Family of Lt Col Ajit V Bhandarkar SC
Lt Col Ajit V Bhandarkar, SC born on 31st Dec 1960, Ajit ‘s parents are Late.Mr. Udupi Vasudev Bhandarkar and Mrs. Shakunthala Vasudev Bhandarkar. He did his schooling in Sainik School Bijapur, where he got disciplined and groomed to lead. He was the school captain of Hoysala house where he displayed all the traits of an excellent leader. In Jan 1978 he joined the 59th course, Golf Squadron of NDA and on 19th Dec 1981 got commissioned in the 18 MADRAS Mysore unit of the MADRAS Regiment. After which there was no looking back, as a young captain he got married to Mrs. Shakunthala Bhandarkar on 11 Oct ,1990 . As a major, did his Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Tamil Nadu (DSSC), 49th course in the year 1992-93. After serving Indo-China border and in the Army headquarters and he did the Senior Command and was posted as a second in command (2 IC) of 25 Rastriya Rifles at Surankot, Jammu. It was here he got martyred fighting terrorist and was awarded Shaurya Chakra, gallantry award, posthumously.
Blessed with two boys Nirbhay and Akshay he was a very devoted father, a caring son to his old parents and fond of his two elder brothers, Col Arun Bhandarkar and Anil Bhandarkar .True to the spirits of Olive Green (og) he believed that his country always came first in his duty.
Keeping to the tradition and also following the footsteps of their father, Nirbhay is now Maj. Nirbhay Bhandarkar, joined his father’s regiment. 18 Madras Mysore Regiment, presently serving in Jammu and Akshay is now Lt. Akshay Bhandarkar,in Indian Navy.
*Note: Both the Lt Col Ajit Bhandarkar’s mother and wife share the same name.