Officers And Gentlemen – The Gift Of The Raj To The Indian Army

Lance Naik Karam Singh was born on 15th September 1915 in Barnala, Punjab. He joined army on 15th September 1941 in 1st battalion of Sikh regiment. He fought in WWII, where he received Military medal on 14th March 1944.

Milkha now burst on the International stage when at the 1958 Asian games he won the gold medal in both the 200m and 400m events. Have we ever heard of any Indian athlete winning 2 gold medals in a track event after him? Milkha clocked a time of 21.6 and 47 seconds respectively. This was the time the world took notice of a bearded Sikh with long hair on the international stage and nicknamed him as the ‘Flying Sikh’. He followed up by winning the 400 m event at the Cardiff Commonwealth games with a timing of 46.16 seconds. He was the first Indian to win a gold medal at the commonwealth games after independence. Milkha again won a gold medal in 400m at the 1962 Asian games.

The Ethiopian Empire included Abyssinia. This was a vague area with a rough rocky terrain. The land was full of mountains and hills with no transportation facilities. The major task in the invasion of the Empire was to cross all these hurdles which was a dreadful task. This is the reason why there had been no invasions on the Ethiopian Empire till then. The British government was firm to cross all these barriers and free the captives.

The Imperial army had the Army Admit Card surrounded at Imphal. They were at the gates of India and the British were fearful that a victory for the imperial army would lead the road open to Delhi. There was also the factor of Subhas Bose.But the British Indian army under field Marshal William Slim held its nerve and after weeks of fighting pushed the Japanese army back. It was a great victory.

Manohar Malgonkar was born in 1912 and had his education at Bombay where he graduated in English and Sanskrit. Manohar could trace his lineage to the royal family with roots in Goa and after graduation he took to big game hunting and also shot 8 tigers. But he soon gave up the sport and became a staunch conservationist of wild life.

He took out a file and looked at my picture in the file. Then he gave me the paper on which I had to write that I was the mother of the prisoner. I wanted to meet him. The time of my arrival and departure had to be filled later by the clerk. Even after one year, I feel the burden of shame whenever I complete these formalities.

On that day itself I gave up terrorist activities. I surrendered to the army. Judicial enquiry was made and the judges said: The government wants to bring those who have strayed by bringing them into mainstream of life. I was set free and so I started training activities here. Amongst those children whom I educate along with Muslims there are kids of Hindu Pandits too. While carrying out this task I have understood the true meaning of religion. True religion means loving the entire world and sharing pain and anguish of others. Religion can never mean killing anybody. It in fact is a crime of gigantic proportion.

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