India - Republic of: Sainya Seva Medal with Clasp: Jammu and Kashmir, awarded to Driver Devram Ascat, Indian Army Service Corps, who was present on operations for at least one year in Jammu and Kashmir after 27th October 1947 under conditions of special hardship and severe climate.
India - Republic of: Sainya Seva Medal with Clasp: Jammu and Kashmir; (145991 DVR. DEVRAM ASCAT.)
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Awarded to Driver (No.145991) Devram Ascat, Indian Army Service Corps, who was present on operations for at least one year in Jammu and Kashmir after 27th October 1947.
The Sainya Seva Medal or Service Medal was awarded in addition to the General Service Medal 1947, but was awarded for additional service to personnel of the armed forces in recognition of services under conditions of special hardship and severe clime. Recipient’s with at least one years service in Jammu and Kashmir after 27th October 1947 qualified for this medal with this clasp. Immediately after independence, tensions between India and Pakistan began to boil over, and the first of three full-scale wars between the two nations broke out over the then princely state of Kashmir. The Maharaja of Kashmir wanted to have a stand still position. Since, Kashmir was a Muslin majority state, people of Kashmir wanted to be a part of Pakistan. Majority revolted, and as a result, Maharaja Hari Singh appealed to India, and to Lord Mountbatten of Burma, the Governor General of India, for help. He signed the Instrument of Accession to India. It took two weeks for Indian forces to reach war front. Indian troops were airlifted to Srinagar, which ought to be a part of Pakistan. Therefore the Pakistan Army had to step in. This contingent included General Thimayya who distinguished himself in the operation and in years that followed, became a Chief of the Indian Army. An intense war was waged across the state and former comrades found themselves fighting each other. Pakistan suffered significant losses. Its forces were stopped on the line formed which is now called LOC (Line of Control). An uneasy UN sponsored peace returned by the end of 1948 with Indian and Pakistani soldiers facing each other directly on the Line of Control, which has since divided Indian-held Kashmir from Pakistan-held Kashmir. A number of UN resolutions (38–47) were passed calling for a plebiscite to be held in Kashmir to determine accession to India or Pakistan. These resolutions were never accepted by India. Tensions between India and Pakistan, largely over Kashmir, have never since been entirely eliminated.