National Bravery Award
The National Bravery Awards are a set of awards given annually to about 25 Indian children below 16 years of age for "meritorious acts of bravery against all odds." The awards are given by the Government of India and the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW). The award was instituted in 1957
Details of the awards
The National Bravery Awards consist of five categories, which are .
- The Bharat Award
- The Geeta Chopra Award
- The Sanjay Chopra Award
- The Bapu Gaidhani Award
- The General National Bravery Award
How it All Started
On Gandhi Jayanti day, 2 October 1957, India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was watching a performance Delhi's Ramlila ground, at the Red Fort. During the performance, a short circuit caused a fire to break out in a shamiana (decorated tent). Harish Chandra Mehra, a 14-year-old scout, promptly took out his knife and ripped open the burning tent, saving the lives of hundreds of trapped people. This incident inspired Nehru to ask the authorities to establish an award to honour brave children from all over the country. The first official National Bravery Awards were presented to Harish Chandra and one other child on 4 February 1958, by Prime Minister Nehru, and the ICCW ( Indian Council for Child Welfare) has continued the tradition ever since. The Sanjay Chopra Award and the Geeta Chopra Award were established in 1978, in memory of two Chopra children who lost their lives while confronting their kidnappers. The Sanjay and Geeta awards are given to a boy and a girl for acts of bravery. The Bharat Award was established in 1987, and the Bapu Gaidhani Award was established in 1988.
In 2001, Scholastic published a commemorative book featuring the winners of the 1999 National Bravery Awards. The book was entitled Brave Hearts.
Each year, the ICCW receives applications for the National Bravery Award. These applications come from official agencies such as local and district governments, school authorities, and councils for child welfare. The applications must be received by 30 September to be eligible for selection.
Awardees are selected by a committee constituted by the ICCW. This committee consists of representatives from leading government and non-government organizations, such as the secretariats of the president and the vice-president, the Central Social Welfare Board, the Indian Police, All India Radio, Doordarshan, the National Bal Bhavan, SOS Children's Villages of India.
The awards are usually announced on 14 November, Children's Day, or in January the following year, and later presented by the prime minister on the eve of the Republic Day, and prior to this the President hosts a reception in their honour, where the children meet the media. On 26 January, the awardees take part in the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath, New Delhi.
List of awards
|Year||Name||Act of bravery||Age||Indian state of origin|
|1995||Sowmith||Saved 4-year-old child from drowning.||11 years||Bihar|
|1996||Vardhana||Confronted armed robber and helped police.||8 years||Bihar|
|2000||Sunil||Confronted armed militants who had attacked their village.||9 years||Jammu & Kashmir|
|2000||Robert Cruiser||Confronted armed militants who had attacked their village.||13 years||Jammu & Kashmir|
|2000||Sunil Chand Rajan||Saved a little child of 6 year who his sibling from human-eating panther.||9 years||Uttarakhand|
|2001||Surjeet Singh||Fought a night-long battle with a group of 40 militants who had surrounded their village.||18 years||Jammu & Kashmir|
|2001||Amrik Singh||Fought a night-long battle with a group of 40 militants who had surrounded their village.||20 years||Jammu & Kashmir|
|2002||Chinmay Sharma||Foiled a robbery on a Mumbai train.||7 years||Maharastra|
|2002||Charu Sharma||Sustained knife injuries, while trying to foil a robbery on a Mumbai train.||11 years||Maharashtra|
|2002||Shambhavi Ray||Fought two men on a motorcycle, and foiled their attempt to steal her mother's purse.||13 years||Delhi|
|2003||C. Vanlalhruaia (posthumously)||Lost his life fighting the dacoits.||17 years||Mizoram|
|2005||Ratul Chandra Rabha||Chased the militants who killed their school teacher (subsequently one of the militants was caught).||17 years||Assam|
|2005||Rituparna Boro||Chased the militants who killed their school teacher (subsequently one of the militants was caught).||15 years||Assam|
|2007||Babita||Saved several school mates from drowning when their school bus fell into the Western Yamuna canal.||17 years||Haryana|
|2007||Amarjeet||Saved several school mates from drowning when their school bus fell into the Western Yamuna canal.||15 years||Haryana|
|2009||Gaurav Singh Saini||Saved 50-60 people in the 2008 stampede at the Naina Devi temple||13 years||Haryana|
|2011||Kapil Singh Negi (posthumously)||Helped younger schoolmates cross a flooded stream during rains and landslide, but he failed to save himself.||15 years||Uttarakhand|
|2012||Tarang Atulbhai Mistry||Saved four people from drowning in Narmada River||17 years||Gujarat|
|2013||Kumari Mahika Gupta||Saved her brother from floods at Kedarnath (Uttarakhand).||8 years||Delhi|
|2016||Tarah Peju(Posthumous)||Saved her friends from drowning, but failed to manage herself||8 years||Arunachal Pradesh |
|2017||Nazia||Helped Police to stop illegal gambling business||16 years||Uttar Pradesh|
|- |2018 |Kunwar Divyansh Singh |Save younger sister to fighting with horrible bull attack. |13 years |Uttar Pradesh
Sanjay Chopra Award
|1998||Akash Grover||Failed Robbery Attempt||10 years||Uttar Pradesh|
|2000||Prince Kumar and Ashish Kumar||Confronted armed robbers.||12 years|
|Heena Bakshi||Failed robbery attempt|
|2001||Rajput Hirani||Saved building fire.||9 years||Haryana|
|2002||Moneesh Mohan||Saved two children from drowning.||10 years||Dubai|
|2003||Riyaz Ahmed||Lost his hands and a foot in an effort to save a child from a train accident.||9 years||Uttar Pradesh|
|2004||Harry Chaudhry||Received several stab wounds on his stomach while trying to save his sister from assailants knife.||13 years||Delhi|
|2005||Sanmesh Kalyanpur||Saved his sister from drowning during Mumbai Floods.||15 years||Maharashtra|
|2006||V Teeja Sai (posthumously)||Lost his life while trying to rescue some fellow students in river Munneru in Krishna district.||12 years||Andhra Pradesh|
|2006||C V S Durga Dondieswar (posthumously)||Lost his life while trying to rescue some fellow students in river Munneru in Krishna district.||years||Andhra Pradesh|
|2007||Yuktarth Shrivastava||Saved his 11-month-old sister from stray dogs, who attacked them.||6 years||Chhattisgarh|
|2008||Saumik Mishra||Single-handedly fought with two goons who entered his home for theft.||15 years||Uttar Pradesh|
|2009||Karan Nishad||Saved five people from drowning.||11 years||Uttar Pradesh|
|2010||Priyanshu Joshi||Single-handedly fought off a leopard which attacked his sister on their way to school.||10 years||Uttarakhand|
|2011||Om Prakash Yadav||Saved schoolmates from a burning van.||12 years||Uttar Pradesh|
|2012||Gajendra Ram||Saved a child from drowning in well.||11 years||Chhattisgarh|
|2013||Shubam Santosh Chaudari||Saved two children when their school van caught fire.||17 years||Maharashtra|
|2017||Karanbeer Singh||Saved 15 children after a vehicle plunged into a drain||16 years||Punjab|
|2018||Gohil jayram singh|
Geeta Chopra Award
|Year||Name||Act of bravery||Age||Indian State of Origin|
|1987||Monalisa||Saved a blind boy from the attack of bulls||7 years||Odisha|
|1998||Anchal Grover||Failed robbery attempt.||8 years||Uttar Pradesh|
|2000||Shubham Padhy||Foiled robbery attempt.||13 years||Haryana|
|2001||Satyajeet Patra (posthumously)||Lost life while trying to rescue four other children from drowning.||13 years||Rajasthan|
