Chennai: Defence Minister AK Antony and Army
Chief General VK Singh will attend a function at
Udhagamandalam on April 3 to mark the the 98th birth
anniversary of Field (Fd) Marshal Sam Manekshaw.
Antony and General Singh and others will lay wreaths at
the new gravestone for the late Field Marshal and attend a
prayer and military memorial service that day.
Manekshaw, known as Sam Bahadur, was the architect of the
victorious 1971 Indo Pakistan campaign that led to the
liberation of Bangladesh.
Upon retirement in January 1973, Manekshaw settled down
in Coonoor, the twin civilian town of Wellington Cantonment,
where he had served as commandant of the Defences Services
He passed away at the age of 94 in 2008. He was laid to
rest in the nearby Parsee Zoroastrian Cemetery in Ooty.