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How many of us know about heroism of #Tiger Air Warrior Sqn Ldr A B Devayya MVC?

That IAF got to know of incredible gallantry from Pakistani Pilot he shot down & a British author?

That it took 23 years after 1965 War to honour our Braveheart?
Returning from mission over Sargodha, Bravehearts Mystere was hit by Pak Pilot

Instead of ejecting, he turned to combat with superior F-104 Starfighter & shot it. Flt Lt Amjad Hussain ejected safely

Sqn Ldr Devayya didn't return and was declared Missing in Action & then KIA
Flt Lt Amjad Hussain later described the Air Combat of 1965 to John Fricker who wrote a book

That's how IAF Colleagues learnt of his heroic fight to finish over enemy land

Same Pak Pilot was again shot down in 1971 & became one of India's 93000 #POW. Later rose to AVM rank
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Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee, set out on his last & fateful journey from Delhi railway station at 6.30 a.m. on 8 May 1953.
His slogan, “Ek desh mein do vidhan, do pradhan, aur do nishan nahi chalenge”, became the hallmark of the movement that
stirred throughout India starting in 1948, peaking in 1952, and sustaining till his controversial death in captivity in 1953.
Had it not been for SPM, not only India’s legacy, independent India’s geography too would have been remarkably different. More likely than not, the state
of Punjab would have been part of Pakistan and the state of West Bengal would have been part of Bangladesh. This may sound exaggerated, but it is part of documented history. If this sounds exaggerated, that’s because of Dr Mookerjee’s marginalisation in popular renderings of
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In his last message as a free person Dr Mookerjee told Vajpayee, his private secretary and others to tell the country that he had at last entered the state of Jammu and Kashmir, though as a prisoner, and to carry on his work in his absence.
Apparently, when Dr Mookerjee had made
known his intention to visit Jammu, Sucheta Kripalani paid him a visit and told him, that you won’t go, Nehru will not allow you to return safe from there. Dr Mookerjee told Sucheta, ‘I have no personal enmity against Nehru, I am working for a cause, why should he have any
vendetta for me?’ Then Sucheta told Dr Mookerjee, ‘You don’t know Nehru, I know Nehru, he looks upon you as his main rival and he will try to remove you from the field if he can and he is capable of anything.’
His slogan, “Ek desh mein do vidhan, do pradhan, aur do nishan nahi
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