Born to Parsi parents in Amritsar, Manekshaw was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the five-star rank of Field Marshal

Born to Parsi parents in Amritsar, Manekshaw was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the five-star rank of Field Marshal

One of his famous quotes is: “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gorkha”

He was awarded the Military Cross in 1942, the Padma Bhushan in 1968 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1972

He died of pneumonia at the military hospital in Wellington. No politician came to his funeral, nor was a national day of mourning declared

His service was extended by six months on special order of President in 1972. Although unwilling, he continued out of respect for the President