Education: Bachelor of Arts
Height: 5′ 9″
Some lesser known facts about Major DP Singh
- Major DP Singh is a retired Indian Army officer, social worker and para-athlete. He is known for holding records as India’s first blade runner and Asia’s first disabled single para diver.
- During his schooling, Major DP Singh not only failed to clear class 11 in the first attempt but also failed twice to clear the All India National Defense Academy entrance examination.
- During his graduation, Major DP Singh appeared for Combined Defense Services Examination (CDSE), a military entrance exam conducted by UPSC. He cleared the exam and the Indian Army selection process in his second attempt. In an interview DP Singh said,
I was not the brightest kid. I failed once in class 11th and failed to join NDA twice. But I knew what to do. The army had always excited me. When my friends were preparing for IIT, I prepared for CDSE. I could not clear it in my first attempt, but in the second attempt, I cleared my exam and joined the Indian Military Academy.
- In June 1996, Major DP Singh joined the Indian Military Academy (IMA). On 6 December 1997, he was commissioned into the 7th Battalion of the Dogra Regiment of the Indian Army.
- In I998, a few months after his commission, DP Singh, along with his unit, shifted to the Akhnoor sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
- In 1999, when the Kargil War broke out between India and Pakistan, Major DP Singh was posted along the Line of Control (LoC), and in July 1999, DP Singh and his company were ordered to capture a Pakistani bunker which was being monitored. The movement of soldiers of the Indian Army and was located at a very strategically important place.
- In the early hours of 15 July 1999, Major DP Singh led his company to attack the Pakistani post. As he was about to approach the Pakistan Army bunker a few feet away a mortar was fired from him; seriously injured him.
- On 15 July 1999, DP Singh was taken out by his fellow soldiers and admitted to a military hospital, where he was declared brought dead on arrival. Doctors, somehow, managed to revive him and by the time he revived, gangrene, a form of infection, had infected his entire right leg, causing the doctors to amputate his right leg at the knee. did. In an interview he said,
We were just 80 meters away from the enemy post. At that time the 48 hours of silence without firing a single shot was a bit disturbing. When the conflict scene heats up and nothing happens, you feel like something bad is about to happen. There was a sense of foreboding that preceded a tragedy. The killing area of a bomb is eight meters in diameter. Today I can joke that my name was written on that bomb, but still it could not kill me. Jako rakhe saiyan, no one for the sake of death.
- In addition to amputating his right leg, doctors had to remove 73 shrapnels from his body, which were embedded in various parts of the body. Out of 73 pellets, doctors were able to remove only forty pellets. Due to the trauma of the war, DP Singh was also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); A form of psychological disorder. While giving an interview, Major DP Singh said,
Do an X-ray and you will find pieces of shrapnel all over my body with the mark of Made in Pakistan.
- Major DP Singh transferred from Dogra Regiment; an infantry battalion for the Army Ordinance Corps (AOC); A non-infantry battalion, due to his injuries and disability. After serving for eight more years, Major DP Singh retired from the Indian Army in 2007.
- In 2007, after leaving the Army, he joined ICICI Bank as a Training Manager, where he was tasked with framing policies relating to staff training as well as training of new bank employees. He worked in the bank till 2015.
- In 2007, ten years after being injured, DP Singh began practicing running with a prosthesis. Giving an interview, DP Singh claimed that his injuries had started taking a toll on his morale as there was nothing he could do while he was recovering from his injuries. he said,
Yes, it took me 10 years to start running. I was not used to the sympathetic glances I get from people. After a while, I was desperate to change it. I went through a lot of emotions: from laying in bed to learning how to stand on my feet and walk again, first with crutches and then with a prosthetic leg.
- When Major DP Singh started practicing, he had to face a lot of difficulties. According to him, while running, his cut stump started bleeding as the blade, due to friction, peeled off the skin around the stump. He said he could feel a jolt of pain in his head while running with the blade. In an interview, DP Singh said,
Running with a prosthesis was more problematic than I could have imagined. My amputated leg started bleeding because it was pressurized by the prosthesis. Even the skin was beginning to peel. I could feel the pressure coming off the ground and going up to my head. ,
- After retiring from the Indian Army, DP Singh participated in many marathons across the country. In 2009, he completed his first half-marathon of 21 km in New Delhi.
- To support the disabled and help them overcome their difficulties, Major DP Singh founded a non-governmental organization (NGO) called The Challenging Ones (TCO) in 2011. According to DP Singh, the NGO, as of July 2022, had more than 1400 disabilities. as part of it. In an interview he said,
We also have a peer support group. When we come to know about a new case of accident, we try to go and meet the person. Recently, after a marathon in Bangalore, with four new disabilities, I met a teenager named Sachin at Pro Med Hospital, who lost three limbs (two legs and an arm) in a bad road accident. ,
- On 27 November 2011, DP Singh participated in the Airtel Half-Marathon in New Delhi.
- DP Singh participated in his first high altitude half-marathon on 2 May 2014 at Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. He became the first Indian blade runner to complete a high altitude marathon. The marathon was held at an altitude of 11,700 feet.
- In 2015, Red Bull appointed DP Singh as the brand ambassador for its initiative “Wings for Life World Run”.
- In 2016, Adidas launched an initiative called Odds, which aimed to promote its products among people with disabilities. The brand selected Major DP Singh as the brand ambassador of its initiative.
- DP Singh also participated in the 2018 Territorial Army and Athletic Federation of India (TAAFI) Marathon.
- After the Indian Army declared 2018 as the Year of Disabled War Veterans, Major DP Singh was chosen by the Army as the brand ambassador of its initiative. Later in 2018, he was invited to meet the former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Bipin RawatWhere he requested the former Army Chief to allow him training at the Adventure Wing (IAAW) of the Indian Army in Nashik for his upcoming para diving programme.
- In 2018, after the approval of this request, he was sent to Nashik, where he trained for three months. After completing his training, DP Singh performed his first accelerated free fall (AFF) para diving stunt on 28 March 2018, becoming the first Asian disabled veteran to participate in a single para diving event.
- In the same year, he was invited to deliver a speech at ACT NOW, an event organized by the United Nations (UN).
- In 2018, Radio City Kanpur invited Major DP Singh and interviewed him.
- In 2019, to celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas, DP Singh carried the flame of victory from Kargil to Dras to honor the Indian soldiers who took part in the war.
- In 2020, as a speaker, DP Singh participated in the talk show, Transform and Success.
- In 2021, DP Singh was invited as a guest speaker on the international talk show, TEDx.
- In 2021, Major DP Singh was invited by the Indian Navy to participate in the Swarnim Maitri Half Marathon to commemorate the golden jubilee of the 1971 Indo-Pak War.
- In 2021, DP Singh participated in the Super Sikh Marathon in New Delhi.
- In the same year, DP Singh wrote a book titled Grit: The Major Story.
- While training at the Indian Military Academy (IMA), DP Singh’s friends jokingly called him “Drill Purpose”. The term used by the Indian Army for a “dummy” rifle used by trainees to conduct military exercises.
- According to Major DP Singh, when he started using the Blades following injuries, he looked to Canadian para-athlete Terry Fox for inspiration. DP Singh claimed while giving an interview,
I didn’t know about Oscar Pistorius when I started running. Rather, Terry Fox is a much bigger personality than the Oscars. Of course, no one can match what Oscar has done. But I can’t say that I started running because of him.”
- Major DP Singh celebrates his birthday twice a year. He celebrates his second birthday on 15 July, the date when doctors pronounced him dead after suffering life-threatening injuries.
- In July 2022, Sony TV announced that Major DP Singh would participate in the Independence Day special episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC). The episode will be broadcast on national television on 7 August 2022.