Colonel Narendra “Bull” Kumar – UPSC Prelims

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the demise of Colonel Narendra ‘Bull’ Kumar.
  • Colonel Narendra “Bull” Kumar (1933 – 2020) was an Indian soldier–mountaineer.
  • He is known for his expeditions across various mountain ranges such as the Himalayas and Karakorams, and respective subranges such as the Pir Panjals and Saltoro Mountains.
  • His reconnaissance efforts on the Siachen glacier were key to the Indian Army’s reclamation of the forward posts of the glacier in Operation Meghdoot in 1984.
  • He was the deputy leader of the first successful Indian Mount Everest expedition in 1965.
  • He was a recipient of multiple military and civilian honours including the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Kirti Chakra, and the Padma Shri.
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