EDITORIAL

Consider Bharat Ratna for K M. Cariappa

Written by IWP

It is time to recommend late Field Marshal Kodandera Madappa Cariappa, who was the first Indian commander-in-chief (C-in-C) of the Indian Army, for Bharat Ratna.

It’s time to consider the Field Marshal K M. Cariappa for the Bharat Ratna. If others can get Bharat Ratna, the nation sees no reason why Field Marshal KM Cariappa shouldn’t be given a deserving personality for the same.

Field Marshal Kodandera Madappa Cariappa, Order of the British Empire (OBE), was the first Indian commander-in-chief (C-in-C) of the Indian Army. He led Indian forces on the Western Front during the 1947 Indo-Pakistani War.

He is one of the two Indian Army officers to hold the five-star rank of field marshal and was appointed the commander-in-chief of the Indian Army in 1949.

He died on 15 May 1993, at the age of 94, at the Bangalore Command Hospital where he had been receiving treatment for a few years.

Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa is survived by son Air Marshal K C Cariappa, who was a Squadron Leader during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War. Air Marshal K C Cariappa was shot, while carrying out air attacks during the 1965 war, with Pakistan and was taken, prisoner.

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