Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Photos: Army memorial ceremony for Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

Talk about delayed reaction. A full two weeks after he passed away, and a lot of criticism to boot, the government today finally gave India's best loved soldier a memorial send-off worthy of his stature. Obviously embarrassed about the ridiculously low-profile attendance at the Wellington funeral, the three service chiefs, defence minister and top brass of the Army were out in full force to pay homage. A sober and well-organised ceremony. Those who spoke included the Defence Minister AK Antony (who called Manekshaw "the greatest soldier India has ever produced"), Chief of Army Staff Gen Deepak Kapoor, Lt Gen Depinder Singh (formerly Military Asst to Manekshaw), Lt Gen JK Sinha, Western Commander Lt Gen Tej Sapru and a couple of senior Gorkha officers.


Anonymous said...

Is it S K Sinha or J K Sinha?

Anonymous said...

If people wont mind me using some nasty words,we got the damn fuckers india had ever produced in the likes of present congress and the present HI-Fi officials.

Forgetting a soldier is like neglecting a mother who gave birth and protecting all the life.And these fuckersss who came after 2 longgg weeks now shedding some honored dialouges ...wooov

Mr.Sam was the greatest of the greats.And he didnt yet received the honor for what he did for india.

J P Joshi said...

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.... the less said about our political leadership, the better. However, what was sad was that even the top men in uniform did not find time to attend the Field Marshal's funeral. I had the honour to be within hand shaking distance of this charismatic soldier on one night at Wellington. He sure was a legend. Sam Sir, may your soul rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

I still say: Too Little Too late