The term hero generally refers to a remarkably brave person, who has admirable quality such as great courage or strength of character, one who fights courageously and selflessly, sacrificing a lot for others.

For a particular individual, a hero may be somebody like movie stars, sportsmen, politicians, etc. However, a  person with a great will of strength, courage, sense of humanity and wisdom is a real hero.

Now I would like to share and enlighten you about the true unsung heroes of India, they have laid their lives for this nation and yet most of us do not know anything about them. All of us must take inspiration from these people from different walks of life, whose extraordinary strength, wisdom and courage will stir our hearts. These people who had shown true heroism and whose acts have made them immortal.

They deserve to be known, remembered, and honored forever by our generation and by all our future generations. I think movies should be made on the lives of these heroes will hugely impact and motivate our generation to be like them.

They are the unsung heroes of November 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai.

1. Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan :

Major Sandeep Unnikrishan

The thirty-one-year-old National Security Guard (NSG)commando, who sacrificed (laid down) his life while fighting the terrorists in Mumbai in November 2008. Sandeep Unnikrishnan had made up his mind to join the army when he was just eight years old and studied in class III only. He served the country for two tenures (period of time) with his battalion in countering (fighting) insurgency (revolt, riot,etc.) and terrorism. He became a part of NSG in January 2007. Major Sandeep was deployed (set on the position) on the 27th of Nov. to clear Hotel Taj from the terrorists. He did not care for his own life to evacuate (vacate) one of his commandos when he was injured in the exchange of fire. He also chased the terrorists facing all danger to his life.

2. Vishnu Dattaram Zende :

Vishnu Dattaram Zende

Vishu was an announcer for ten years at the Mumbai Railways, heard a loud explosion at one end of the CST platform on the 26th Nov., and also saw people running with bloodstained clothes. Sensing something unusually wrong, he used the public announcement system to tell people to go out from different existing doors. He did not leave his place to save his life; he continued making announcements for about half an hour. He knew it very well that the terrorists could attack him. They also fired a bullet towards Vishnu’s cabin, but it could not hit him.

3. Karambir Singh Kang :

Karambir Singh Kang

Karambir was the  General Manager at the Taj Hotel. He wasn't worried about his own family’s safety first, but instead, he helped his guests and staff out of the hotel. His family and children were trapped in a room which was ablaze with fire due to which they lost their lives due to suffocation.  But he kept on doing his duty even though he had lost his family. After that tragedy, he did not leave his job. He is still working there and helping to restore the heritage structure of the Taj Hotel.

4. Chief Hemant Karkare :

Chief Hemant Karkare

Hemant was a part of the Anti - Terrorism Squad. Hemant Karkare was a brave officer and he had served in Austria for seven years in the research and Analysis Wing of India in the capacity of an intelligence officer. He was unfortunately gunned down by the terrorists. His two companions DIG Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salskar also sacrificed their lives to save the country’s honor. They sacrificed his life so that we may live in a terror-free country.

5. Mohammed Taufeek Sheikh :

He was popularly called as Chhottu Chaiwala. He was a young man who ran a tea stall at CST station. He was the person who reacted immediately in helping and transporting the injured persons to Saint George Hospital. In this way, he had saved the lives of many injured persons by acting promptly.

6. Sandra Samuel :

Sandra Samuel was the caretaker of Moshe, she saved the life of a two-year-old Moshe Holtzberg when the terrorists attacked Mumbai in2008. It was the time when Nariman House was attacked. Moshe’s parents were killed in that attack. I'm very happy and I think writing this article is a tribute from me to these unsung heroes.


I'm extremely happy and honored to write this article about our unsung heroes and I would like to consider this as my tribute towards these brave heroes.