|2002||Guddiben Kalubhai Masher||Saved an infant's life from a wild animal by fighting that wild animal.||13 years||_|
|2003||Ramseena R.M.||Lost her leg while trying to save a young girl from a speeding car.||12 years||Kerala|
|2004||Boya Geethanjali||For fighting seven armed Naxalites at Ananthapuram village, securing the release of a woman Member of Legislative Assembly they were trying to abduct, and forcing the Naxalites to flee.||12 years||Andhra Pradesh|
|2005||Seidalyne Mawtyllup||For saving her three-month-old sister from a blazing house.||10 years||Meghalaya|
|2006||Vandana Yadav||For fighting three local goons single-handedly, suffering 17 stab wounds, and later turning up to identify culprits in the police station.||13 years||Uttar Pradesh|
|2007||Lalrempuii (posthumously)||For resisting her rapist even though she lost her life in the bargain.||14 ½ years||Mizoram|
|2008||Prachi Santosh Sen||Saved four children from electrocution, suffering severe burns to the left hand.||10 years||Madhya Pradesh|
|2009||Maibam Prity Devi||Saved several lives when she rushed and threw away a grenade hurled at her family-owned shop by miscreants, herself hit by exploding splinter.||10 years||Manipur|
|2010||Jismi PM||Saved lives of a nine-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl from drowning in a river.||13 years||Kerala|
|2011||Mittal Mahendrabhai Patadiya||Faced armed robbers and foiled a robbery attempt.||13 years||Gujarat|
|2012||Renu||Exposed physical and psychological abuse at her shelter home.||18 yrs||New Delhi|
|2013||Kumari Maleka Singh Tak||Displayed rare grit and determination in fighting off her molesters.||16 yrs||Rajasthan|
|2014||Kumari Gunjan Sharma||Displayed exemplary valour in saving her friends from the clutches of an abductor||13 yrs||Assam|
|2017||Netravati M. Chavan (Posthumous)||Saved two boys from drowning||14 yrs 10 months||Karnataka|
Bapu Gaidhani Award
|Year||Name||Notes||Age||Indian state of origin|
|1994||Nilesh Umale||Alone saved 4 drowning girls from a flooded river.||12 years||Maharashtra|
|2001||Andy Fernandes, Ashwini Kamath, Shruthi Ullal, Sridevi Damodar||The girls together saved 18 of their classmates from drowning when a boat capsized.||14 – 15 years||Karnataka|
|2002||Sweety Pandey||10 years|
|Dhanajay Ramrao Ingole||13 years|
|Rinku Burman||13 years|
|2003||Vivek Purkayastha||Bravely fought with the dacoits.||14 years||Assam|
|Asit Ranjal Sama (posthumously)||Lost life while trying to save other children from drowning.||17 years||Orissa|
|Lalramdinthara (posthumously)||Lost life while trying to save other children from drowning.||15 years||Mizoram|
|2004||N. Kandha Kumar (posthumously)||Saved two of his schoolmates by pulling them off the school van, stuck at a level-crossing; died while trying to save another.||11 years||Tamil Nadu|
|Master Lalthanzawna||11 years||Mizoram|
|Majda alias Babli||Saved several children between age 3–6 years, from drowning in the Ganges canal.||11 years||Uttarakhand|
|2005||Dugi alias Minati||Revolted against child marriage.||14 years||Orissa|
|C Susheela||Revolted against child marriage.||14 years||Orissa|
|Mahesh Kumar||Saved an 11-year-old girl from the jaws of a tiger.||15 years||Uttarakhand|
|2006||Asma Ayyub Khan||Helped move 35-40 children of her institution to a safe place, during 2005 Mumbai floods.||13½ years||Maharashtra|
|Sushila Gurjar||Fought against the social evil of child marriage.||13 years||Rajasthan|
|Shilpa Janbandhu||Participated in an anti-naxalite movement, Salwa Judum, despite threats.||15 years||Chhattisgarh|
|2007||Raipalli Vamsi||Saved five girls from drowning, by diving into the Nagavali river thrice.||12 years||Andhra Pradesh|
|Boney Singh||Saved two boys from drowning in a water tank near Sagolband Meino Leirak, Imphal West-I.||16½ years||Manipur|
|Amol Aghi (posthumously)||Lost his life in chasing robbers in Geeta colony, Panipat.||15 years||Haryana|
