government.

In India, we go the other way round. The UPA dismissed acts like POTA that was specially designed to tackle terrorism, and is sitting on the Apex courts decision to remove the IMDT Act. The only act that we have is the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 which has been recently amended.

Consequences of repeal of POTA and re-introduction of Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act,

Among the special provisions dropped are those restricting release on bail and allowing longer periods of police remand for the accused. Now suspected terrorists may roam free under the bail a rule, jail an exception dictum. The police will not get sufficient time to interrogate the accused to investigate the cases, which, by their very nature, are complex. In Pota, as in Tada earlier, confessions made before a police officer of the rank of superintendent were admitted as evidence.Now they need to be presented before a district magistrate within 48 hours of arrest.

Some of the clauses contained in POTA, which will be completely dropped in the amended Unlawful Activities Act, are: the onus on the accused to prove his innocence, compulsory denial of bail to accused and admission as evidence in the court of law the confession made by the accused before the police officer.

 In another major departure from POTA, the government has removed all traces of strict liability. Meaning, the burden of proof has shifted from the accused to the police. There is no presumption of guilt under UAPA. Like under any other ordinary criminal law, the police will have to establish that the accused person had a criminal intention for committing the offence in question.

A brief outline of the amended act: The current Act does not define the word terrorist in its definition clause but defines a terrorist act! The word terrorist is to be construed according the definition of the terrorist act. Terrorist act is defined in the Act as – Whoever, with intent to threaten the unity, integrity, security or sovereignty of India or to strike terror in the people or any section of the people in India or in any foreign country, does any act by using bombs, dynamite or other explosive substances or inflammable substances or firearms or other lethal weapons or poisons or noxious gases or other chemicals or by any other substances (whether biological or otherwise) of a hazardous nature, in such a manner as to cause, or likely to cause, death of, or injuries to any person or persons or loss of, or damage to, or destruction of, property or disruption of any supplies or services essential to the life of the community in India or in any foreign country or causes damage or destruction of any property or equipment used or intended to be used for the defence of India or in connection with any other purposes of the Government of India, any State Government or any of their agencies, or detains any person and threatens to kill or injure such person in order to compel the Government in India or the Government of a foreign country or any other person to do or abstain from doing any act, commits a terrorist act (Section 15).The above definition did not exist in the 1967 Act.


Therefore hate filled speeches against India and Hindus , instigation to commit a terrorist act, training to commit terrorist acts is not the work of a terrorist ! because unless he himself is involved physically, he cannot be called a terrorist as per the new act.

It is with this act with which the government expects to handle terrorism !

All the acts above, point to the fact that it is the UPA government which is squarely responsible for this pathetic situation where the common man does not know when he is going to be targeted and when a bomb would explode and when he/ next of kin would succumb to a terror attack. A feeling of insecurity is gripping the country.

The Way Out 

Unfortunately in India, political parties understand only vote bank politics. The common man has to think beyond narrow political differences, and organizations working for national causes need to shun political correctness, understand and corner the ideologies which act as germination points for terrorists. If the governments have to be forced to combat terror, combating terrorism and terrorist ideologies needs to be made an election issue by the people. It is only then that something worthwhile would happen.

Update : Feb 2013 :

The above article was written in 2008. Unfortunately, the security situation in the country has not changed a bit since then. The blasts continue. We had serial blasts in Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai and other cities.  The only actions from the government side that have happened since then are :

Rahul Gandhi1. Rahul Gandhi’s conversations with US Ambassador Timothy J.Roemer leaked through cables of  Wikileaks in 2010 showed that he believed that “Hindu extremism is a bigger threat to the country than Muslim militants.” Does he realise that over 90% of terrorism acts in India have Jehad as its central motivator ?

2. Rahul Gandhi’s statement patting his own back after 2011 Mumbai bombings. He said “It is very difficult to stop every single terrorist attack. The idea is that we have to fight terrorism at the local level. We have improved in leaps and bounds. But terrorism is something that it is impossible to stop all the time.”

3. In Feb 2013, The Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde became the darling of the LeT and people like Hafiz Sayeed when he made his own attempt to play the balancing act by announcing Hindu terror. This was inline with the earlier stance taken by Rahul Gandhi, Digvijay Singh and Chidambaram. Do they realise that by this statement, they have as a government damaged the reputation of Hindus worldwide ?

Feb 21st