Antony, Army chief pay tributes to Manekshaw

Manekshaw was appointed Field Marshal in 1973 by Indira Gandhi, he was also awarded Padma Bhushan in 1968.

Published: 03rd April 2012 03:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:18 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister A K Antony and Army Chief Gen V K Singh today paid tributes and laid wreaths at the cemetery of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw on his 98th birth anniversary.

Paying tributes to him, Antony said he will be an inspiration to generations of armed forces. The Defence Minister said the people and the country will never forget his contribution, particularly the victorious 1971 Indo-Pakistan war that led to the liberation of Bangladesh.

Earlier, Antony and Gen Singh laid wreaths on the new gravestone for the late Field Marshal and attended a prayer and military memorial service which was attended by LT Gen Bikram Singh, GOC-in-chief Eastern command and Army Chief-Designate, and other top-ranking army officials.

Mankeshaw's two daughters were also present. The wreath laying ceremony, comprised traditional presentation of arms by special guards of the Madras Regimental Centre and sounding of the last post by the band after observance of a two-minute of silence.

Antony, however, refused to take any political questions when reporters approached him on the defence procurement issue. "This is not the occasion to speak much (about it)," Antony said. General Singh also declined to take questions from reporters.

When asked about request by people to confer Bharat Ratna on Manekshaw, Antony said, "I am not the authority to decide about that.Government will take a decision." On his retirement in January 1973, Manekshaw settled down in Coonoor, the twin civilian town of Wellington Cantonment, where he had served as commandant of the Defences Services Staff College.

He passed away at the age of 94 in 2008 and was laid to rest in the nearby Parsee Zoroastrian Cemetery in Ooty. Manekshaw was appointed Field Marshal in 1973 by Indira Gandhi. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1968 and after the 1971 war, the Padma Vibhushan.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp