Major Deependra Sengar Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Education: Master Of Management
Age: 50 Years
Wife: Jaya Sengar

Deependra Singh Sengar

Full nameDeependra Singh Sengar [1]Dainik Bhaskar
Nickname(s)Deeip & Rocket [2]Deependra Sengar LinkedIn [3]TEDx Talks YouTube
ProfessionManagement 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
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Military Service
Rank (at the time of retirement)Major
Years of Service1991-2001
Reason for Premature RetirementPhysical Disability
Awards, Honours, Achievements "Sena Medal" for intercepting escaping militants in Assam (1999)
Personal Life
Date of Birth28 September 1970 (Monday)
Age (as of 2020)50 Years
Zodiac signVirgo
SchoolSainik 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 [4]Dependra Sengar LinkedIn
ReligionHinduism [5]The Rajput Community
CasteRajput [6]The Rajput Community
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseJaya Sengar
Deependra Singh Sengar with his wife, Jaya, and son, Gyanu
ChildrenSon(s)- Gyanendra Sengar & Hanut Sengar
Deependra Singh Sengar with his wife and children
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Name not known
Mother-Mayarani Sengar
Deependra's parents and children

Major Deependra Singh Sengar at the Great Wall of China

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.
    A picture of Senger (first from the right) days after he was introduced to swimming

    A picture of Senger (first from the right) days after he was introduced to swimming

    Sengar receiving gold medal in a platform diving competition held among the students of his NDA batch

    Sengar receiving the gold medal in a platform diving competition held among the students of his NDA batch

  • 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.

    Deependra Sengar (on the left) at Siachen Glacier

    Deependra Sengar (on the left) at Siachen Glacier

  • 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.

    Major Deependra Singh Sengar being welcomed by the soldiers of his regiment after recovering from the combat injuries sustained in 1998

    Major Deependra Singh Sengar receiving a warm welcome by the soldiers of his regiment on his arrival to the unit after recovering from the combat injuries sustained in 1998

  • 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.

    A picture from 2009 showing Deependra Singh walking with the help of a crutch

    A picture from 2009 showing Deependra Singh walking with the help of a crutch

  • 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.