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Avtar Singh Cheema

Avatar Singh Cheema
BornPunjab, India
AllegianceIndia
Service/branchArmy
Awards
1965 Indian stamp dedicated to the 1965 Everest Expedition
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meets the members of Indian Everest Expedition 1965 on the occasion of Golden Jubilee of this on May 20, 2015
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and members of Indian Everest Expedition

Avatar Singh Cheema (1933–1989) was the first Indian man and the 16th person in world to climb Mount Everest.[1] Along with 8 others he was a part of the third mission undertaken by the Indian Army, in 1965, to climb Mount Everest after two failed attempts. The Indian Everest Expedition 1965 put 9 mountaineers on the summit on 20 May, a record that lasted 17 years, and was led by Captain M S Kohli. Cheema's fellow summiters were Nawang Gombu, Sonam Gyatso, Sonam Wangyal, Chandra Prakash Vohra , Ang Kami, H. P. S. Ahluwalia, Harish Chandra Singh Rawat and Phu Dorjee.[2][3][4][5][6][7] He was a captain in the 7th Battalion, The Parachute regiment at that time. Later he was promoted to colonel and commanded his battalion.[8] He is also founder of Guru Harkrishan Public School in Sri Ganganagar District, Rajasthan.[citation needed]

Honors and awards

He was awarded the Arjuna award[9] and Padma Shri[10] for his achievements.

References

  1. ^ "Avtar Singh Cheema -". www.everesthistory.com.
  2. ^ "First successful Indian Expedition of 1965-". www.istampgallery.com. 22 January 2015.
  3. ^ "First successful Indian Expedition of 1965-". www.thebetterindia.com. 17 June 2015.
  4. ^ "First successful Indian Expedition of 1965-". www.youtube.com. Archived from the original on 15 December 2021.
  5. ^ Kohli, M. S. (December 2000). Nine Atop Everest-First successful Indian Expedition of 1965-. ISBN 9788173871115.
  6. ^ "The first Indians on Everest-First successful Indian Expedition of 1965-". www.livemint.com. 16 May 2015.
  7. ^ "The first Indians on Everest-First successful Indian Expedition of 1965-". www.himalayanclub.org.
  8. ^ "EverestHistory.com: A. S. Cheema". Archived from the original on 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  9. ^ "Arjuna Award for The first Indians on Everest on 1965-". www.sportsauthorityofindia.nic.in. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Padma Shree for The first Indians board-padmaawards.gov.in". Archived from the original on 21 October 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2019.

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