Vijay Karnik - Updated May 2024

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Vijay Karnik

Vijay Karnik is a retired Indian Air Force Personnel who served in IAF as a Wing Commander. Vijay Karnik is known for his contribution to the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War.

Early life

On August 6, 1946, Vijay Karnik was born in Nagpur, Maharastra, India. As of now, he is 76 years old and his birth sign is Leo.
According to the nationality, he is an Indian and belongs to the Asian ethnicity. Likewise, he was born to a Hindu family. He was born to his father Srinivas Karnik and his mother Trabai Karnik.
Additionally, his father is a retired Government Officer. Karnik has grown along with his siblings. He has brothers named Vinod Karnik, Ajay Karnik, and Laxman Karnnik.
And, he has a sister named Vasanti. Karnik has completed his education and graduated in Science. But, the school’s name of him is not known yet.
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Caption: Vijay Karnik’s parents. Source(F News Hub)

What happened at Bhuj Airport in 1971?

During the war of 1971, Pakistan attacked with 8 squadrons of Sabre jets. Therefore, the opponent dropped more than 14 Napalm bombs on the Bhuj on 8th December.
Thus, this destroyed the Indian Air Force Airstrips. It took an hour to get the airstrip repaired. So that, it can get operational for the ongoing war.
Additionally, the task seemed to be impossible due to less time. And, due to the lack of workers for the restoration of the runway.
Similarly, Karnik took charge of Bhuj Airport. he decided to take the help of the locals of Bhuj to rebuild the airstrip.
To help the Indian Army, he convinced 300 local women of the village of Madhapur. Due to the bombing by opponents, it became more difficult to rebuild the airstrip.
However, he along with the other 2 senior officers, tried to make the airstrip operational. Finally, due to the efforts of 300 women airstrip was restored within 72 hours.
Later, the War was successfully ended. Then, the whole operation of rebuilding the airstrip was named Pearl Harbour Moment of India.
Later, PM appreciated the efforts of all 300 women. And, they were awarded a group award of Rs 50,000 by the government.

Vijay Karnik – Career

On May 26, 1962, Vijay Karnik was assigned to the Indian Air Force. Thus, he served as a Squadron Leader in Bhuj during the Indo-Pakistani War, in 1971.
He fought the Indo-Pakistani War, in 1965, and the Sino-India War, in 1962. Therefore, he is known for his contribution to the Indo-Pakistan War. Vijay was posted to 6 Squadron at Pune, in 1967.
On October 1, 1985, he was promoted as Wing Commander. Later, he was retired from his service on October 14, 1986. Therefore, a film has been made in his life story.
And, the film was titled Bhuj The Pride of India. Therefore, the film started Ajay Devgan in the lead.
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Caption: A film poster of Vijay Karnik’s life story. Source(Instagram)

Vijay Karnik – Net worth 2023

Vijay had contributed to the Indian Force Army. Thus he is known for his contribution to the Indo-Pakistan War. Probably, Karnik earned a good amount of money.
Therefore, the estimated net worth of Karnik is Rs 60 lakh INR. Undoubtedly, he is living a happy and comfortable life.

Vijay Karnik – Personal life

Vijay Karnikis married Usha Karnik. She is a proprietor of a Shahnaz Husain Franchise. Additionally, they tied the knot on February 20, 1965.
Usha gave birth to a son named Paresh Karnik. And, also a daughter Shalakaa Karnik. His son Paresh works at the Time. And, his daughter is a director of a theatre group.
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Caption: Vijay Karnik with his daughter. Source( F News Hub)

Rumors and controversies

He is known for his good deeds during the war. Therefore, he has highly contributed during the war. But, he has stayed out of rumors and controversies.
Additionally, he has been an inspiration for many other people. he has been managing his personal and professional life.

Body measurement

Vijay is good-looking and handsome at this age too. he stands 5 feet 8 inches tall (173 cm/ 1.73m). And, Karnik weighs around 70kg (154 lbs).
he has a biceps size of 12.5 inches and wears a shoe size of 10 UK. Additionally, Karnik’s body measurement is 40-32-33 inches respectively. he has black pairs of eyes and greyish-white hair color.

Social Media

He is not active on social media accounts. Thus, there is a chance that he has kept his accounts private.