Palra: A village which defends India

This little-known village of Haryana, made famous by its most famous son, Subedar Major Umrao Singh, VC, continues to maintain its strong links with the Indian Army.

Palra has another claim to fame. It is a rare example of a village where almost each family has at least one member serving in the defence services. Villagers say there are over 1,100 persons from a total of over 900 families currently serving in the forces, mainly the Army. Every year, a number of youth from the village join the Army.

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