Tribute to honor the sacrifices of the gallant Indian Jawans (infantrymen) who in the 1962 Sino-Indian War fought to the last man and the last round on the icy desolate peaks of the Himalayas with obsolete bolt-action Lee-Enfield rifles against the assault rifles, heavy machine guns, mortars and artillery of the People's Liberation Army of China.
During 1962 (Indo-China) war days, Kavi Pradeep heard about Param Vir Major Shaitan Singh Bhaati. He was so touched by his sacrifice and bravery that he penned down the lines 'Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon'.
Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo emerged as one of the greatest patriotic songs of India. It was while listening to Lata Mangeshkar's rendition of 'Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo' that the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, was moved to tears. Reportedly later he confessed to the singer: "Beti tune mujhe rula diya" (my daughter, today you made my eyes moist.)
For writing the song, Pradeep was conferred the honour of "Rashtriya Kavi" (National Poet) by the Government Of India.