Sam Manekshaw

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Sam Manekshah

Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw MC (સામ હોરમૂસજી ફરામજી જમશેદજી માણેકશા; 3 April 191427 June 2008), also known as Sam Bahadur ("Sam the Brave"), was an Indian military leader who was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal. His distinguished military career spanned four decades and five wars, beginning with service in the British Indian Army in World War II.

Quotes[edit]

A statue of Sam Manekshaw in Pune Cantonmen
  • You know I have no political ambitions. My job is to command my army and see that it is kept as a first rate instrument. Your job is to look after the country.
  • I wonder whether those of our political masters who have been put in charge of the defence of the country can distinguish a mortar from a motor; a gun from a howitzer; a guerrilla from a gorilla, although a great many resemble the latter.
  • Then I guess Pakistan would have won (the 1971 war).
    • His quip when asked asked, if had he opted for Pakistan at the time of the Partition in 1947, quoted in "A soldier's general". Mumbai Mirror. 28 June 2008. Retrieved on 2 December 2013. 
  • It's nonsense that people join the army to serve the country, like the politicians do it only for the sake of the country.
  • A ‘Yes man’ is a dangerous man. He is a menace. He will go very far. He can become a minister, a secretary or a Field Marshall but he can never become a leader nor, ever be respected. He will be used by his superiors, disliked by his colleagues and despised by his subordinates. So discard the ‘Yes man’.
    • His lecture on leadership quoted in "Field Marshal KM Kariappa Memorial Lectures, 1995-2000", page=28
  • The primary, the cardinal attribute of leadership is professional knowledge and professional competence. And you will agree with me... that you cannot be born with professional knowledge and professional competence. Not even if you are the son of the Prime Minister, an industrialist, or a Field Marshal. Professional knowledge has to be acquired the hard way. It is continuous study and you never acquire it in today’s fast-moving technological world that you are living in. You have to keep up with your profession whatever you are in.
    • His lecture on leadership quoted in "Field Marshal KM Kariappa Memorial Lectures, 1995-2000", page=26
  • Professional knowledge and professional competence are the main attributes of leadership. Unless you know, and the men you command know that you know your job, you will never be a leader.
    • His lecture on leadership quoted in "Field Marshal KM Kariappa Memorial Lectures, 1995-2000", page=26

About Sam Manekshaw[edit]

  • He was an extremely humane and approachable officer and was the epitome of a gentleman.
    • Comment by Major General Shubi D Sood in “A soldier's general” in Mumbai Mirror.
  • "a digger" (an Australian) dies in Iraq, the top government leaders or officers attend his funeral but when the first Field Marshal of India dies, not even the defence minister can be bothered to attend.
    • Remarks of a Kiwi Indian quoted in “NRIs irked by poor Manekshaw farewell” by Diligent Media Corporation Ltd.

External links[edit]

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