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Remembering Sam Bahadur

Thursday, 27 June 2013 - 2:31pm IST Updated: Thursday, 27 June 2013 - 3:38pm IST
Today is Sam Maneckshaw's death anniversary. Popularly known as Sam Bahadur, he was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal.

"Manekshaw, as needs little explaining, was not just a solider and an army chief, but a larger-than-life hero for several generations of Indians born post-Independence."

Ayaz Memon's column on Sam Maneckshaw recalls the man who was not just a solider and an army chief, but a larger-than-life hero for several generations of Indians born post-Independence.

Ajay Bharadwaj on the Larger than Life Punjabi Parsi - When Punjab mourned the loss of the the only tender link it had with the Parsi community

Read this interview of Lieutenant General Depinder Singh, who was military assistant to Manekshaw during the 1971 war and has written the official biography Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw: Soldiering With Dignity: on planning, conducting and winning the 1971 war

Shocking but true. Sam 'Bahadur' Manekshaw, who became the nation's first Field Marshal, did not find a place in the Actual Warrant of Precedence (AWP): When Home, defence sparred over Sam's status

... and Josy Joseph's touching obituary of Bahadur: Good night and good luck

What made genial general Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw a legendary folk hero in the army circles as well as among the people at large was his disarming ability to wear his successes and heroism lightly on his sleeve.

He was indeed an icon of democratic India.


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