|2008||Asu Kanwar||Displayed amazing courage in standing up against child marriage.||14 years||Rajasthan|
|Kavita Kanwar (posthumously) and Seema Kanwar||Saved their friends from an accidental fire; Kavita lost her life in this accident.||16 years||Chhattisgarh|
|2009||Devansh Bidhuri (posthumously)||Lost her life while saving her brother and his friend from drowning||10 years||Uttar Pradesh|
|Deepak Kumar Kori (posthumously)||Died while trying to save a girl from drowning as villagers looked on.||12 years||Uttar Pradesh|
|Vijith V Edonath||Saved four children from drowning in river.||16 years||Kerala|
|Narendrasinh Solanki||Saved his father from a crocodile in Dhadhar River.||17 years||Gujarat|
|2010||Vishnudas K.||Saved two children from drowning.||17 years||Kerala|
|Moonis Khan||Saved an old man from a railway accident.||15 years||Madhya Pradesh|
|Ipi Basar||Rescued his paralysed 70-year-old aunt and 7-year-old cousin after her village caught fire.||16 years||Arunachal Pradesh|
|2011||Adithya Gopal (posthumously)||Tried to save his friend from drowning, but lost his life.||14 yrs||Arunachal Pradesh|
|Uma Shankar||Rescued victims of a bus accident.||14 yrs||Delhi|
|Anjali Singh Gautam||Saved her younger brother in a naxalite attack.||15 yrs||Chhattisgarh|
|2012||Hali Raghunath Baraf||Saved her pregnant elder sister from a panther.||15 yrs||Maharashtra|
|Vijay Kumar Sainik||Uttar Pradesh|
|Akanksha Gaute||Fought alone with 4 people following her father's bike.||16 yrs||Chhattisgarh|
|2013||Sanjay Navasu Sutar||Outstanding bravery in fighting Leopard.||17.5 yrs||Maharashtra|
|Akshay Jairam Roj||Outstanding bravery in fighting Leopard||13 years||Maharashtra|
|Kumari Mausmi Kashyap (Posthumously)||Sacrificed her life in trying to save a girl from drowning. She has been given the award posthumously.||11 yrs||Uttar Pradesh|
|Aryan Raj Shukla (Posthumously)||Sacrificed his life in saving four of his friends lives by his sense of duty and heroic action. He has been given award posthumously.||14 yrs||Uttar Pradesh|
|Rumoh meto||Helped his elder brother (Milu Mega) stuck to a 33KV high voltage line||13 years||Arunachal Pradesh|
|2016||Tushar Verma||Risked his life to rescue elderly neighbour couple with their three cows and two bulls when the house began to burn.||Chhattisgarh|
- 1982 : Ajmal Khan Gauhar (Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh)
- 1985: Abdhesh Kumar Gupta, (Etah, Uttar Pradesh).
- 1993: Prem Prakash Pathak, (lives in Delhi), native place: Gangolihat, District: Pithoragarh(Uttarakhand).
- 1993: M Pavitra 6 years (Bhopal Madhya Pradesh/Native K Keeranur, Oddanchatram Taluk/Settled at Chennai, Tamil Nadu). Youngest awardee.
- 1987: Vikas D. Satam (Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra), Saurabh Oberoi(Posthumous, SriGanganagar, Rajasthan)and Savottam Jeevan Raksha Padhak 1988;Shantanu Oberoi(SriGanganagar,Rajasthan,ICCW-Rajasthan 1988)
- 1990: Prashant Singh (Rewa, Madhya Pradesh), Prabhakar (Uttar Pradesh).
- 1994: Nilesh Umale,(12)(Vidarbha, Maharashtra)
- 1995: Shivshankar Madhukar Bidri killari earthquake 1993 two persons saved life
- 1997: Nandan Kumar Jha,(15)(Adityapur, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand)
- 2000: Richa Tiwari,(Sagar, Madhya Pradesh) Saved her sister Mansi from drowning into a pond.
- 2001: Aakash Sabharwal (Delhi), Amrik Singh (Jammu & Kashmir) Ashwini Kamath, Andy Tenita Fernandes, Shruti Ullal, Sridevi Damodar, K.J. Kamaraju and Shilpa Satish Tamadaddi (Karnataka); Katta Trinadh and Putta Someshwar (Andhra Pradesh); Sanath (Kerala), Lalitha Devi Yadav, Mehul Sanyal (jabalpur), and Ritu Singh Tomar (Madhya Pradesh), Nijal Omprakash Patil, Narendra Shantaram Bithale, Sharvari Sudhir Mali, Mitali Khanapurkar of Maharashtra, Bhoopendra Singh Bainiwal (Rajasthan), Reshma Mohapatra from Orissa (posthumous), Nikhil (Posthumous), Lalmunsanga, Johny Lalnunfela (Mizoram).
