(Our Bureau, June 2) Three Indian peacekeepers were posthumously honored by the United Nations for their valour in peacekeeping missions last year amid the dual threats of violence and a global pandemic. They are among 129 fallen personnel — uniformed and civil — bestowed with the prestigious Dag Hammarskjold Medal. Let’s remember their sacrifice:
- Corporal Yuvraj Singh: An army man who had served with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
- Ivan Michael Picardo: A civilian peacekeeper who also worked in UNMISS.
- Mulchand Yadav: A civilian peacekeeper with the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq.
“I salute the men and women who serve in UN peacekeeping missions in foreign lands to preserve international peace and security,” T S Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, said.
India is one of the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping missions: About 5,000 Indians are presently deployed across the world.
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