A Salute to Our Little Bravehearts On This Children’s Day

A child is the most innocent form of a being, no wonder those sparkling eyes can change a frown to a smile. We all have cherished memories of our childhood. Be it building a sand house or our favourite game of hide and seek, everything that childhood brought to us, is the most treasured part of our lives. While most of spent our childhood in playing pranks and being mischief, there were some who went a step ahead to save others. Every year our country celebrates these bravehearts by felicitating them with National Bravery Award on the Republic Day. This Children’s Day let us salute these little heroes for their valour.

Our Young Heroes
Our Young Heroes

Here is a list of all recipients of National Bravery Award 2016.

Shivampet Ruchitha, Telangana

Shivampet Ruchitha
Shivampet Ruchitha

8-year-old Shivampet Ruchitha became the youngest person to receive the award this year. On July 24, 2014, Ruchita saved two of her schoolmates when a train hit their school bus. Showing extraordinary presence of mind, she pushed two students out of the window and jumped off the bus herself too. She was honoured with the Geeta Chopra award.

Arjun Singh, Uttarakhand

Arjun Singh
Arjun Singh

In July 2014, a tiger entered 16-year-old Arjun Singh’s house in Uttarakhand. He showed extreme courage and fought it off, saving his mother’s life. Arjun went into a room and picked up a sickle to fight the tiger. As it was too small to hit from a distance, Arjun grabbed a stick and waved it towards the tiger. He did not stop until the villagers reached there and the animal ran away on seeing the crowd. Arjun received the Sanjay Chopra award.

Late Shivansh Singh, Uttar Pradesh

Parent's of Late Shivansh Singh
Parent’s of Late Shivansh Singh

Shivansh Singh, a 14-year-old medal-winning swimmer from Faizabad, was posthumously honoured with the prestigious Bharat Award. He lost his life while trying to save his friend from drowning in the Saryu River.

Late Gaurav Kawduji Sahastrabuddhe, Maharashtra

Parents of Late Gaurav Kawduji Sahastrabuddhe
Parents of Late Gaurav Kawduji Sahastrabuddhe

Gaurav was only 15 when he lost his life while rescuing four of his friends from drowning in the Ambazari lake. Gaurav swam for 20 minutes and rescued them all. But while trying to pull out the last boy, he hit his head on a submerged stone and drowned. He received the Bharat Award.

Aromal SM, Kerala

Aromal SM
Aromal SM

12-year-old Aromal is one of the six winners from Kerala. He saved two women from drowning in a 14-feet pond and was honoured with the Bapu Gaidhani Award.

Rakeshbhai Shanabhai Patel, Gujarat

Rakeshbhai Shanabhai Patel
Rakeshbhai Shanabhai Patel

This 13-year-old received the Bapu Gaidhani Award for saving a boy who accidentally fell into a well.

Ramdinthara, Mizoram


On January 2, 2015, Ramdinthara saved two boys who were stuck on a transformer fence. The 15-year-old pulled the boys out with his bare hands and took them to the hospital. He received the Bapu Gaidhani Award.

Abinash Mishra, Odisha

Abinash Mishra

Abinash Mishra, 12, saw his friend drowning in Kushabhadra River. Without thinking twice, he just jumped into the river and swam to the shore after saving his friend. He is one of the recipients of the General National Bravery Award.

Chongtham Kuber Meitei, Manipur

Chongtham Kuber Meitei

13-year-old Chongtham Kuber Meitei became a local hero after he jumped into a 10-feet deep well to save a girl from drowning. He was awarded the General National Bravery Award.

Kashish Dhanani, Gujarat

Kashish Dhanani

10-year-old Kashish protected his 15-months-old sibling from a German Shepherd. He received the General National Bravery Award.

Muhammad Shamnad, Kerala

Muhammad Shamnad

14-year-old Muhammad Shamnad risked his life to save a little girl from drowning in a pond. He received the General National Bravery Award.

Mohit Mahendra Dalvi, Maharashtra

Mohit Mahendra Dalvi

14-year-old Mohit saved his 10-year-old neighbour from drowning in Banganga Lake last year. He was honoured with General National Bravery Award.

Abhijith K.V, Kerala

Abhijith K.V

15-year-old Abhijith was honoured with the General National Bravery Award for saving his friend from drowning in a 25 feet deep pond.

Sarwanand Saha, Chhattisgarh

Sarwanand Saha

Sarwanand Saha received the General National Bravery Award for saving a man from drowning in Mahanadi River.

Sai Krishna Akhil Kilambi, Telangana

Sai Krishna Akhil Kilambi

This 15-year-old saved his mother from electrocution. His mother came in contact with a live electric wire when she was washing the floor. Sai Krishna was quick to think on his feet and he instantly rushed forward to turn off the mains supply while making sure that he did not step into the water. He was honoured with the General National Bravery Award.

Dishant Mehndiratta, Haryana

Dishant Mehndiratta

On April 4, 2015, Dishant Mehndiratta was at his home in Panchkula, with his mother and younger brother when a strange man came to their house looking for his father. He later took out a knife and put it on her his mother’s neck and threatned the kids to bring out all the valuables and cash in the house. Dishant fell on the man’s feet pretending to plead with him. And after a few seconds, he suddenly stood up, grabbed the knife from his hand, and threw it away. The family raised an alarm and got him arrested. Dishant received the General National Bravery Award for this courageous act.

Joena Chakraborty, Chhattisgarh


Joena Chakraborty

When a man snatched away her father’s mobile phone, 10-year-old Joena Chakraborty started running after him without wasting a single second, and brought the phone back.

Nilesh Bhil, Maharashtra

Nilesh Bhil

Nilesh Bhil from Kothli was awarded the General National Bravery Award for saving a boy from drowning.

Beedhovan, Kerala:


14-year-old Beedhovan saved a boy from electrocution and was honoured with the General National Bravery Award.

Nithin Philip Mathew, Kerala:

Nithin Philip Mathew

13-year-old Nithin was honoured for saving his neighbour’s family after their house caught fire in a cylinder blast.

Bhimsen, Uttar Pradesh:


On November 16 last year, a boat got overturned in Sarayu River. 12-year-old Bhimsen, who was present on his own boat, jumped into the water and saved 14 people from drowning.

Angelica Tynsong, Meghalaya: Angelica Tynsong, 13, from Ri Bhoi district, saved her 7-month-old brother when their house caught fire on February 1, 2015.

Angelica Tynsong

Angelica Tynsong, 13, from Ri Bhoi district, saved her 7-month-old brother when their house caught fire on February 1, 2015.

Anandu Dileep, Kerala:

Anandu Dileep

14-year-old Anandu Dileep was going to his tuition class with his friends. They were crossing a bridge when his friend slipped and fell into the 10-feet-deep canal. Anandu jumped into the water and rescued him.

Maurice Yengkhom, Manipur:

Maurice Yengkhom

Maurice was playing on the terrace with his friend who suddenly got an electric shock. The 14-year-old picked up a cane chair and started hitting him till he was free. This saved his friend’s life.

Vaibhav Ramesh Ghangare, Maharashtra

Vaibhav Ramesh Ghangare

Vaibhav Ramesh Ghangare from Wardha also received the General National Bravery Award. He saved a 6-year-old child from drowning.


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