New Delhi, June 27 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today expressed deep sorrow over the passing away of Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw.
In his condolence message, Dr. Singh said, "Field Marshal Manekshaw was without doubt one of India's greatest soldiers and a truly inspiring leader. He served the Indian Army with great distinction for over four decades beginning with the very first military engagement free India was dragged into in the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir."
Describing him as an architect of India's many victories on the battlefield, the Prime Minister said that Sam Bahadur was the architect and the inspiring leader of the operations and the consequent military victory in what is now Bangladesh.
"Military historians will forever record the strategic brilliance and the inspirational leadership of Sam Bahadur," Dr. Singh added.
The Prime Minister further said the people and the Government of India expressed their deepest admiration and their profound gratitude for his inspiring leadership as Chief of the Army Staff by conferring on him the prestigious title of Field Marshal.
"Field Marshal Manekshaw has inspired several generations of Indian soldiers and officers over the past half a century. I am sure, his legacy will continue to live with us for years to come," Dr. Singh added.