Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

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Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby SSridhar » 03 Apr 2003 16:50

Sir, many happy returns from a grateful Indian.

Manekshaw turns 90
[The Hindu, 03 April 2003


Legendary military figure Field Marshal S H F J Manekshaw, the master strategist who fashioned India's victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war, turned 90 today. Manekshaw is in the Capital and is being felicitated by the Indian Armed forces on the occasion of his birthday. "I am delighted to be here and to see all the Generals many of whom were once my students," said Manekshaw at a birthday eve dinner organised by Chief of Army Staff N C Vij last night. Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, popularly known as Sam Bahadur, was the first Indian Commissioned officer to become the Army Chief in 1969 unlike his predecessors who were all Sandhurst trained officers and known as King's Commissioned Indian officers.

He was made India's first Field Marshal in 1973 after 40 years of service and the only Army General to have this five-star honour so far. An Infantry officer, he received the Padma Bhushan in 1968. Mankeshaw, known for his outstanding professional ability, was the architect of the 13-day war in December 1971 that broke up Pakistan and led to the creation of Bangladesh. The Field Marshal, who truly loved soldiering and inspired troops to keep going even in the most difficult situations, was born in Amritsar on April 3, 1914. He was the fifth child of a family of four brothers and two sisters.

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby Nikhil Shah » 03 Apr 2003 18:28

Janm Diwasni Subhkamna Aapney!

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby member_201 » 03 Apr 2003 19:19

Janam Din Mubarak Ho, Manekshaw Sahib!

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby Umrao » 03 Apr 2003 19:23

Janamdina midam .......
Bhavatu jeevitham Sardhakam

Sethaaush man bhava.. ( more of a prayer than blessing as he is elder to us)

Wishing you to live hundred years.

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby Sunil » 03 Apr 2003 19:35

Happy Birthday Sir.

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby Anoop » 03 Apr 2003 19:36

Happy birthday, Sir. Here is an article on the Field Marshal, full of delightful vignettes:
Sam Bahadur

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby member_201 » 03 Apr 2003 19:53

Wonderful article. I will add it in the BR Army site.

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby member_3507 » 03 Apr 2003 20:07

Happy Birthday F M Manekshaw!

And he's turning 89, please change the banner. I heard him speak as chief guest at my brothers' school. Was only 15 at the time, but it was love at first sight. What an amazing person.

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby SSridhar » 03 Apr 2003 20:16

There is an interesting and historic part played by the Field Marshal in the accession of J&K to India. He (then a Colonel) accompanied V.P.Menon to get the Instrument signed by Maharaja Hari Singh. His statement calls the bluff of TSP propaganda that the instrument was signed after the Indian army entered J&K, that is, after Oct 26.

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby S Bajwa » 03 Apr 2003 20:27

Happy Birthday... Legend of our times.. Great article on Sam Bahadur..

His mastery of detail was fantastic and, as I was to learn later, he could quote an answer given verbally or in writing months previously to correct someone who was saying something else. A battalion employed in the Mizo Hills, paying perhaps a little more attention to the welfare of its troops and, in the process, a little less than desirable to the operational side received a rude reminder that 'someone up there' was watching, very keenly, every move that was made. A parcel of bangles was delivered to the commanding officer with the compliments of the army commander with a cryptic note: 'If you are avoiding contact with the hostile give these to your men to wear.” Needless to say, the next few weeks saw a flurry of activity by this battalion resulting in another, more soothing message: 'send the bangles back.'

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby member_201 » 03 Apr 2003 20:40

Originally posted by Ajita: And he's turning 89, please change the banner....
Ajita is correct. Manekshaw was born on 03 April 1914, which makes him 89 today. Unless the date in BR is wrong. Aman, can you confirm? 1913 or 1914?

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby Sridhar » 03 Apr 2003 20:46

Happy Birthday to a great man. I would strongly recommend listening to a recording of one of his speeches if you can. It's a pity that they are not more widely available.

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby Imtiaz Ahmed » 03 Apr 2003 20:53

Very few get a chance to write history. You are one of them. May you complete a century, Sir !

I recall reading that he told Mrs Gandhi (when she asked him casually but in a point blank manner if he was planning a take over), "Madam, my nose may be longer than yours, but I know to keep out of other people's business"

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby AshishN » 03 Apr 2003 21:38

Salute Sir!

Tum jio hazaro saal,
saal ke din ho pachaas hazaar!

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby Sridhar K » 03 Apr 2003 21:46

Happy Birthday Sir.

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby Aditya_M » 04 Apr 2003 01:29

My best wishes to one of the greatest figures of our - and all - time.

