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Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi, PVSM, AVSM, VSM



The Former Vice Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army had lost his right leg in the Indo – Pak War in 1965, but he chose to soldier on in his regiment the Maratha Light Infantry. During his over 40 years of distinguished service, he had held highly prestigious and important appointments, including that of DGMO and GOC of a Strike Corps. He was the Army Commander of two commands – the Training Command as well as the Western Command. Earlier, he had held a diplomatic assignment at Kuala Lumpur ( Malaysia ). He was also an International Fellow at the U S Army War College.

A recipient of all three Distinguished Service awards, Gen Oberoi is now engaged in intellectual pursuits and social work. He is the Director of the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), a ‘Think Tank' based at New Delhi .

Maj Gen Ian Cardozo, AVSM, SM

Vice President

An officer of the 5th Gorkha Rifles (FF), Maj Gen Ian Cardozo was severely wounded due to mine blast injuries after being dropped behind enemy lines in the Sylhet Sector in India's first heliborne operation during the Indo-Pak War 1971. Uncaring of his serious wounds, he cut off his injured foot with his khukri. He too chose to soldier on in his regiment. Later, he became the first officer with an artificial leg to command a battalion and later a Brigade. He Subsequently commanded a division and retired as Chief of Staff of a Corps in the Eastern Sector. He is now a social activist, author and military historian. His books, “Paramvir: Our Heroes in Battle” and “The Sinking of INS KHUKRI” have received both critical and popular acclaim. He was the Chairman of the Rehabilitation Council of India from 2009 to 2014.

Brig V Mahalingam


Executive Director

An officer of Madras Regt, Brig V Mahalingam, was severely injured in 1971 Indo-Pak war in the Battle of Basantar. He commanded a Mountain Brigade, which was first to be inducted in the valley in 1990 after the insurgency broke out. Part of Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka, he served the National Security Guard as its Force Commander. After retirement, besides being a defence analyst, he has been working for the cause of Ex-Servicemen.

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