Let’s meet Iron man & karmveer – Praveen Tewatia. A true inspiration, Shaurya Chakra and former Marine commando. A braveheart who took four bullets during the 26/11 Mumbai operation in Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai on November 2008. The bullet hit the Chest, lung, Ribs and in an ear, he became partially hearing impaired and right side lung was completed damaged.
In spite of injuries and bullet hit he saved the lives of 150 people on the attack day. His story is a motivation to never give up on your dreams and ambitions. And he stands true to his title of Iron man & karmveer – Praveen Tewatia.
Journey so far…
After being given a non-active duty job by the Navy, as according to navy orders 5% of battlefield casualties can continue in service, Teotia was reassigned to the rank of petty officer. But he didn’t want the desk job and knew he can’t be a commando again. Parveen wanted to prove that he was still fit for service, and began participating in marathons. He later applied for a mountaineering expedition, but again was rejected on medical grounds. He was determined not to lose hope and prove his fitness. With the help of the supportive staff of Taj hotel, he met marathon runner Pervin Batliwala. He later encouraged, trained him for long-distance runs.
A winner and Pride of Bharat
His training began in 2014 and the following year he ran the Mumbai Half Marathon. Further, he ran the Indian Navy Half Marathon in 2016 and in 2017. Alongside, He participated in the Half Iron Man Triathlon in Jaipur in which he had to swim 1.9 km, cycle 90 km and run 21 km. In addition, he took up the Khardung La Challenge and ran at altitudes higher than 18,380 ft. On September 9, despite a damaged lung, he participated in the grueling 72km-long marathon in Ladakh, finished well in time earning a medal.
Parveen has proved his mettle, once while fighting the terrorists and then again while overcoming all the hardships that came in the way of his dreams. He has earned the Ironman title after winning the prestigious Ironman Triathlon Championship 2018 in South Africa.
A special human from the MARCOS unit that saved 150 lives on 26/11 attack, and the incredible valour he showed is beyond words. Shot through the chest, on the head, he survived and then became Iron Champion in the disabled category. “PRIDE OF BHARAT”
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