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Pushkar Nath Zadoo

(1928 – 1948) – (Jammu & Kashmir)

Pushkar Nath Zadoo (Aged 20), born on April 15, 1928, was the son of Pt. Vasudev Zadoo and Smt. Devki Zadoo. His father was an engineer in the Jammu & Kashmir Government. For his graduation, Pushkar Nath studied Science stream subjects at Amar Singh College in Srinagar.

He was drawn to the left-wing political groups that were prevalent in the intellectual circles of Kashmir. A group of young men in Srinagar called the Progressive Group started a Peace Brigade as the first line of defense in Kashmir. Pushkar Nath Zadoo led a group of volunteers to Handwara to stall the march of the invaders. Despite having almost no weapons, they put up a brave fight. Once Indian Army units started arriving, Pushkar Nath and other nationalist youngsters like him were deployed to provide logistical support to the Indian forces and also assisted in gathering local information/intelligence. This area saw continuous action for a long period, almost until the end of 1948.

Pushkar Nath was deployed on the Titwal Front, where he died in action in July 1948. His sisters (Kamla, Tulsi, Krishna, and Indu) and brother Vijay were bright and socially active students who were aware of the political happenings. Even in their early teens, Kamala, Krishna, and Indu joined the National Militia (Women’s Self Defense Committee or WSDC).