One of the films that are about to release in the Bollywood world is Ajay Devgn's upcoming 'Bhuj' in which Sanjay Dutt is playing a role called Ranchordas Rabari aka Pagi. Few people know about them. Today, we tell you in detail about them. After all who is, the Ranchordas Rabari aka Pagi...
The elderly shepherd in the photo, in reality, was the biggest prince of an army. 2008 Field Marshal Manek Shaw was admitted to Wellington (Tamil Nadu) Hospital. In critical condition and in a half-consciousness, he used to take one name often – “Pagi-Pagi!” One day the doctors asked, "Sir who is this Pagi?" And Sam sahib himself explained… 1971 India had won the war, General Manek Shaw was in Dhaka. Instructed that call Pagi, I will have dinner with him today. The helicopter was dispatched. While boarding the helicopter, a bag of pygmy remained at the bottom, which was lowered back to the helicopter to pick up. When the officers opened the pouch before placing it in the helicopter as per the rules, they were surprised because it was filled with two Rotis, onions, and a dish of gram flour (gout). Sam sahib ate one roti for dinner and the other eaten by Pagi.
The same border post in the Suigaon International Border area of North Gujarat was named Ranchordas Post. This happened for the first time that there should be an army post in the name of a common person and his statue was also installed. Pagi means 'guide,' the person who shows the way in the desert. General Sam Manik Shaw used to call 'Ranchordas Rabari' by this name. Pethapur, a village adjacent to the Pakistan border in Banaskantha district of Gujarat, was the Ranchordas of the Gathdas. Sheep used to rear goats and camels. Life changed when, at the age of 58, Banaskantha Superintendent of Police Vanraj Singh Jhala hired him as a police guide.
The ability was so much that by looking at the footprints of the camel, he used to tell how many people are riding on it. By looking at human footprints, he used to estimate from weight to age. How long ago the mark is and how far it would have gone, all accurate estimates as if a computer was doing calculations. At the beginning of the 1965 war, the Pakistan Army captured Vidkot at the Kutch border in Gujarat, India, in this encounter about 100 Indian soldiers were martyred and a contingent of 10 thousand soldiers of the Indian Army was required to reach Charkot in three days. Then there was the need for the first time Ranchordas Pagi! Thanks to his grip on the desert routes, he got the army to the destination 12 hours ahead of schedule. To guide the army, he was chosen by Sam Sahib himself and a special post was created in the army 'Pagi' i.e. the knowledge of the feet or paws.
The location and approximate number of 1200 Pakistani soldiers hiding on the Indian border was revealed to the Indian Army only after knowing their footprints, and this was enough for the Indian Army to conquer that front. In the 1971 war, along with the guidance of the army, getting ammunition to the front was also part of Pagi's work. The role of Pagi was important in the victory of the Indian tricolor that was hoisted over the city of Palinagar in Pakistan. Sam Saab himself gave a cash prize of Rs 300 out of his own pocket. Pagi also received three honors, Sangram Medal, Police Medal, and Samar Seva Medal for his contribution to the 65 and 71 wars. Sam Manik Shaw died on 27 June 2008 and in 2009 Pagi also took 'voluntary retirement' from the army. Then the age of Pagi was 108 years. Yes! You read that right… 'Voluntary retirement' at the age of 108! Pagi died in 2013 at the age of 112. Even now they are part of Gujarati folk songs. Their bravery stories will be sung for ages. Due to his patriotism, valor, bravery, sacrifice, dedication, and decency, Ranchordas Rabari, meaning our 'pagi,' became immortal in Indian military history forever.