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Former Army Chief Gen K V Krishna Rao passes away

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The former Army Chief General and a former Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura, K.V. Krishna Rao died at military hospital in New Delhi. He was 92.

Former Army Chief Gen K V Krishna Rao passes awayAbout Gen K V Krishna Rao:
1923 born Kotikalapudi Venkata Krishna Rao played a key role in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. He started his career as an army officer during World War II, during which served in Burma, North West Frontier and Baluchistan.

  • He was the 14th Chief of the Army Staff.
  • Rao participated in the 1947-48 war against Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • He was a founder Instructor of the National Defence Academy during 1949-51.
  • He commanded an Army Division in the 1971 war with Pakistan in the eastern theatre.
  • He was instrumental in the capture of Sylhet area and liberation of North-East Bangladesh.
  • He served as Deputy Chief of Army Staff at Army Headquarters during 1978-79.
  • General Krishna Rao was appointed as the Chief of Army Staff on June 1, 1981.
  • He retired as Chief of the Army Staff in 1983 and was appointed Governor of Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura in June 1984.
  • He was governor of Jammu and Kashmir for the first time from July 11, 1989 to January 19, 1990 and then from March 13, 1993 till May 2, 1998.

Awards:
He was awarded the Param Vishist Seva Medal for displaying outstanding leadership and courage.

Books published

  • 1991 – Prepare or Perish: A Study of National Security (Lancer Publishers, New Delhi)
  • 2001 – In the Service of the Nation: Reminiscences (Penguin Books Ltd.)
  • 2011- Invincibility, challenges and Leadership (Orient Black Swan Ltd.)