UN honours Indian peacekeepers
India, which has lost a total of 106 soldiers, policemen and other personnel in the cause of world peace since 1955, has been honoured by the United Nations with the Dag Hammarskjold medals in recognition of sacrifices by its nationals during peacekeeping operations.
The United Nations recognised the supreme sacrifices by the peacekeepers yesterday and India was among the first 20 countries to be honoured, with 106 Indian peacekeepers receiving the medals posthumously.
India's Acting Permanent Representative to the UN, A Gopinanthan, received the medal presented posthumously to Sepoy Ram Chander Nasim, who served with the UN Emergency Force in the Middle East and was the first Indian casualty in the peacekeeping operations. Nasim died on August 19, 1955.
The medal was presented by Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping operations Jean-Marie Guehenno at a brief solemn ceremony. The remaining 105 medals were handed over to the Indian officials at the end of the formal ceremony.
Other countries which received the medals included China, Argentina, Australia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, South Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Brazil, Chad, Chile, Croatia, Denmark and Greece. India is among the largest troop contributors to the United Nations.
March 16, 2002, India