General S. M. Shrinagesh
Soldier * Scholar * Statesman
Brigadier Satish K. Issar
General S. M. Shrinagesh : Brigadier Satish K. Issar : Vision Books : Book (ISBN: 8170947413)
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Published in 2009
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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.
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.
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.
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 .
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|
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,
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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