Sam Manekshaw’s leadership had more consistency than style: Army Commander: The Tribune India
Tribune press service
Chandigarh, December 19
Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw designed and practiced a unique brand of military leadership based on an original application of wit, self-confidence and a pragmatic approach, said Lt. Gen. Raj Shukla, commanding general officer of the army training command.
Transported along the three services
Sam Manekshaw was a de facto CDS during the war due to his ability to deal with the three departments as well as the bureaucracy. – Lt Gen Raj Shukla, GOC-in-C, Army Training Command
Speaking at the Military Literature Festival today, General Shukla said the iconic military leader who led India to victory in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War was a great leader with a sharp mind , a strong sense of self-worth, a deep conviction and a great impatience. with paperwork.
Giving insight into the personalities of the main commanders running affairs during this time, General Shukla said that Sam was a de facto CDS during the war due to his ability to lead the three services as well as the bureaucracy.
Speaking of Lt. Gen. Sagat Singh, who was GOC’s 4th Corps in the Eastern Sector during the war, Gen. Shukla said he was a fighting legend who won every time he fought, that this either in Goa, Mizoram and finally in Bangladesh.
“He was an adamant commander who was ready to wage a war without compromise. He understood early in his career that the only rule in war is to win. In the Indian context he was unmatched and internationally. it compared favorably to the best in the industry, ”said General Shukla.
Sam Manekshaw and Sagat Singh, although being diverse personalities, complemented each other during the waging of the war and enabled the country to successfully achieve its goals, he said.
Earlier, SS Boparai, an IPS officer who was stationed in Fazilka, shared his experiences in combating smuggling, black marketing and product overvaluation as well as his cooperation with military authorities on various issues.
Major-General Pushpendra Singh spoke about the introduction of new heavy mortars into the artillery just before the start of the war and how these were launched and implemented in a very short time, surprising the Israeli experts came to help the army.