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List of famous peoples (personality) of Uttarakhand. Great freedom fighters, army person, warriors and social activists, folk singers, literature writers, and politicians of Uttarakhand state of India. List of persons who work for the social welfare of society, fight against Britishers, also fights against social abuse. Also the list of famous army persons who die for our nation. Also the list of brave warriors who left the marks in the history of Uttarakhand.

Army

British Army

Gabbar Singh Negi (Victoria Cross Winner)

Gabar Singh Negi, was born on 21 April 1895 at Manjaur village near Chamba, in the Indian district of Tehri. The area is in the Himalayas and was part of the original Kingdom of Garhwal, Uttarakhand. He joined the 2nd Battalion of The Garhwal Rifles, a regiment of the British Indian Army, in October 1913; the personnel of the regiment were mainly from the Himalayan hill tribes, and many had served with the Gurkhas.


Chandra Singh Bhandari “Garhwali” (Hero of Peshawar Kand)

Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali was born on the 24th of December 1891 in Meason, Patti Chauthan, Tehsil Thalisain District Garhwal. His real teacher was the rich experience that he gathered in his wide and varied travels during his service in the army and the long terms of imprisonment which he faced with care courage and fortitude in his fight for the freedom of the country.


Darwan Singh Negi (Victoria Cross Winner)

Darwan Singh Negi (November 1881 – 24 June 1950) was the second Indian soldier ever to receive the Victoria cross from the hands of H.M. The King Emperor on the field of battle and was among the earliest Indian recipients of the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Negi was approximately 33 years old, and a naik (equivalent to corporal) in the 1st Battalion, 39th Garhwal Rifles, British Indian Army during the First World War when he performed the deeds during the Defence of Festubert for which he was awarded the VC.

Indian Army


Major Somnath Sharma (First Parmveer Chakra Winner)

Major Somnath Sharma, PVC (31 January 1923 – 3 November 1947), of the Indian Army, was the first recipient of the Param Vir Chakra (PVC), India’s highest military decoration


Major Rajesh Adhikari (First Mahavir Chakra Winner)

Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari, MVC (25 December 1970 – 30 May 1999), was an Indian Army officer who laid down his life during the Kargil War. He was posthumously awarded the second highest Indian military honour, the Maha Vir Chakra for bravery on the battlefield.


Jaswant Singh Rawat (hero of Indo-China War and Mahavir Chakra Winner)

Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat, MVC (19 August 1941 – 17 November 1962) was an Indian Army soldier serving in the Garhwal Rifles who won the Maha Vir Chakra posthumously as a result of his actions during the battle of Nuranang in present-day Arunachal Pradesh, India, during the Sino-Indian War. He was honoured by Mahavir Chakra.


Surendra Singh Panwar (Lieutenant General)

Brigadier Surendra Singh Panwar (19 October 1919 – 29 April 2002) served as an artillery officer in the Indian Army.

Surendra Panwar was born in Dehradun, and attended Colonel Brown Cambridge School as a child.[citation needed] He pursued post-secondary studies at Allahabad University.


Surendra Singh Panwar (Lieutenant General)

Gajender Singh Bisht (1972 – 28 November 2008) was an NSG commando and Havildar (Sergeant) who made his supreme sacrifice during the 2008 Mumbai attacks. His act of bravery was honoured with the Ashoka Chakra award by the President of India on 26 January 2009, India’s Republic Day.


Freedom Fighter / Social Activist


Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant (First Bharat Ratna winner from Uttarakhand)

Govind Ballabh Pant (10 September 1887 – 7 March 1961) was an Indian freedom fighter and one of the architects of modern India. Alongside Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Vallabh Bhai Patel, Pant was a key figure in the movement for India’s Independence and later a pivotal figure in the Indian Government.

He was one of the foremost political leaders of Uttar Pradesh (then known as United Provinces) and a key player in the unsuccessful movement to establish Hindi as the national language of Indian Union.

Today, several Indian hospitals, dams, educational institutions and foundations bear his name. Pant received India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1957.


Hargovind Pant (Freedom fighter and Social activist)

Hargovind Pant (born 19 May 1885) was a freedom fighter and founder of the Kumaon Parishad political group in 1915. He was a member of the Constituent Assembly of India where he represented the interests of the hill districts of United Province. He was elected deputy speaker of the United Provinces legislature on 4 January 1951.

Hargovind Pant was born to Anandi Devi and Pandit Dharmanand Pant on 19 May 1885. He was raised in the Himalayas when Indian Nationalism had taken root in the minds of educated Indian people which had revolutionary potentialities. He passed his intermediate examination in the first division in 1905 from Govt College of Almora. He graduated from Muir Central College Allahabad and subsequently got his L.L.B. degree from School of Law, Allahabad in the year 1909.

Pant started his law practice in the year 1910 at Ranikhet. He contributed lavishly for starting local papers with nationalistic ideas so that the masses could be educated and informed about political awakening in the country and he himself started Kumaon Parishad, the first political organization in Uttarakhand.



Kalu Mahra (First freedom fighter of Uttarakhand)
Kalu Mahra (First freedom fighter of Uttarakhand)
Kalu Singh Mahara was a Kumauni leader during Indian Rebellion of 1857. He is known as the first freedom fighter from Kumaun, then in the United Province.[1] Mahara is a variant spelling in English of Mehra[2]

Kalu Mahara was the leader of the Vishung Patti of Kumaun, Karnakarayat in present. This region is situated near Lohaghat, in district Champawat of Uttarakhand.


Badri Dutt Pandey (Kumaon Keshari)
Pandit Badri Datt Pandey (15 February 1882 – 13 February 1965) was an Indian historian, freedom fighter, and subsequently, a Member of Parliament from Almora in independent India.

Along with Govind Ballabh Pant, he was one of the foremost political leaders from Uttarakhand (then a part of the United Provinces in British India). He was popularly known as and remains remembered in the region as, the Kumaon Kesari. This title is derived after the “Coolie-Begar movement” in 1921. He also published a revolutionary newspaper”Shakti” on 15 Oct 1918 on the day of Vijaydhashmi.

His book in Hindi on the history of Kumaon is a compendium and a treatise on Kumaon, and is titled, Kumaon Ka Itihas


Indramani Badoni (Gandhi of Uttarakhand)
Indramani Badoni was born on 24th December 1924 in village Akhori in Tehri. He is popularly known as ‘Gandhi of Uttarakhand’ for leading a historical movement for the creation of Uttarakhand state. The movement remained thoroughly non-violent in spite of provocation from several quarters. His name has become synonymous with the Uttarakhand movement that was launched to demand the separate hill state, and indeed it was with his long struggle and vigorous leadership that the hill state could eventually become a reality. The explorer’s soul in his body took him to the unknown places in the central Himalayas of Uttarakhand. It was he who discovered the Khatling glacier, the source of river Bhilangana.

Since his student life Indramani Badoni was active in socio-political movements. In 1962 he was elected the Chief of Jakholi Block and in 1969 he got elected to U.P. state assembly from Devprayag constituency.

His arrest enraged the people and the movement gained momentum resulting in the creation of Uttarakhand on 9 November 2000. Alas, Indramani Badoni could not see the new state as he died on 18 August 1999.


  • Barrister Mukundi Lal (Writer of Gharwal Paintings)
  • Sri Dev Suman
  • Gaura Devi (Chipko Andolan)

Artist

Folk Singer

  1. Girish Chandra Tiwari (Girda)
  2. Mina Rana
  3. Narendra Singh Negi
  4. Gopal Babu Goswami

Radio

  1. Devkinandan Pandey (Gandhi of Kumaon)

Hunter

  1. Edward Jim Corbett (Jim Corbett National Park)

Literature

  1. Sumitranandan Pant (Hindi writer)
  2. Ruskin Bond (English writer)

Scientist / Explorer

  1. Pandit Nain Singh Rawat (Who create Asia’s map)

Warrior

  1. Tilu Rauteli (Garhwal ki Jhansi ki Rani)
  2. Jiya Rani (Maula Devi)
  3. Madho Singh Bhandari (Maletha)
  4. Rani Karnavati (Naak Kati Rani)

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