The army has martyrs memorials at all their establishments to remember and pay homage to the soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice. Lt. Nawang Kapadia, also has the honour of being in this brave company.
We have visited some of the war memorials and some like the 15 Corp War memorial and the Northen Command War memorial, we hope to visit, when the Pakistan backed terrorist violence is Kashmir is stopped.
This is the battalion that Nawang belonged to. A Battalion is the smallest independent fighting unit in the army. We have visited their Martyrs garden in Almora.
Three battalions, make up a Brigade, Nawang’s 4/3 Gorkha Rifles Battalion was a part of the 99 Mountain Brigade. We visited their memorial at Chaubatia.
This is the Corp which controls the Kashmir Area, Nawang’s 99 Mountain Brigade was serving under the 15 Corp during their operations in Kashmir.
Northern Command memorial “Dhuruva” (named after the hindi word for the Northen Star, to be the guiding light for the future generations of Soldiers) guardsÂ the entire Northern frontiers of India.
39 Gorkha Training Centre, is the training Centre for the 3rd and 9th Gorkha Battalions and hence known in the army terms as 39 Gorkha Training Centre (39 G T C). it is a huge complex, most beautifully kept and efficiently managed. It houses all the facilities to train the new Gorkha Recruits arriving raw from Nepal and India. In 42 weeks of intensive and thorough training these recruits are turned into well disciplined and trained soldiers of the Indian Army. The magnificent memorial there serves as an inspiration to future jawans passing out from the GTC. Also see the account of our visit to the 39 GTC in 2000.
Nawang trained at the elite Officer’s Training Academy of the Indian Army in Chennai. Within the academy, they have Martyrs Memorial which is the most sacred place in the Academy. Every graduate of the academy who made the supreme sacrifice for the country is immortalised here to inspire the future generation of officers.
Mahim Nature Park near the Dharavi Bus Depot in Bombay is a heavenly little plot full of opulent greenery, well-maintained, tall trees, small shrubs, flowers, creepers, saplings, birds, and (a rarity in Mumbai) the smell of fresh air. We set-up a memorial stone in 2006 for Nawang. His memorial stone is next to the set up in 2003 for Major Rajesh Nayyar.