Sam Bahadur – RIP

A soldier’s General, Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw crafted India’s greatest military victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war that created just not history, but also a new nation. Affectionately called “Sam Bahadur”, Manekshaw, 94, was the architect of many a military triumph, but his finest hour came when Pakistani forces were vanquished in 14 days flat. And Bangladesh was born.

Just before the Bangladesh operations in December 1971, the then prime minister Indira Gandhi asked Manekshaw, who was the Army Chief then, “General are you ready” (for the war). Pat came the reply from the dapper officer, “I am always ready sweetie.” Indira was not unpleased, nor offended.

On another occasion, Indira asked him whether he was planning to take over the country. Pointing to his long nose, the General replied: “I don’t use it to poke into other’s affairs.”

Read the tribute to one of India’s greatest soldier here.

Above pictures from Wikipedia & Bharat Rakshak

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7 Comments

  1. Manpreet says:

    I told my little daughter about him today.
    A legend passes away.

  2. I was sad reading about this news. I am glad you blogged about it.

  3. Sachin says:

    One of the India best soldier is no more…. We can just dream of doing what he has done for our country …….. a real role model …… long live the legend

  4. Yes, long live the legend. I too really must tell my kids about him like you have Manpreet. They should know.

  5. Liju Philip says:

    @Manpreet, i grew up listening to his deeds from my father. I hope to pass on the legend to my kids too.

    @Poonam, in a depressing political scenario, its great to see people who gave close to 40 years of their active lives to the Indian army. And in such exceptional way.

    @Sachin, a person whom we can truly idolise.

    @IHM, yup the future generation should know so that they dont take our freedom for granted.

  6. riyazahmed says:

    he is one of the great person. We lost a very great personality of our nation.

  7. lazybug says:

    What Style. What Charisma. RIP.

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