Haripal Kaushik

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Haripal Kaushik

Birth nameHaripal Kaushik
Nickname(s)Crisis Man
Born(1934-02-02)2 February 1934
Died25 January 2018(2018-01-25) (aged 83)
Jalandhar, India
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Army
RankLieutenant Colonel of the Indian Army.svg Lieutenant Colonel
UnitSikh Regiment
Sports career
Personal information
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
SportField hockey

Haripal Kaushik (2 February 1934 – 25 January 2018) was an Indian field hockey player, military officer and television commentator.[1][2]

Field hockey[edit]

He won gold medals in the 1956 Summer Olympics and the 1964 Summer Olympics. He was assistant captain of the team that won the gold medal in the 1966 Asian Games, and was later a field hockey administrator and television commentator.[3] He received the Arjuna Award for excellence in athletic competition in 1998.[4]

Military service[edit]

Commissioned into the Indian Army in 1959, Kaushik served in the 1st Battalion of the Sikh Regiment.

In the early days of the 1962 Sino-Indian War, Kaushik was commanding the forward company at the Battle of Bumla along the border between India and China when the Chinese People's Liberation Army invaded on 23 October. During heavy combat with much larger enemy forces, he led a successful retreat, saving the unit's heavy machine guns and mortars.[5]

Kaushik was awarded the Vir Chakra for "exemplary courage and self-disregard" on the battlefield. [4] He rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel.[1]

Haripal Stadium at the Indian Army's Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre in Ahmednagar is named in his honor. [4]

Vir Chakra[edit]

The citation for the Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:


Lieutenant Hari Pal Kaushak was commanding a Company holding the Tongpengla position in N.E.F.A. At 05.30hrs on 23rd October 1962 the Chinese started attacking with a Regiment on the Bumla axis with the intention of breaking through to Towang. His company's position was first attacked by a Chinese Battalion, but the attack was repulsed, with heavy losses, by his forward platoon. After the fall of the forward platoon, a second Battalion of the enemy attacked on a wide front trying to overrun the Company's position. Lieutenant Kaushak moved from one section position to another under enemy fire encouraging his troops. He was a source of inspiration to his men who continued to fight with great determination under his leadership. Eventually when under heavy enemy pressure he was ordered to withdraw. he handled the withdrawal skilfully and managed to clear, in the face of enemy fire, all his personnel and weapons including heavy mortars and medium machine guns.[6]

Family and later years[edit]

He was married to Prem Bala Kaushik, who died before him. They had one daughter, Veronica. He died at his home in the Jalandhar cantonment, after suffering from dementia for several years.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Khaira, Rachna. "Hockey Olympian Lt Col Haripal Kaushik passes away". The Tribune. Chandigarh. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Hari Pal Kaushik". database Olympics.com. 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Hari Pal Kaushik". SR/Olympic sports. also was Assistant Captain in 1966 when India won the gold medal at the Asian Games. Nine times Kaushik played for the Service XI team in the All-India hockey tournaments, captaining the team four times. He later became a hockey coach for the Sikh Regiment Centre team. He also served as an administrator in the sport and a commentator on televised hockey games.
  4. ^ a b c "Raising of the Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre". SALUTE to the Indian Soldier. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  5. ^ Singh Kler, Gurdip (1995). Unsung Battles of 1962. Lancer Publishers. pp. 3, 224–233. ISBN 9781897829097.
  6. ^ http://gallantryawards.gov.in/Awardee/hari-pal-kaushak

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