Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw death anniversary: Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw was one of the finest Indian army officials, born to a Parsi family on April 3, 1914, in Amritsar. He has served the nation in a commendable way. While paying tribute to the legend on his death anniversary, let’s know 7 lesser known fact about the unsung hero that will surely amaze you.
- Sam Maneksaw was the First field marshal of India and the first one who was promoted to the five-star rank.
- Initially, Manekshaw wished to be sent to London, as he wanted to become a gynecologist. It was his father who compelled him to join the Indian Army.
- Manekshaw served the Indian army for 40 years and participated in 5 wars that happened during his service. The wars fought by the Sam Marshal were World War II, India-Pakistan war of 1947, Sino-Indian war of 1962, India- Pakistan war of 1965 and the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.
- Field marshal was well-known for his wit. His quotes were famous and are relevant to this day. His quote,” A ‘Yes man’ is a dangerous man. He is a menace. He will go very far. He can become a minister, a secretary or a Field Marshall but he can never become a leader nor, ever be respected. He will be used by his superiors, disliked by his colleagues and despised by his subordinates. So discard the ‘Yes man’” is an example of his fine work.
- Once Manekshaw was asked what if he had opted for Pakistan during partition, to which he replied, “then Pakistan would have won all wars.”
- Manekshaw was the brave legend who bluntly told Indira Gandhi that India was not ready for the war against Pakistan in April 1971.
- Sam Manekshaw referred to Indira Gandhi as “sweetie” or “sweetheart” because of
their Parsi connection, Indira’s husband Feroze Gandhi was also Parsi.
A biopic based on life Sam Manekshaw will soon be out. Vicky Kaushal would be Portraying Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw on screen.