Tribute to Heroism: Sainik School, Goalpara Honors Manipur's Late Major Ngangom Joydutta Singh with Vir Chakra Bust Unveiling

The Northeast Dialogue


Sainik School, Goalpara, Assam, pays homage to the brave spirit of its distinguished alumnus, Late Major Ngangom Joydutta Singh from Manipur, by unveiling a bust commemorating his valorous legacy as a posthumous recipient of the Vir Chakra. Hailing from Thangmeiband D M College Gate, Meisnam Leikai, in Manipur's Imphal West district, Major Singh epitomized the spirit of courage and dedication to service. His journey at Sainik School, Goalpara, commenced in class V and continued through his higher secondary education, shaping him into a leader of unwavering resolve.

On April 7, Captain Ngangom Subadani Devi (Retd), Major Singh’s wife and a stalwart in her own right, graced the ceremony at the school’s library block, unveiling the bust amidst heartfelt tributes from the Principal, faculty, family members, and alumni. The occasion served as a poignant reminder of Major Singh's indomitable spirit and selfless sacrifice for the nation. After graduating from the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Major Singh underwent rigorous training at the Indian Military Academy before being commissioned into the esteemed Gorkha Regiment in 1977. His dedication to service was mirrored by his wife's illustrious career, culminating in her retirement as a Captain with the NCC.

Major Singh's valor came to the forefront during his deployment with the Indian Peacekeeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka in October 1987. Leading his company with exemplary leadership and bravery amidst heavy enemy fire, he courageously covered the retreat of para commandos and the 13th Sikh LI. In a final act of selfless valor, when faced with dwindling ammunition, Major Singh and two others charged the enemy with khukris, engaging them in hand-to-hand combat. Despite inflicting significant casualties, they made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, embodying the highest ideals of courage and patriotism.

The unveiling of Major Ngangom Joydutta Singh's bust at Sainik School, Goalpara, stands as a testament to his enduring legacy and serves as an inspiration to generations. His brave deeds continue to echo through the annals of history, reminding us all of the profound impact of selfless service and sacrifice.


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