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Friday, June 27, 2008

Sam Manekshaw - Epitome of valor and brilliance!

Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, alias Sam Bahadur, the first Field Marshal (Jan 1, 1973) in the Indian army was truly one of India's greatest soldiers. He had inspired India's younger generation - a whole generation indeed!

Sam Bahadur was the architect and the inspiring leader of the operation which gave India its greatest military victory in the 1971 war. He truly embodied all traits that one associates with the best in the Indian Army. His strategic brilliance, inspirational leadership, shrewd tactics, uncanny ability to motivate the forces are all well-known. He showed acumen for immaculate planning and impeccable administration. He joined the first batch of cadets at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.

He is a Military Cross awardee for taking the seven bullets from a Japanese machine gun which whipped through his body while fighting in the deep jungles of Burma. The man who sported his trademark handlebar moustache was also witty, forthright and approachable to a fault.

The country honoured him with Padma Bhushan in 1968 and Padma Vibhushan in 1972.

TechnoparkLive! salute this brave son and valiant soldier of India!

Jai Hind!

(Hari Nair)

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