On Vijay Diwas: Remembering Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw For The Unforgettable Contribution Led To Win Over Pakistan In 1971

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On #VijayDiwas, let us salute the brave heroes of our armed forces who led us to victory in 1971 war. As a result, the country celebrates Vijay Diwas today to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971 war. It was today in 1971 when the chief of the Pakistani forces, General AA Khan Niazi, along with 93 thousand troops, had surrendered unconditionally to the allied forces consisting of Indian Army and Mukti Bahini. The end of the war also resulted in the birth of Bangladesh.

Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw played an important role in the victory and was known for his daring and no-nonsense attitude. He was popularly known as Sam Bahadur and served in the Indian Army for over four decades and has fought in five major wars. Sam Manekshaw gave his word to the then Prime Minister Indra Gandhi Ji of India’s victory in the 1971 War but had one condition that he should be allowed to handle the conflict on his terms, and set a date for it.

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This condition was agreed by the Prime Minister. On the eve of the war, Indira Gandhi again asked General Maneksaw if he was ready for the war and was quoted saying that ‘I am always ready Sweetie’. He said this because of his Parsi connection (Indira’s husband Feroze Gandhi was Parsi).

He instilled a sense of responsibility, competence, and proficiency in the Indian Army, and he imparted officers to stand up to bureaucratic interference. Manekshaw showed sign of bravery from the starting of his career. He was selected from the first batch of cadets, Called “The Pioneers”. He was the first graduate to join one of the Gorkha regiments; first to serve as the Chief of the Army Staff of India; first to attain the rank of field marshal.  His famous quote still resonates in the heart of the nation – “ “If anyone tells you he is never afraid, either he is a liar or he is a Gurkha”.

Sam Manekshaw was known for giving a spell-bounding speech which motivated the soldiers and once such moment occurred during the In late October 1971. He was quoted saying that “Boys, I am sending you across. Victory must be ensured. I want you to remember three things. First, prisoners of war will not be ill-treated, second, there will be no plunder or booty hunting, and lastly, keep away from the begums (Pakistani women).”

(Express archives)

 Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw has served India to best of his ability and his contribution will be remembered for years to come. He was bestowed with the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan, the second and third highest civilian awards of India for his contribution to the Indian Army. He passed away after suffering from pneumonia at the Military Hospital in Wellington, Tamil Nadu, at 12:30 a.m. on 27 June 2008 at the age of 94

Reputed director Meghna Gulzar while back announced that her next venture which will be based on the life of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. Vicky Kaushal will essay the role of Sam Manekshaw’s who is one of the greatest soldiers India has ever produced. The movie is titled ‘Sam’.

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Uri: The Surgical Strike is honoured and proud to be getting a chance to portray Manekshaw on the big screen and was quoted saying that, “It’s an absolute honour for me to be getting the opportunity to portray the life of Sam Manekshaw. Reuniting with Ronnie [Ronnie Screwvala] and Meghna feels like home because of the tremendous comfort level we share. We are thrilled to bring forward the story of this fearless patriot and the first Field Marshal of India.”

Prime Minister hailed the armed forces for India’s victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war and wrote, On Vijay Diwas, I pay tributes to the courage, valour and bravery of Indian soldiers. The history that our troops created on this day will be embossed in golden letters,”

Published by Vikram Roy Mehta

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