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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.

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.)