In memory of my father's cousin, Shyamal Dev Goswami, who was awarded the Mahavir Chakra for showing exemplary courage while directing artillery fire against invading Chinese troops during the Battle of Chusul Nov 1962
His outpost held out against overwhelming Chinese force till rest of his unit had been killed & he had passed out. SDG then struggled back to Indian lines albeit suffering severely from frost bite. Here is a description of events 2/n
The heroic resistance of SD Goswami and his unit is still commemorated in the army station at Chushul, Ladhakh. These events need to be remembered given the recent developments in the area. 3/n
Shyamal's mother also has an interesting link to history. When she was a little girl in 1931, she was living in Colonelgunj in Allahabad (Prayag). The Sanyal clan was living here after being thrown out of their Varanasi home following the Kakori case. 4/n
On 27th Feb'31, Rabin Sanyal (Sachin Sanyal's brother) was pretending to to teach her while waiting for Chandra Shekar Azad. He knew the house was being watched but he had no way of contacting Azad. Then they heard shots being fired 5/n

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