Hello, I Shivani Pimpalapure of grade 4 ,I have penned down a poem on the bravery of Galwan Valley hero, Late Colonel Bikumalla Santosh Babu, who was accorded the prestigious Mahavir Chakra posthumously. He was the Commanding Officer of the 16 Bihar Regiment, and was martyred during the clashes with Chinese troops in Galwan last year in 2020.
The Night When the Snow Leopard Roared
“I see Chinese troops entering our territory,
I repeat, I will have to take action!”
There he was with invincible spirit fighting unarmed bravely,
caught unawares that fateful night of August 29, 2020.
The skirmish with Chinese soldiers in Ladakh's Galwan Valley,
Was carried out to provoke the Indian military.
That night saw invincible courage and notable gallantry,
With exemplary leadership, quick wittedness, and intense devotion to duty.
Imagine the plight he went through that cold, dark night that lay,
When he came face to face with the enemy whom he wanted to keep at bay.
The fierce Operation Snow Leopard was underway,
He roared his battle cry and numerous Chinese troops he did slay.
Santosh Babu as he was called lovingly,
Knew he wouldn’t survive the attack surely.
But he had sworn his last breath for his beloved country,
With dry chapped lips whispered his final prayer silently.
Rest! my fallen hero, your valour will forever be imbedded in the hearts of humanity.
I take pride in the magnanimous Indian Army,
For nurturing such brave hearts consistently.
Being in-charge of our country’s safety
Undertaking this perilous, unimaginable journey.
His supreme sacrifice has left me all teary,
Imagining that he took the enemy head-on without artillery.
His martyrdom did not go in vain as he has ignited in me and many
The passion to conquer our fears and defend the nations prosperity until eternity.