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India Criticized for Giving "Gallantry Medals" to Everest Climbers

August 21 2001 at 12:19 PM
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In the you just can't win department check out this report in India Express:

IS climbing Mount Everest in the year 2001 an act of gallantry? Or exemplary bravery beyond the call of duty? Many in the Army are asking this question after Shaurya Chakras were awarded this Independence Day to 12 soldiers who, as a team, scaled Everest on May 21, 2001. Ironically, in the same week in which a 14-year-old boy and a 64-year-old man scaled the peak.

The sidebar notes:

What should they get?
Scaling Mt Everest now is considered significant only in ‘‘special cases’’:
* Youngest person: Temba Tsheri, 15 years: May 22, 2001
* Oldest Person: Sherman Bull, 64 years, May, 25,2001
* First Legally Blind Person - Erik Weihenmeyer, May, 25, 2001
* Most Ascents: Appa Sherpa, on May 24, 2000, became the first person to climb Everest 11 times
* First person to hike from sea level to summit without oxygen - Tim Macartney-Snape, 11th May 1990
* The oldest woman: 52-year-old Anna Czerwinska, May 22, 2000

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