As India celebrates the 101st birth anniversary of her brave heart son Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw who was India’s first filed marshal and led the Indian army in liberating Bangladesh from Pakistani rule.
Born on April 3, 1914, Manekshaw was the 8th chief of the Army staff popularly known as Sam Bahadur (“Sam the Brave”), was an Indian military leader who was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the five star rank of Field Marshal. His distinguished military career spanned four decades and five wars, beginning with service in the British Indian Army in World War-2. Manekshaw rose to become the eightf chief of staff of the Indian Army in 1969 and under his command, Indian forces conducted victorious campaigns against Pakistan in the Indo-Pak war of 1971 that led to the liberation of Bangladeshin December 1971
Paying tribute to the great fighter, here a few famous quotes made by him:
a) If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha. – Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.
b) I wonder whether those of our political masters who have been put in charge of the defense of the country can distinguish a mortar from a motor. A gun from a howitzer. A guerilla from a gorilla, although a great many resemble the later.- Sam Manekshaw
c) There will be no withdrawal without written order and those orders shall never be issued.- Manekshaw.
Well these are the words of a true patriot who left a life of comfort and luxury and turned out to be greatest Spartan India ever had.