Happy Birthday!

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby Umrao » 04 Apr 2003 02:25

Here is another great article on FM Sam ji.
http://www.rediff.com/news/2003/apr/03sam1.htm

The Rediff Special/Lieutenant General Eric A Vas [retd]

April 03, 2003

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby Anantha » 04 Apr 2003 02:35

From the rediff article:

Indian troops won their last great victory against a foreign army of importance in 303 BC when Chandragupta Maurya's army defeated Seleucus Nicator. After 2,300 years of unremitting defeats of Indian armies against every invading army, Sam Manekshaw made the country experience the glow of a stunning victory against the Pakistan army in what is now Bangladesh. That will remain Field Marshal Manekshaw's unique position in Indian military history.

Thanks and long live Manekshaw. Happy Birthday Chief

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby Balaji » 04 Apr 2003 02:53

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a great soldier and the FM !!!

Another link from Rediff -> Sam Bahadur

Very interesting read.

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby Guest » 04 Apr 2003 04:41

I have had the honor to salute to this hero once in my life, and I still relish that moment. A very happy birthday to the Bahadur.

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby SSridhar » 04 Apr 2003 10:15

When Indira Gandhi asked the FM whether he was planning to topple her thru' a coup. And a naughty answer from him. This link also talks about a biographical film of Sam Bahadur.

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby Sachin » 04 Apr 2003 11:15

Best Wishes to the General Saheb

Here is a tune by the Army Band to honour the 1971 Hero.
Sam Bahadur - by LB Gurung

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby davidn » 04 Apr 2003 12:01

best wishes sir!

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby Umrao » 04 Apr 2003 20:21

http://www.rediff.com/news/2003/apr/04sam.htm

Despite his age, Manekshaw did not disappoint Delhi on this visit. On Wednesday, at the Battle Honours Mess, he was at his witty best as he quipped, "Officers, you have kept up the great tradition of the India Army... [pause] of having beautiful wives."

When the wife of a former army chief asked Manekshaw how he managed to remember the first names of most army wives, the field marshal remarked there are two things no honourable man should forget: His wife's birthday and the first name of the women around.

(recall the {Spinster}advice to a NDA aspirant , Humor in all occasions is the best way to forge ahead in any column)

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby rudy » 04 Apr 2003 20:41

Originally posted by A.Ananth:
From the rediff article:

Indian troops won their last great victory against a foreign army of importance in 303 BC when Chandragupta Maurya's army defeated Seleucus Nicator. After 2,300 years of unremitting defeats of Indian armies against every invading army, Sam Manekshaw made the country experience the glow of a stunning victory against the Pakistan army in what is now Bangladesh. That will remain Field Marshal Manekshaw's unique position in Indian military history.

Thanks and long live Manekshaw. Happy Birthday Chief
I think your facts about India not winning any wars in 2300 yrs are not correct. Shivaji defeated the mughals, tipu sultan defeated the British atleast twice...here is a timeline of important victories..

324 BC
Chandragupta Maurya defeats Seleacus Nicator

145 BC
Chola king Erata conquers Ceylon

360 AD
Samudragupta conquers the North and most of the Deccan

1191
Prithviraj Chauhan routs Muhammad Ghori: the first battle of Tarain

1646
Shivaji captures Torna

1664
Shivaji sacks Surat and assumes royal title

1739
The Marathas capture Salsette and Bassein
1740
Accession of Balaji Rao Peshwa; The Marathas invade Arcot
1742
Marathas invade Bengal

Sep 1948
Troops of Government of India enter Hyderabad state

19 Dec 1961
Liberation of Goa

1 Sep 1965
Indo-Pak war

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Re: Field Marshal Manekshaw turns 90

Postby Raj Singh » 04 Apr 2003 21:24

Indian war hero feted

By Jyotsna Singh
BBC correspondent in Delhi

A documentary film on the life and times of one of India's most illustrious military commanders has been screened in the Indian capital, Delhi.


Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, who has just turned 90, played a decisive role in some of India's most significant wars.

They include the war with China in 1962 and India's victory over Pakistan in 1971, which made him a national hero.

The 45-minute documentary film, In war and Peace: The Life of Field Marshal Manekshaw, is a recollection by the field marshal of several redefining moments in India's history.

It is based on a narration by Field Marshal Manekshaw to his 27-year-old grandson.

"What makes the film more interesting is the informal and relaxed conversation between the two people," the film's director, Jessica Gupta, told the BBC

"It does not seem like an attempt to teach history. His sense of humour, his chivalry all strike you and you feel you are in the presence of a hero."

War memories

The film is full of anecdotes.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/2917053.stm


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