- 2002: Prithi Singh (10), Aparajit Singh (11), Swapnali Harishchandra Ghag (13), Rukaiya Begum (14), Nikky Maria Jacob (14), Jessamma George (16), Ashok Kumar Choudhary (18), Abdul Razak CM (16), Mumthaz TM (12), Balkrishna Upadhyay (17), Shreshthi Amrit Gorule (17), Naseer Khan (13) and Justin K Tom (19).
- 2003: Chuneshwari Kothalis, Ramsadharan (Chhattisgarh), Nitin Uttamrao Kakde, Dyaneshwar Manikrao Kakade, Raju Namdev Kakde, Satyam Mahendra Khandekar, Skiewtidaris Lyngkhoi (Meghalaya), Pratap Vikubhai Khachar (Gujarat), Neelam Rani, Sarita Tyagi, Sunita Devi Sighdoya, Swati Tyagi, Sushma Rani (Haryana), G. Kranthi Kumar, Thotakura Mahesh (Andhra Pradesh) Ram Nayan Yadav (Uttar Pradesh), Harish Rana (Uttaranchal), Ajith Kumar P.T, Saneesh K.S, Suramya U.R. (Kerala).
- 2004:Hotilal, Km Mahima Tiwari both from Uttar Pradesh, Master Ramandeep Singh and Master Pawan Kumar of Punjab (Joint Deed), Master RK Rahul Singh of Manipur, Km Shiney TA, Master Sajan Antony, Master TP Krishna Prasad and Master Johncy Samuel all from Kerala, Master Khiangdingliana of Mizoram, Km Priyanka of Haryana, Master Gopal Singh Sondia of Madhya Pradesh, Master B Sai Kushal of Andhra Pradesh and Master Vinod R. Jain of Karnataka.
- 2005:Master Sarath sabu, Km. Divya TV, Late Master Shibu T (all from Kerala), Master Laxman (Chhattisgarh), Master Mukesh Kumar Tanwar (Madhya Pradesh), Master Puttijungshi (Nagaland), Master Nelson Karam, Km L. Pusparani Devi (both from Manipur), Master Nagarani Venkateswara Rao (Andhra Pradesh), Master Santosh Ramesh Dahe (Maharashtra).
- 2006: Master Aakash Saha (New Delhi), S/O Ravi Saha & Purnima Saha was awarded for helping and donating blood at the age of 15, was taken under custody for donating blood being a minor by Delhi Police however was applauded later and awarded by Dr A P J Abdul Kalam on Republic Day.
- 2006: Km. Deepa Kumari, Master Sudhir Jakhar, Master Pawan Kumar Parashar, Master Rajender Kumar (all from Rajasthan), Kumari Anita Singh Lodh (Madhya Pradesh), Master David Kino (Arunachal Pradesh), Master Michael N.George (Delhi), Master Joel Salim Jacob (Kerala), Master Parth S Sutaria, Kum Antara Srivastava, Kum Ankita Ashok Bhosle (all from Maharashtra), Km. Paonam Babyrose Devi (Manipur), Km. Pooja Kabadwal (Uttaranchal), Master Rahul Chaurasia (Uttar Pradesh).
- 2007: Master Raveendra Halder, Master Ravi Kumar Jhariya, Master Awadhesh Kumar Jhariya, Master Manas Nishad (all from Chhattisgarh), Master Vishnu C.S., Master Bijin Babu (both from Kerala), Master Kavvampalli Rajkumar, Master Pinjari Chinigi Sab (both from Andhra Pradesh), Km. Meher Legha (Noida, UP), Master Ankit Rai, Late Master Abhishake and Late Master Suraj (all from Haryana), Master Subhash Kumar (U.P.), Km. Congress Kanwar (Rajasthan) and Master Sunil Kumar P.N. (Karnataka).
