Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu
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Uttarakhand mountaineer Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu has become the first Indian to summit Mount Everest a record six times. The mountaineer, a Padma Shri awardee who works as an assistant commandant with the Border Security Force, achieved the feat.
Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, under the ministry of defence, has confirmed to TOI that Dharmshaktu is the first Indian to summit the peak six times.“It is a testimony to the hard work, determination and courage of Love Raj that he has achieved this rare distinction. We are extremely proud of him,“ said Col Ajay Kothiyal, principal of the institute.
Dharmshaktu's wife Reena Kaushal, who is also a mountaineer and was the first Indian woman to ski almost 900 km to the South pole in 2009, told TOI that her husband was “very happy with the achievement and one of the first things he did was to talk to our four-year-old son, Ojas, who congratulated him.“
The BSF officer was leading a team of three officials of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC).