THE LEGENDARY SAM MANEKSHAW AND HIS WAY OF DEALING FILTHY BABUS AND POLITICIANS.
Where have such Leaders gone in the Army!!
The tales from yester years .
I was posted in AHQ when Sam took over. Seems now that it was this event which prompted him to issue instructions that no civilian, how so ever high in 'babudom' hierarchy,incl the Def Secy, was to be addressed as 'sir'. We loved it. But sadly, this practice died soon after Sam retired. It is pathetic to see how senior officers now behave. Sam was truly a proud soldier.
Manekshaw vs Sarin
The tales from yester years ..
On a rather warm day the Defence Secretary, Harish Sarin, a powerful civil servant, on entering the Ministry’s conference room is said to have told a Colonel sitting near a window,
“You there, open that window!”
Before the Colonel could get up came a sharp “Sit down” from Sam Manekshaw, who had just entered the conference room from another door.
Turning to the Defence Secretary, he said, “Mr.Secretary, don’t you ever address my Officers in that tone of voice. You may however say,“Sam, would you please open that window, and I will open the window for you. That Officer you called out to is a Colonel, and not
Harish Sarin mumbled something to the effect that he didn’t mean it that way, to which Sam replied,
”I don’t care how you meant it. I heard it and didn’t like it."
We miss him,
THE WHOLE OF INDIA MISSES HIM!
AT HIS FUNERAL NEITHER THE "RUBBISH" SUPREME COMMANDER NOR THE "EUNUCH" DEFENCE MINISTER CAME TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS.