Thursday, June 26, 2008
The man who gave independent India its finest hour in the past 60 years, passes away. An Officer, Gentleman and a War Hero, he displayed guts not only on the battlefield in WWII, but also had the cajones to stand upto the politicians and protect his own turf. Here's what he told Indira Gandhi on one occasion,
"you mind your own business and I'll mind mine. You kiss your own sweetheart and I'll kiss mine. I don't interfere politically as long as nobody interferes with me in the army."
Among many other things, he had once mentioned to Indira Gandhi with tongue firmly planted on his cheek, that had her Dad not sidelined him, but made him the Indian Army Chief in 1962, India would never have been defeated or humiliated by China.
On being belatedly drafted to fight China in the North-East in 1962, he addressed a group of dejected officers in what was probably the shortest briefing ever, anywhere in the world. His one line address shown below had the most bang for the buck.
‘Gentlemen, I have arrived! There will be no more withdrawals in 4 Corps, thank you;'
Here are a few articles about him,
Interview with Sam Manekshaw
One of India's greatest sons, may his noble soul rest in peace...