Ashoka Chakra which is circular, gold gilt with 1. 3/8 in diameter bears a wheel with spokes which is commonly associated with the Chakra of Ashoka the Great, surrounded with lotus wreath and ornate edge. Suspended by the straight bars the medal is named at the edge. On the rear side the word Ashoka Chakra is written in both Hindi and English; on either side there is a lotus design while the centre is blank with the hope of engraving the details of the award at the centre. Regarding the ribbon it is 32mm long with 15mm Dark Green on the right, 2mm Saffron in the centre and 15mm Dark green on the left. Historically Ashok Chakra was introduced in 4th January 1952 when it was marked as Ashok Chakra Class I. Before 1967 these decorations were class- based which was removed in 1967 and these awards were renamed as Ashok chakra, Kirti Chakra and Shaurya Chakra. This was important as it represented the essence of independence from the British taboos in military forces. This was further followed by the series of awards like Padma Vibhushan and Padmashree award and such peace time awards which are granted as social honours.
Ashok Chakra has been known for including the bravests who served the nation at the time of crisis. Among others Havildar Rajesh Kumar of Eleventh Rajput Rifles along with Major Mohit Sharma from 5th Madras regiment and Major D. Sreeram Kumar of 39 Assam Rifles received Ashok Chakra in 2010. While Havildar Rajesh Kumar was in the Ghatak team who was on search in the dense forests of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir; Major Mohit Sharma who was born in Ghaziabad, U.P., was killed in a confrontation with the terrorists in Hafruda forests of Jammu and Kashmir. Major D.Sreeram Kumar serving with 39 Assam rifles since March 2007 had eliminated as many as 12 terrorists in a counter insurgency with the terrorists in North East. Along with Indian National Army, Ashok Chakra is also awarded to the officers of Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.
Thus Ashok Chakra along with Param Vir Chakra is one of the most honorary awards which stand as India's pride. These awards had been biggest source of encouragement for those brave shoulders who remain and guard our boundaries while at the same time exhibit exemplary courage at the time of need.