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Leadership in the Indian Army

Leadership in the Indian Army
Biographies of Twelve Soldiers

First Edition

Other Titles in:
Asian History

March 2005 | 417 pages | SAGE India
Spanning over 60 years of military leadership in India, this unique book brings to life the human side of twelve exceptional military leaders. Unlike traditional biographies of combat leaders which focus primarily on military operations or regimental histories, the author concentrates on personal accounts, anecdotes and reminiscences in order to highlight these leaders` personalities, and to draw out the human face behind the military facade. The author argues that written records tend to glorify the actions of battalions as well as individuals, magnifying achievements while suppressing the mistakes and glossing over failures. This book, on the other hand, provides a truer picture of the strength of character and convictions of each of these leaders.

The book throws new light on many historical events and the role of political leaders during India`s fight for independence and the partitioning of the subcontinent. The author gives an overview of India`s military history after independence, including major operations such as the wars with China in 1962, and with Pakistan in 1947, 1965 and 1971. He describes many hitherto unknown or little known facts and incidents concerning smaller operations like Nathu La in 1967 and Goa in 1962.
Field Marshal K M Cariappa, OBE
First Indian Commander-in-Chief

Lieutenant General Thakur Nathu Singh
A Fearless Nationalist

General K.S. Thimayya, DSO
Timmy Sahib, India's Most Popular General

Lieutenant General S P P Thorat
A Professional to the Core

Brigadier Mohd. Usman, MVC
The Epitome of Valour

Field Marshal S F H J Manekshaw, MC
The Architect of India's Victory over Pakistan

Lieutenant General R N Batra, PVSM, OBE
Communicator par excellence

Lieutenant General P S Bhagat, PVSM, VC
The Soldiers' General

Lieutenant General Sagat Singh
India's Finest Combat Leader

Lieutenant General Z C Bakshi, PVSM, MVC, VrC, VSM
India's Most Decorated General

Lieutenant General S K Sinha
The Soldier Statesman

Lieutenant General Hanut Singh, PVSM, MVC
A Brilliant Tactician


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ISBN: 9780761933229