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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Soldiering with Dignity: SHFJ 'SAM' Manekshaw

The sun has set on the life of one of the bravest and legend of Indian motherland. Sam Bahadur has passed away. I hope his feats will inspire the generations and will instill the sense of love for motherland which looks to be eroding fast. That would be our true tribute to that great personality. I will not say that I have read extensively about him but whatever I had I would share one or two stories which would keep us in good humour about this great personality.

Once he was appointed on the commission which was looking into the matter of increasing the pay of Armed Forces. When they were discussing to increase the separation allowance (which is given when soldier is posted at non family station) for the forces then the commission asked why this should be increased. Then Sam Bahadur told a story that in 1940 he was posted far away from his family for 3 years and he could not see his family. When he came back his wife had given a birth to a daughter. Then he told that only reason for him to believe that she was his daughter was that her face was looking like him. Case good enough to increase the so called allowance.

I have always wondered how the man with a parsi looking can be from Amritsar, Punjab. Curious enough point !! Then I found this story behind this. Father of Sam Bahadur has just completed his medical studies and then he was unable to excel in mumbai in his practice then somebody suggested to him that he should goto Lahore where he can succeed in his field. So he along with his newly wed bride set off for lahore. Sam's mother had never seen the well built Punjabis (read Sikhs here in partiicular and also Muslims like pathans with beards) when she saw them at Amritsar Railway station. There a sikh with beard and open hair was taking bath and when she saw him he was shocked (couldn't find better word) by there builts and hairy looks. She started to weep and then Sam's parents got down from train at Amritsar and then settled there and lived there for almost 5 decades. Another case of destiny !!??

There are many stories like this related to the life of Sam Manekshaw .. some other time. For now kindly join me prayers so that his soul may rest in peace. A tricoloured salute to SAM.

(Soldiering with Dignity stolen from somewhere from internet .. It's a book on Sam Bahadur)

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