Demand Bharat Ratna for Field Marshal Cariappa
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Field Marshal K M Cariappa was the first Indian Commander in Chief. The grand old man of the Indian army, he had many firsts to his credit. Let us show our respect to the Indian army by petitioning the Government of India to posthumously confer on him the Bharat Ratna
Field Marshal Kodandera Madappa Cariappa, OBE (28 January 1899 – 15 May 1993) was the first Indian commander-in-chief(C-in-C) of the Indian Army. He led Indian forces on the Western Front during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947. He is one of only two Indian Army officers to hold the five-star rankof field marshal; the other being Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. He was appointed commander-in-chief of the Indian Army in 1949.His distinguished military career spanned almost three decades. Born on 28 January 1899, in Madikeri, Kodagu, Cariappa joined the Indian Army shortly after the end of World War I, and was commissioned as a temporary second lieutenant into the 2/88 Carnatic Infantry. He was transferred between multiple regiments early in his career before settling on 1/7 Rajputs, which became his permanent regiment.He was the first Indian military officer to attend the Staff College, Quetta, the first Indian to command a battalion, and was also one of the first two Indians selected to undergo training at the Imperial Defence College, Camberley, UK. He served in various staff capacities at various unit and commandheadquarters (HQ) and also at the General HQ, New Delhi. Before taking over as the C-in-C of the Indian Army, Cariappa served as the commander of the Indian Army's Eastern andWestern Commands.InsigniaRankTemporary Second
Lieutenant Temporary Lieutenant Second Lieutenant(retroactive seniority
from 1919)LieutenantCaptainMajorTemporaryLieutenant ColonelTemporaryBrigadierLieutenant ColonelBrigadierMajor General[d]Lieutenant
Indian Army)[f]Field MarshalYear1919192 July 1920
General Service Medal 1947Indian Independence MedalOrder of the British Empire1939–1945 StarBurma StarWar Medal 1939–1945India Service MedalLegion of Merit
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