Just before the Bangladesh operations in December 1971, the then prime minister Indira Gandhi asked Manekshaw ,who was the Army Chief then, `General are you ready` (for the war).
Pat came the reply from the dapper officer, `I am always ready sweetie.` Gandhi was not unpleased, nor offended.
This was the words of Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, who died on 28 June 2008 after a prolonged illness.
Jamshedji Manekshaw crafted India`s greatest military victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war that created just not history but also a new nation.
Affectionately called `Sam Bahadur`, Manekshaw (94) was the architect of many a military triumph but his finest hour came when Pakistani forces were vanquished in 14 days flat. And Bangladesh was born.
I salute to this legend.