South Asia and Beyond

Sam Manekshaw And The 1971 War: A Flashback

NEW DELHI: He’s arguably India’s most loved soldier, an inspirational leader par excellence and India’s first Field Marshal. Sam Manekshaw was also known to be blunt and forthright, never afraid to speak his mind to the powers that be. He was India’s Army Chief in 1971 when India took just 13 days to beat the Pakistani army hands down, which led to the creation of Bangladesh. In this episode of ‘Simply Nitin’ that coincides with Manekshaw’s 107th birth anniversary, StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale details various facets of the man’s character and how he refused to take a rushed decision of going to war but chose to wait and prepare.

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