Sela Pass: Memories of Jaswant

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This one is a tale of love and bravery redefined. Those were some ice-cold chilly times and only the sound of bullets pierced through the moisture-laden heavy winds in the alpine ranges of the North-Eastern frontiers. That atmosphere gave birth to one of the little-known spine chilling finest moment of love and bravery in India.

The Indo-China battle is nearing its end and the result almost visible to everyone with the Chinese hovering in the alpine ranges of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh and the Indian troops withdrawing in the face of the Chinese onslaught but one man hasn't still lost hope.

He was as cunning as the obstructions in the opposite side and with the help of his beloved Sela, single handedly fought the Chinese soldiers for 3 days by actually fooling them. He is none other than the brave martyr Jaswant Singh Rana.

On October 20, 1962, Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rana of 4 Garhwal Rifles, laid down his life in the battle of Nuranang and was later awarded with the Mahavir Chakra. Sela was a local girl who loved jaswant but her father didn't approve of it. During the 3 day great heroics, Sela used to carry ammunition from the army camp along with food and water to jaswant. Jaswant Singh was the only one who decided to stay back when the Indian troops retreated from Nuranang. With the help of his beloved Sela, he managed to stay off the enemy advance for 72 hours. Sela helped him in loading the guns and bringing him meals.

Jaswant Singh was at an advantageous position on a hill top overlooking the two river valleys. He positioned himself in a long trench and placed a few guns in different directions and tied the shutters with ropes and randomly fired from them. The Chinese had come through the river route, who thought that the Indian army had a huge Indian battalion at different locations, so they didn't move forward, whereas he was just alone.

The Chinese did not realise that the Indian Army had retreated till Jaswant Singh was betrayed by the girl’s father, who went over to the other side to inform the Chinese troops of the actual position in the Indian side, due to the disliking of his daughters intentions. The invaders then surrounded his positioned and captured him. He was tied to a tree and strangled with a iron wire and beheaded.

The Chinese cut off Jaswant Singh's head and took it back to China and after the ceasefire, the Chinese government, impressed by the soldier's bravery, returned the head along with a brass bust of Jaswant Singh, as a memento for his sharp wit.

The bust, created in China to honour the brave Indian soldier, is now installed at the site of the battle, a location now known as Jaswant Garh, enroute to Tawang. In the meantime the soldiers found out Sela also, after which she jumped from a hillock in her agony when she understood the fate of her beloved.

The Sela Pass, world’s second highest pass at 14,000 feet, is a symbol of love and courage and named after this brave girl. For the soldiers guarding the frozen Sela Pass, Jaswant baba, as was popularly called, continues to be a source of life and inspiration.

54 comments:

JM said...

Amazing landscapes and photos! This post reminds me of my travel from Nepal to Tibet.

Team G Square said...

Lovely snaps of an amazing place .

Lúcia said...

This place is fantastic!
Very beautiful shots! ;-)

fragileprints said...

Nice post. Would love to visit Tawang. Also thanks for visiting Fragile prints.

-FP

R Niranjan Das said...

Beautiful capture.

www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.com

Jeevan said...

This is third time I come across a post about tawang from you but I couldn’t avoid reading it… since I know this place through you I liking it so much. I enjoy again reading and viewing those awesome pictures. Thanks friend

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

What a lovely hidden lake. Shangri-la. :)

Sunil Deepak said...

Kalyan, All images are good but the one with lake and surrounding snow is like poetry, and it is great that you have linked it to the full size image! :)

whatandysees said...

Incredible, dramatic scenery!.... thank you for sharing....:)

Jyoti Mishra said...

it's such an awesome place..
I wish one day i can visit this heaven :)

Edita said...

What an amazing place! and a beautiful picture!
Kalyan,thanks for visiting my blog,greetings:)

Chintan said...

this is such an amazing place...i haven't travelled to mountains for a while now and everyone in the blogging world seem to be :)

ladyfi said...

Wow - this is magical!

Little Heart said...

Photos are nice. it looks cool :)..

Pradeepa said...

Wow what a beautiful place. Amazing shots.

Marisa said...

Wonderful capture!

Kaori said...

Beautiful view! The mountains are gorgeous :D

Al said...

That looks incredible - a part of the world I'd love to visit one day. Mountains are my favorite place to be.

Aakash Kokz said...

This place looks beautiful. Nice post with amazing pictures.

Charles Ravndal said...

Beautiful! It looks similar to our Hardangervidda here and since Norway is a very mountainous country, so it's not really a surprise.

SpilledInkGuy said...

Absolutely stunning!
An almost magical feeling...

Arti said...

The scenes are so similar to those I witnessed during my Char Dham Yatra! Words fail to describe these places, Gods creation at its very best...
Thanks for sharing.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello,

Beautiful photo and very interesting information.

Have a lovely Sunday,
Joseph

Magia da Inês said...

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Olá!

O lugar é lindo... as fotografias belíssimas, acompanhadas de informações preciosas sobre Tawang, que é um pedacinho do paraíso na terra.

Boa semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil
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cookingvarieties said...

hi kalyan, thanks for your visit, wondered how you found my site. great- this is such a lovely scenery- looks so cool and tranquil- a very peaceful sight for the eyes and soul.
how i wish you publish 3 photos instead :) and of bigger size..

Ambika said...

Awesome pictures, took us through the journey indeed. And thanks for your visit to my blog!

CinnamonNChillies said...

Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog ad leaving a nice comment. I love your blog. Its so colorful. Glad to follow u :-)

Torviewtoronto said...

first time in your lovely site following you
lovely pictures and details looks wonderful

Krishna said...

nice info with beautiful photos

thanks for sharing

and also special thanks for commenting on my blog

Kala said...

Stunningly beautiful place!

tea time and roses said...

Such beauty this is, a beautiful place indeed.

Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog. I hope you come again soon.:o) Happy week to you.

Smiles♥

Beverly

kankana said...

Had no idea Tawang is that gorgeous.All the photos are gorgeous, but the second last picture stole my heart away

betchai said...

this is so beautiful, a rugged landscape that speaks of so much character

Anna said...

Stark beauty! I can breath in the clear stillness and peace!

lisa said...

What a beautiful photograph this is Kalyan!!
Such wonderful serenity.

khushi said...

nice snaps....and a very beautiful write up kalyan

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a dreamlike place! I would love to see the Himalayas. That is one stunning place on earth.

Cheers,

Rosa

Brian Miller said...

nice...gorgeous pic....and sounds like a tryst i would love to take...nature is a place i love retreating to...

London Caller said...

Wow! Such a magical place!
I'm going to Malaysia for my summer holiday.
I hope you have a good one.

kaykuala said...

Reminds me of Kashmir - Gulmarg, Dal Lake and all. Relatively undisturbed and heavenly. Any houseboats there? There are in Kashmir.

P/S Thanks for dropping by.

Leovi said...

Nice pictures, a wonderful place.

Buckeroomama said...

Beautiful!!

Jaya said...

Kalyan Da,
Those pictures speak volume about the magnificent place Tawang is..And you have captured every picture so well ..breath-taking nature's beauty..and congratulation on completing 5 years in blogging world..warm regards

Max Coutinho said...

Hi Kalyan,

Tawang is absolutely stunning! The Buddhist monastery seems magical and enveloping, doesn't it? I bet their mantras pierce our soul.

Thanks for sharing this, man: it is a pleasure to learn more and more about your country :D.

Cheers

lisa is cooking said...

Sounds like an amazing place!

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

superb !

i hope it stays hidden ... doesnt do to have humans convert it into a tourist spot

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

the buddhist monastery ... awesome !! the last monastery i went to was in Kushal Nagar, near Coorg ... amazing work !!!

hey .. ur blog is nice ... i enjoyed quite a number of articles

Eden said...

What a beautiful place !

kalaiselvisblog said...

nice snaps kalyan...

Tawang, it remains me abot my dad's army life..

iam kalai. i think u remember me..

Daydreamertoo said...

Beautiful. I bet it's peaceful there.

Krishna said...

wow! beautiful place...

photos also good

thanks for sharing

Amelia said...

Hi Kaylan, excellent picture. Thanks for sharing with us.

Have a wonderful week ahead.

Maha Gadde said...

nice pic
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Maha

Kungsfiskaren said...

Hi!
Lovely landscape
Greetings from Sweden
/Ingemar