Living legend: India's most decorated General is still going strong at 96+He was born on 21st October 1921 in a village near Rawalpindi in present Pakistan. His father was also a decorated Officer of the British-Indian Army. He joined the Army in 1943 and was initially commissioned in Baloch Regiment. After independence, he came to divided India and joined 2/5 Gorkha Rifles. He fought in the Second World War in Burma. In the 1948 war against Pakistan, he was awarded Vir Chakra. In 1949, he received MacGregor Medal for a highly classified operation. In early sixties, he led Indian force in a UN assignment at Congo. After this successful mission, he received Vishist Seva Medal. In 1965, as a Brigadier, he successfully captured Haji Peer pass from Pakistan. He received Maha Vir Chakra. In 1971, as a Major-General, he captured Chicken's Neck area in the Western sector. He received Param Vishist Seva Medal. Later, he was promoted as Lt.-General and commanded 2 Corps. He retired from the Army in 1979.
The day before yesterday, I was very pleasantly surprised to know that India's most decorated General, Lt.-General Zorawar Chand (Zoru) Bakshi is still going strong. He has been spending his twilight years at Defence Colony in New Delhi.