Confer the Bharat Ratna to Field Marshal Sam H.F.J. Manekshaw

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Confer the Bharat Ratna to Field Marshal Sam H.F.J. Manekshaw

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Sam Bahadur deserves the Bharat Ratna!

The birth centenary of Field Marshal S.H.F.J. Manekshaw, who successfully led Indian troops in the battle for Bangladesh, serves as an occasion to honour the life of this great soldier. It is high time that the powers that be, wake up from their slumber and honour this popular, talented, professional who led our great Indian Army to victory.

 The official criteria for awarding the Bharat Ratna is that, it is conferred “for the highest degrees of National Service”. This service includes artistic, literary, and scientific achievements, as well as “recognition of public service of the highest order”. Sam Maneckshaw has performed this service of the highest order resulting in every Indian proudly holding his head up high. If rules have to be ammended to include our Army, Navy & Air Force service personnel, then so be it. It will not be the first time that rules were changed to accommodate certain persons or certain group. 

 The original rules did not allow the Bharat Ratna to be awarded posthumously, however, this was revised in January 1966. There have been twelve instances, to date, where the award has been presented posthumously. The only basis for not awarding the Bharat Ratna to persons like Mahatma Gandhi and Sam Manekshaw (although both being on opposite ends of the spectrum) would be that there would be NO POLITICAL GAIN to anyone concerned, thus sadly, side-lining persons of such consummate character. His conduct throughout his career has been exemplary, even during trying times with certain politicians.

 Sam’s flamboyance and sartorial elegance never escaped notice and mixed brilliantly with his penetrating style of command. Replacing Lieutenant General BM Kaul after the Himalayan debacle in 1962 and on reaching 4 Corps, Sam announced: “Gentlemen, I have arrived. There will be no more withdrawals”.

Management manuals are now discovering many of the attributes of leadership that came to Sam naturally. He had a healthy contempt for bureaucratic authority and detested fawning officers. After his retirement, as many as 14 companies took him on their boards, mostly as chairman.

It’s time India shed its blinkers and recognised Sam’s contribution to the country. If we do not honour our true heroes, we shall have failed in our duties in motivating future generations to further glory.

The Government should honour the greatest soldier of our times by posthumously awarding Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw nothing less than the Bharat Ratna.

This is an appeal from all righteous, responsible citizens of our beloved motherland - INDIA.

[Part of the above is from an email received by me through friends and supposedly, originally written by Amaria, Boman E.- a veteran sapper, who in-turn, has taken it from an article by Arzan from "Parsi Khabar"]


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