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Story of Field Marshal Manik Shaw and anonymous war hero Paagi, Maharishi Aaazaad

Megastar Maharishi Aazaad, the international brand ambassador of Sanskrit and a student of military school, said that in every war there are many more heroes who remain anonymous. Such heroes are only patriotic and do not bother any respect.

Sanskrit Mahanayak Aazaad said that today I tell the story of one such hero. The old shepherd in the photo was in fact the greatest royal and hero of the army, who was a strong craftsman behind the scenes of victory of the war of 65 and 71.

It was in 2008 when Field Marshal Manek Shaw was admitted to Wellington Hospital, Tamil Nadu, Madras. The situation was grave, but he used to take a name repeatedly in the quasi-fueled state, 'Pagi-Pagi!' One day the doctors asked "Sir, who is this Paagi?" Sam Sahab himself explained him in detail.

1971, India had won the war, General Manek Shaw was in Dhaka. Ordered to call Paagi, I will eat dinner with him today! A Chopper was sent. While boarding the chopper, there was a bag of pagis, the officers were stunned to open the bag before placing them in the helicopter as per the rules, because it contained two rotis, onions and a dish of gram flour (gathiya). One meal was eaten by Sam Sahab and the other by Paagi. Ranchoddas post was named as a border post of Suigaon International Border area of North Gujarat, it was the first time that a common man should have an army post in his name, along with his idol, Paagi means 'guide', the person who led the way in the desert, and that Ranchoddas Rabari was the Paagi whom General Sam Manik Shaw used to call by this name.

Now let's talk about Ranchoddas of the Pethapur Gathras, a village bordering the Pakistan border of Banaskantha district of Gujarat, who used to do sheep, goat and camel farming. Life changed when Banaskantha Superintendent of Police, Vanraj Singh Jhala, at the age of 58, hired him as a police guide. The skill was such that after seeing the footprints of the camel, he used to tell how many men are riding on it. Human beings used to guess from the weight to the age by looking at the footprints. Even so long ago the mark is there and how far it must have gone, all the exact estimation as if a computer is calculating. At the start of the 1965 war, the Pakistan Army captured Vidhkot on the Kutch border in Gujarat, India, nearly 100 Indian soldiers were killed in this encounter and a 10,000-strong contingent of the Indian Army was required to reach Charkot in three days. Then there was a need for Ranchoddas Pagi for the first time! Due to his grip on the desert paths, he had reached the army 12 hours before the scheduled time.

He was personally selected by Sam Sahab to guide the army and a special post was created in the army, 'Pagi' i.e. the pag or feet. The location and approximate number of 1200 Pakistani soldiers hiding in the Indian border was revealed only by their footprints, and that was enough for the Indian Army to win that front. Along with the guidance of the army in the 1971 war, getting ammunition to the front front was also part of Paagi's work. Paagi's role was important in the victory of the Indian tricolor over the city of Palinagar in Pakistan. Sam Sahab himself gave cash prize of ₹ 300 from his pocket. Pagi also received three honors from the Government of India for his contribution to the war 65 and 71 - Sangram Medal, Police Medal and Samanya Service Medal! Sam Manik Shaw died on 27 June 2008 and in 2009 Paagi also took 'voluntary retirement' from the army. Paagi was 108 years old then! Yes, you read it right ... 'voluntary retirement' at the age of 108! Paagi died in 2013 at the age of 112.

Paagi is still a part of Gujarati folk songs. His valor will always inspire. Ranchoddas Rabari i.e. Paagi, who became immortal forever in Indian military history due to his patriotism, bravery, bravery, sacrifice and dedication despite not having a soldier in the army, despite taking a position in the army. Aazaad, a student of military school, said that the nation is safe because of such heroes. greetings...

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