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Gallantry Awards:
Background: "This world rests on the arms of heroes like a son on those of his sire.  He, therefore, that is a hero deserves respect under every circumstance.  There is nothing higher in the three worlds than heroism.  The hero protects and cherishes all, and things depend upon the hero".
GALLANTRY has always commanded respect and recognition.  In primitive societies the leadership of the clan or tribe fell upon the most brave.  The origin of the state saw the brave elevated to kingship.  Indra, the most distinguished of the brave among the Indo-Aryans, became the King and the Commander.
The evolution of regular armies, however, demanded elaboration of the system of honours and award.  In the Vedic Age this was done by granting a share to soldiers in the booty.

Government of India gives the following Gallantry Awards:

  Bharat Ratna (1954-77, 1980--)   Coast Guard Medal for Meritorious Service

  Param Vir Chakra (1952--) 

  Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service
  Ashoka Chakra (1952--)

  Police Medal for Meritorious Service (1951--)

  Padma Vibhushan (1954-77, 1980--) 

  Fire Services Medal for Meritorious Service
  Padma Bhushan (1954-77, 1980--)    Home Guards and Civil Defence Medal for Meritorious Service
  Sarvottam Yudh Seva Medal (1980--)    Jeevan Raksha Padak (1961--)
  Param Vishisht Seva Medal (1960--)    Territorial Army Decoration (1952--)
  Maha Vir Chakra (1952--)    Territorial Army Medal (1952--)
  Kirti Chakra (1952--)    Indian Independence Medal 1947
  Padma Shri (1954-77, 1980--)   Independence Medal 1950
  Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak (1961--) 

  50th Independence Anniversary Medal (1997)

  Uttam Yudh Seva Medal (1980--)    25th Independence Anniversary Medal (1972)
  Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (1960--)   30 Years Long Service Medal (1980--)

  Vir Chakra (1952--)

  20 Years Long Service Medal (1971--)
  Shaurya Chakra (1952--)    9 Years Long Service Medal (1971--)
  Yudh Seva Medal (1980--)    Unnat Raksha Suraksha Corps Medal
  President's Police and Fire Services Medal for Gallantry (1951--) 

  Raksha Suraksha Corps Medal

  President's Police Medal for Gallantry

  National Cadet Corps Long Service Medal for 14 Years
  President's Fire Services Medal for Gallantry

  National Cadet Corps Long Service Medal for 7 Years

  President's Home Guards and Civil Defence Medal for Gallantry (1974--)    Mention in Dispatches
  Sena Medal (1961--)   COAS/CNS/CAS Commendation Card
  Nao Sena Medal (1960--)    High Altitude Service Medal

  Vayu Sena Medal (1960--)

  Police (Special Duty) Medal 1962 
  Vishisht Seva Medal (1960--)   Videsh Seva Medal (1960--) 
  Indian Police Medal for Gallantry (1948-51)    President's Police and Fire Services Medal for Distinguished Service (1951--)
  Police Medal for Gallantry (1951--)    President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service
  Home Guards and Civil Defense Medal for Gallantry (1974--)    President's Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service
  Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak (1961--)   President's Home Guards and Civil Defence Medal for Distinguished Service
  Wound Medal (1973--)

  Meritorious Service Medal (1957--)

     General Service Medal 1947    Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (1957--)
  Samanya Seva Medal 1965   Raksha Medal 1965
  Punjab Ribbon
  Sangram Medal (1971)
  Samar Seva Star (1965) 

  Sainya Seva Medal (1960--)

  Poorvi Star (1971)    Special Service Medal (1986--)
  Paschimi Star (1971)   Siachen Glacier Medal (1984--)

 

Disclosure: - The Information provided on this page is taken from web site: http://haynese.winthrop.edu/india/medals/indmed.html

The hard work done by original author Ed Haynes is duly acknowledged.


 

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