The highly prestigious national award Champions of Change Award 2021 was organized on 26 February 2023 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Former Hon’ble President of India Sh. Ram Nath Kovind was the Chief Guest of the occasion. Sh. Ram Nath Kovind conferred the awardees with Gold medal and certificates.
The dignitaries who were awarded were Union Minister, Revolutionary Dr Lakshmi Sahgal, Legendary author Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Pt Chhannulal Misra, Sub Major Sanjay Kumar, Former PS to Hon'ble PM of India Sh Nripendra Misra, Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, Sh Anuj Wahi, Dr Sundeep Aanand, Former Union Minister Ashok Pradhan, Founder of MeghaShrey NGO Seema Singh, Film Actress Juhi Chawla, Indian actor R Madhavan, Astrologer Sohini Sastri, Dr Mir Jawad Zar Khan, Dhyara Batra, and Sh Debashish Patnaik.
Sub Major Sanjay Kumar was awarded a Gold medal and a certificate by Sh Ram Nath Kovind Ji.
Sub Maj Sanjay Kumar is a name that is etched in the annals of Indian military history as a symbol of courage, bravery and sacrifice. He was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, the highest military honor in India, for his outstanding gallantry and bravery during the Kargil War of 1999.
Rifleman Sanjay Kumar volunteered to be the leading scout of the attacking column tasked with capturing area Flat Top of Point 4875 in the Mushkoh Valley on 4th July 1999. During the attack, enemy fire from one of the sangars stalled the column. However, with utter disregard for his personal safety, Rifleman Sanjay Kumar charged at the enemy and killed three intruders in the ensuing hand-to-hand combat. Despite being seriously injured, he charged onto the second bunker, killing another enemy soldier and securing the area.
His brave actions inspired his comrades to take on the enemy and wrest the area Flat Top from their hands. His unwavering courage, exceptional devotion to duty, and cool presence of mind in the face of extreme danger made him a true hero of the Kargil War.
Sub Maj Sanjay Kumar's legacy as a brave soldier who never hesitated to put his life on the line for his country will always be remembered and celebrated. His name will forever be etched in the hearts of his fellow soldiers and in the history of the Indian armed forces as a symbol of selflessness and courage.
Honouring his remarkable bravery and selflessness, Sub Maj Sanjay Kumar is being conferred with the Champions of Change Award, 2021. This award is a tribute to his extraordinary contributions to the country and serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by the Indian armed forces to protect the nation.
Champions of Change is an Indian award, for promoting Gandhian values, (Swachata), community service and social development in Aspirational (undeveloped) districts in India, selected by Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Former Chief Justice of India and Former Chairman NHRC along with former judges of the Supreme Court of India, diplomats and senior journalists.
Interactive Forum on Indian Economy annually organizes Champions of Change Award at International, National and state-Level in India and it is usually presented by the President, Vice-President, Governor or the constitutional persons of India. From this year onwards, this award will be organized internationally at Washington DC, USA by the name of ‘Global Champion of Change’. Advocate Nandan Jha is the founder and Chairman of Champions of Change Award.