Education: Master Of Management
Age: 50 Years
Wife: Jaya Sengar
|Full name||Deependra Singh Sengar Dainik Bhaskar|
|Nickname(s)||Deeip & Rocket Deependra Sengar LinkedIn TEDx Talks YouTube|
|Profession||Management professional & Former Army official|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 167 cm
in meters- 1.67 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 6”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms (approx)-52 kg
in pounds(approx)-114 lbs
|Rank (at the time of retirement)||Major|
|Years of Service||1991-2001|
|Reason for Premature Retirement||Physical Disability|
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||"Sena Medal" for intercepting escaping militants in Assam (1999)|
|Date of Birth||28 September 1970 (Monday)|
|Age (as of 2020)||50 Years|
|School||Sainik School, Rewa|
|College/University||• National Defence Academy, Pune (1990)
• Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) (2001-2003)
• The University of British Columbia (UBC) (2012-2013)
|Educational Qualification||• Master of Management from IIMA
• Master of Management program from UBC Dependra Sengar LinkedIn
|Religion||Hinduism The Rajput Community|
|Caste||Rajput The Rajput Community|
|Relationships & More|
|Children||Son(s)- Gyanendra Sengar & Hanut Sengar
|Parents||Father- Name not known
Some Lesser Known Facts About Deependra Singh Sengar
- Major Deependra Singh Sengar is a retired Indian Army officer, who quit the armed forces in 2001 after an injury in combat put him out of action. The braveheart paratrooper, who was once told that he could never walk again, not only overcame his disability but also changed his course and established a successful corporate career as a management professional.
- Born in a small town in Madhya Pradesh, Sengar has had a fascination for the armed forces since childhood. He always dreamt of becoming a soldier. During a keynote speech, he said,
For as long as I remember, I always wanted to join the armed forces, wear the uniform, defeat the bad guys, and live happily ever after.”
- Eventually, his dream became a reality after he graduated from the National Defence Academy in 1990, at the age of 20.
- Approximately 5 feet 6-inch tall Sengar weighed less than 45 kgs and was one of the shortest among 60 people in his NDA batch. His body frame remained the same, as it was earlier, even at the time of his graduation from NDA. As a result, Sengar was rejected on the medical grounds and was put in probation. Apparently, this was the first and the easiest hurdle that life threw at him. He put on some mass and got through.
- While he was training in the academy, he conquered his fear of water. From being a person who was not even familiar with the fundamentals of swimming, he went on to win a gold medal in platform diving. Interestingly, this happened in a mere span of three months.
- During his service in the military, jumping out of flying aircraft, diving off the cliffs, and climbing mountains were his hobbies, and guarding high altitude frontiers like Siachen and taking on the infiltrators was a part of his profession.
- There were two incidents during his service in the armed forces when he was critically injured. The first one happened in 1998 during an anti-Naxalite military operation in Guwahati. After eliminating two militants in a sharp and brief exchange of fire, Sengar was hit by two bullets that pierced through his abdominal and exited from the back. After 15 days of unending surgeries, the doctors told him that his days of soldiering have to be put on hold as his recovery would take around 18 to 24 months. However, he got out of the hospital in three months and was back in action in one year.
- While recovering from the injuries of 1998 combat, Sengar sneaked out of the hospital and travelled 5 hours in a friend’s car to attend the wedding of a unit officer, wearing a colostomy and urine bag.
- The next injury happened in September 1999 that left him at the mercy of a wheelchair. This time he was leading a troop of soldiers to confront newly recruited militants in Kashmir. During the exchange of fire, a bullet fired from an AK-47 assault rifle shattered his hip bone. He was evacuated to the hospital. After he gained consciousness, the doctor informed him about the seriousness of his injuries, saying that he would not be able to walk again. The doctor’s verdict shook him, but he did not lose hope. He searched for an alternative job as he saw no future without his regiment and didn’t want a desk job. After pondering over various choices, he decided to quit his job in the armed forces and enter the corporate sector.
- During his tenure in the military, he received 12 awards for his outstanding service, including the prestigious Gallantry award.
- While recovering from the injuries in hospital, Sengar prepared for the CAT (Common Entrance Test) and joined the IIM (Ahmedabad) to pursue an MBA.
- Sengar had to walk with the support of crutches for more than a decade.
- After doing an MBA from IIM, he started his corporate career as an intern with Lehman Brothers (an investment bank) at one of their branches in Tokyo for one year. In 2003, he joined Dr. Reddy’s laboratories in Hyderabad as a Manager and later became an Associate Director of the firm, heading HR operations of its business unit in Hyderabad. In 2009, he joined IBN as a Delivery Project Executive was then recruited up by Microsoft in 2013. As of 2021, he is working as a Project Manager of Business Strategy and Programs for Microsoft at their office in Greater Seattle Area, USA.
- On 21 January 2020, Jeet Ki Zidd, a web series inspired by Major Sengar’s life, was released on the OTT platform Zee 5. His character in the series is played by Amit Sadh, a former TV actor who turned to movies in 2010.