Come 24 January, 25 young individuals will receive National Bravery Honors from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Among them is Gaurav Kawduji Sahastrabuddhe, the 15-year-old teenager from Maharashtra who perished while saving the lives of four of his friends.
The youngster is slated to get the ‘Bharat Award’, the highest of the National Bravery awards. The award will be presented to his parents on his behalf, just like the parents of 13-year-old Shivansh Singh, who will receive an award posthumously for sacrificing his life in a courageous attempt to save his friend from drowning in Saryu river.
The coveted Geeta Chopra award will go in the hands of 8-year-old Shivampet Ruchitha of Telangana who showed extraordinary courage in saving two lives when her school bus was hit by a train, while 16-year-old Arjun Singh will be bestowed with Sanjay Chopra Award for showing outstanding bravery in fighting a tiger to save his mother.
The Bapu Gaidhani Award will be given toRamdinthara, aged 15, of Mizoram, who saved two people from electrocution, along with Rakeshbhai Shanabhai Patel, 13 years old, of Gujarat, and Aromal SM, age 12 years, from Kerala.
While Rakeshbhai saved a boy who fortuitously fell into a deep well, Aromal played savior for two ladies, saving them from drowning.
All the awardees will receive the honors from PM Modi, and all of them will also take part in the Republic Day parade on 26 January.
Other beneficiaries of the Bravery Awards include: Kashish Dhanani (Gujarat), Maurice Yengkhom and Chongtham Kuber Meitei from Manipur, Angelica Tynsong (Meghalaya), Sai Krishna Akhil Kilambi (Telanagna), Joena Chakbraborty and Sarwanand Saha (Chhatisgarh), Dishant Mehndiratta (Haryana), Beedhovan, Nithin Philip Mathew, Abhijit KV, Anandu Dillep, Muhammad Shamnad (all from Kerala), Mohit Mahdenrda Dalvi, Nilesh Revaram Bhil, Vaibhav Ramesh Ghangare (all from Maharashtra), Abinash Mishra (Odisha) and Bhimsen from Uttar Pradesh.
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