Lt Gen(Retd) Satish Nambiar, PVSM, AVSM, Vr.C, Indian Army

Lt Gen(Retd) Satish Nambiar, PVSM, AVSM, Vr.C

Commissioned in the 1st battalion of the Maratha Light Infantry(the famous Jangi Paltan), Lt Gen Satish Nambiar went on to win a Vir Chakra during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

During the Indo-Pak war in 1971, Major Satish Nambiar was in command of a company of Maratha Light Infantry which had established a road block in the Eastern Sector.

The enemy assaulted the roadblock in strength on 10th December 1971. The attack was supported by intense artillery, mortar and small arms fire. Major Nambiar, in complete disregard for his safety, moved from trench to trench to encourage his men.

The assault was beaten back when the enemy was barely 40 yards from the forward defended localities. Similar assaults by the enemy on 11th December were also repulsed.

Throughout, Major Satish Nambiar displayed gallantry, determination and leadership of a high order. For this he was awarded the Vir Chakra.

As Director General Military Operations at Army Headquarters, Lt Gen Nambiar was part of the team that came close to a resolution of the Siachen glacier conflict in 1992. But it was as the first Force Commander and head of Mission of the United Nations Forces deployed in the Former Yugoslavia, from March 1992 to March 1993, that Lt Gen Nambiar became an internationally recognised name. Upon his return, he was Director General Rashtriya Rifles for a brief while and then retired as the Deputy Chief of Army Staff(Training and Coordination).

After retirement from the Army, he was selected as the director of United Services Institution(USI), India's oldest defence think tank. But his stint in Yugoslavia continued to visit him, and made him a much invited speaker around the world.