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General S. M. Shrinagesh
Soldier * Scholar * Statesman
Brigadier Satish K. Issar General S. M. Shrinagesh : Brigadier Satish K. Issar : Vision Books : Book (ISBN: 8170947413)
Pages: 360
Price: Rs. 595
Format: HC
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Published in 2009
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This book chronicles an extraordinary life. Satyavant Mallanah Shrinagesh rose to the very helm of the Indian Army at the astonishingly young age of 54. With the reputation of a “scholar soldier”, he was subsequently hand-picked to establish India's pioneering institution for training professional administrators. The first-ever military officer to be appointed governor of a state, his innings as governor of three different states, including the Naga-troubled Assam, was the capstone of a distinguished career of service to the nation.

Shrinagesh's schooling in England left a deep imprint in forming his personality and values. He forsook Cambridge in order to join Sandhurst, convinced that a free India would require trained Indian officers. He belongs to that earliest group of Indian military officers whose success shattered the myth then prevalent that Indians were incapable of providing military leadership.

As overall commander of the Jammu & Kashmir operations in 1947-48, Shrinagesh master-minded the audacious stratagem of over-coming well-entrenched Pakistani defences at Zoji La by the use of tanks. Never before had anyone conceived that tanks could be used at snow-bound Himalayan heights. His military leadership was evident in the no less a critical campaign to link-up with Poonch. Later, as Chief of the Army Staff, General Shrinagesh had perhaps a harder battle on his hands, namely to convince the government of a newly-independent India that the country needed strong armed forces for its security notwithstanding its espousal of a credo of peace and non-violence.

Buttressed by the autobiographical notes that Satyavant Shrinagesh left behind, the book also presents his prescient views on many an important matter military and civil, which are of enduring value .

Reminiscences of his family members reveal the endearing personality of a loving family man, a person of innate modesty coupled with a sense of honour and an unflagging zeal for professional excellence. The book fills an important void in recounting the crucial role of Indian Army and the extraordinary life and historic times of Satyavant Mallanah Shrinagesh."

Brigadier Satish K. Issar

Satish Issar was born on 17th January 1937 at Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan), and did his early schooling at Lahore. After India’s partition in 1947, he studied at Harcourt Butler School and Hindu College in Delhi. Later, while in service, he completed his post-graduation in Defence Studies from Madras University.

He was commissioned on 7th June 1959 in the Kumaon Regiment. During his service of over three decades, Brigadier Issar held important Regimental, Staff and Instructional appointments. Post the 1962 war with China, he was amongst the first regular officers selected to join The Ladakh Scouts in June 1963, and saw active service for three years in the Ladakh sector. He first commanded 5 Kumaon and later The Naga Regiment. He was Military Assistant to Chief of the Army Staff, General T. N. Raina, MVC. He was Commandant of Kumaon Regimental Centre, Ranikhet and later commanded a mountain brigade in North Sikkim. He held instructional appointments at National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, College of Combat (now War College), Mhow, and the National Security Guard Training Centre, Manesar.

After retiring from the Army, Brigadier Issar devoted many years to the regional development of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. A Life Member of United Service Institution of India, he compiled The Images of Valour and Triumph – History of the Kumaon Regiments and A New Sunrise in the East – Story of the Naga Regiment. He has also authored a biography of the first Chief of the Indian Army, General S. M. Shrinagesh: Soldier, Scholar, Statesman (2009).

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