20 years ago, Captain Vikram Batra was killed on the summit of Pt. 4875 fighting Pakistani soldiers in the Kargil War in 1999.
Exactly two decades later, his identical twin brother, Vishal has paid homage to his brother by climbing the mountain, along with the 14 Corps Commander, Lieutenant General YK Joshi, then the commanding officer of Vikram’s unit, 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles (JAK RIF) and other officers from it - everyone who fought alongside Vikram and helped him capture the feature.
The peak is now called 'Batra Top' in memory of Captain Batra.
I so well remember ten years back when Barkha Dutt got me here at Drass when she had interviewed Vikram and other Officers, I proudly thank Lt Gen Joshi n Indian Army (20 years today being 7th July) to be around with me at Batra Top to pay homage to Capt Batra n other martyrs https://t.co/9upiH1Vl5f pic.twitter.com/4Dq6WkyCXx— Vishal Batra (@vishalbatra1974) July 7, 2019
Upon reaching the summit, Vishal's first act was to call his parents,
I called my parents when I reached Point 4875, but it should have been Vikram making that call. I did get emotional and was thinking of saying ‘yeh dil maange more’.
Vishal Batra treats the peak like a shrine for his brother. It was his dream to reach the peak, and with the help of the Indian Army, he was air-dropped and made his dream a reality. He also believes that soldiers never really die, saying:
Although he is physically not there, I believe that he is somewhere in the mountains, watching over us and keeping us safe...My belief is that soldiers never die
All that I can say is one need to visit these shrines captured by all our Bravado’s Indian Soldiers who make it so easy for us live peacefully. Can’t express it in words as one needs to feel what Indian Army does.Visiting the peak was like a Shrine one could just imagine to visit https://t.co/CaHNYQOXxb— Vishal Batra (@vishalbatra1974) July 7, 2019
Vishal tweeted his brother's famous last words, "Either I would hoist the tricolor or I would come back wrapped"
Either I would hoist the tricolor or I would come back wrapped... 20 years later (which is 7th July 2019 today), the Indian TRICOLOR furls yet again showing the Dominance of our Indian Army and it’s Brave Hearts.. Jai Hind pic.twitter.com/IQSD2YfWYV— Vishal Batra (@vishalbatra1974) July 7, 2019