- 2008: Master Gagan J. Murthy, Km. Bhoomika J. Murthy (Karnataka), Km. Silver Kharbani (Meghalaya), Master Yumkhaibam Addison Singh (Manipur), Master Vishal Suryaji Patil (Maharashtra), Master Shahanshah (Uttar Pradesh), Km. Dinu K.G. (Kerala), Master M. Marudu Pandi (Tamil Nadu), Km. Anita Kora, Km. Rina Kora (West Bengal), Km. Manjusha A (Kerala), Km. Kritika Jhanwar (Rajasthan), Km. Hina Quereshi (Rajasthan), Master Manish Bansal (Haryana) and Master Rahul (New Delhi). For the first time, an award-winner's real name was withheld, as he identified the men who planted bombs on Barakhamba Road in New Delhi, during 13 September 2008 Delhi bombings, and helped police make sketches of the suspects.
- 2009: Uddesh R. Ramnathkar (Goa); Zonunsanga and Lalrammawia (Mizoram); Sujith R., Amal Anthony, Krishnapriya K. and Sujith Kumar P. (all from Kerala); Dijekshon Syiem (Meghalaya); Thoi Thoi Khumanthem (Manipur); Vaishaliben Sambhubhai Solanki (Gujarat); Rekha Kalindi, Sunita Mahato and Afsana Khatun, (all from West Bengal); and Yogesh Kumar Jangid (Rajasthan).
- 2010: Kalpana Sonowal and Rekhamoni Sonowal (Assam), Rahul Kurrey and Parvati Amlesh (Chhattisgarh), Anoop. M. and Raj Narayanan (Kerala), Rohit Maruti Mulik (Maharashtra), Md. Nurul Huda (Macnipur), Freedy Nongsiej and Lovelystar K. Sohphoh (Meghalaya), Lalmawizuali (Mizoram), Gurjeevan Singh (Punjab), Late Km. Chhampa Kanwar and Shrawan Kumar (6yrs) (Rajasthan), Bibek Sharma (Sikkim), Uttam Kumar (Uttar Pradesh), Late Km. Shruti Lodhi (Uttarakhand) and Sunita Murmu (West Bengal).
- 2011: Yandam Amara Uday Kiran and Suthrapu Shiva Prasad (Andhra Pradesh), Ranjan Pradhan and Km. Sheetal Sadvi Saluja (Chhattisgarh), Km. Divyaben Mansangbhai Chauhan (Gujarat), Sandesh P Hegde and Km. Sindhushree B.A. (Karnataka), Mohammed Nishadh V.P., Anshif C.K. and Sahsad K (Kerala), Johnson Tourangbam and Kshetrimayum Rakesh Singh (Manipur), Late C. Lalduhawma (Mizoram), Km. Prasannta Shandilya (Orissa), Dungar Singh (Rajasthan), G. Parameswaran (Tamil Nadu), Late Km. Lovely Verma (Uttar Pradesh) and Late Km. Saudhita Barman (West Bengal).
- 2012: Ramdinthara (Mizoram, posthumous), Devansh Tiwari (Chhattisgarh), Mukesh Nishad (Chhattisgarh), Lalrinhlua (Mizoram), E. Suganthan (Tamil Nadu), Ramith.K, (Kerala), Mebin Cyriac (Kerala), Vishnu MV (Kerala), Koroungamba Kuman (Manipur, 7 yrs), Sameep Anil Pandit (Maharashtra), Viswendra Lohkna (Uttar Pradesh), Satendra Lohkana (Uttar Pradesh), Pawan Kumar Kanaujiya (Uttar Pradesh), Mahika Sharma (Assam) Stripleaseman Mylliem (Meghalaya), Sapna Kumari Meena (Rajasthan), Suhail KM (Karnataka).
- 2015: Labhanshu Sharma (15) (Rishikesh, Uttarakhand)
- 1987:Naga Varaprasad Surikuchi (6) won National Bravery Award for saving his brother from drowning in a well. ('Bhimavaram, Andhrapradesh')
Note: Many others who have received these awards are not listed in this due to the unavailability of the complete information about them.
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