Sekhon

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Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon PVC
Postal Stamp issued by Indian government in the honour of Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon
Statue of Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon and his aircraft, 10 sep 2013
Postal Stamp issued by Indian Military in the honour of Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon

The Sekhon is a Punjabi Jatt tribe that inhabits parts of Punjab in India and Pakistan. They are found in many villages of Indian Punjab.

Sekhon in History[edit]

Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, PVC (17 July 1943 - 14 December 1971) was an officer of the Indian Air Force. He was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India's highest military decoration, in recognition of his lone defence of Srinagar Air Base against a PAF air raid during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. He is the only member of the Indian Air Force to be so honoured.[1]

Sant Singh Sekhon (1908–1997) was a Punjabi playwright and fiction writer. He is part of the generation of Indian authors who mark the transition of India into an independent nation, scarred by the tragedies of partition. In 1972, he won the Sahitya Akademi Award for Mittarpiara. He was also awarded the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian awards, in 1987. He was a Professor of Eminence at the Punjabi University in Patiala; after his death, a chair was set up at the university in his name.

Meaning of the last name Sekhon[edit]

The surname Sekhon was the name of a Rajput also in rajestan "Sekhnath Parmar" from a Rajput clan. He migrated from Pakistan and Rajasthan to Punjab, according to one version. Some king wanted to marry his daughter. Sekhnath and his fellow villagers were against it, so they planned a plot: they requested the King not to bring a large barrat because of their poor economic condition and the king readily agreed to it. He came with a small group of soldiers. Sekhnath and his friends started killing them. The king however escaped. The whole village had to run from there because of the King's anger and Sekhnath migrated to the Punjab. People in Punjab started calling him Shekhoo, Shekhnoo, etc., and slowly it refined into Sekhon with the British raj. In Punjab, most of the Sekhon in Punjab are staying in Bthinda,Mansa,Mukatsar,Patiala,Rajasthan,Utter Pradesh.

S.No. Area
1 Bhhucho (Bathinda)
2 Borewal (Mansa)
3 Mullanpur Dakha, Chhapar(Ludhiana)
4 Rukhala (Mukatsar)
5 Sherewal (Mukatsar)
6 Sakohan, Bakshiwala, Kaulgarh, Kanhgarh, Kishangarh and Karmgarh (Patiala)
7 Shekhu --> Taranagar and Jhotwala (Rajasthan)
8 Majhola Khurd, Bhoola Nabipur,Ratanpur Khurd, Kamhera and Tughlakpur (Uttar Pradesh)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IAF scales 3 virgin peaks in Ladakh region". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2012-07-27.