KV KRISHNA RAO, PVSM
KV Krishna Rao, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, former Chief of the Army Staff has
been an outstanding military leader and scholar warrior who contributed not
only to the growth of the Indian Army but also to Nation building.
on 16 July
1923, General KV Krishna
Rao, was commissioned into 2 MAHAR on 09
August 1942 and later shifted to 3 MAHAR on its raising in Nov 1943. He
commanded 3 MAHAR in Rajouri from 1956 to 59, a Brigade in Ladakh, initially 26
Inf Div and later 8 Mtn Div which was initially engaged in counter Insurgency
operations in Nagaland and Manipur and later instrumental in capturing Sylhet
Area and liberating Bangladesh in the 1971 Indo-Pak War. He went on to command
16 Corps in Jammu and Kashmir, followed by Western Army from 1979-81 and was
the ‘Chief of the Army Staff’ from
Krishna Rao’s greatest legacy was his exposition of “Cold Start”– the first
Commander to formulate such a military doctrine of multiple, shallow strikes at
blistering speeds to capture chunks of enemy territory and finish the war early.
after his retirement he was appointed as Governor of Nagaland, Manipur and
Tripura (June 1984 to July 1989) and Governor of Jammu and Kashmir twice (1989
to 1990 and March 1993 to May 1998). He was instrumental in restoring peace and
democracy in the insurgency riven states of the North East and of Jammu &
Kashmir. His phenomenal service in bringing these States into the national
mainstream cannot be forgotten.
took over the ‘Colonelcy’ of The Mahar Regiment in 1968 and during his 17 years
long service tenure as ‘The Colonel’ till July 1983 he infused energy,
competence, reliability, thoroughness, credibility and rectitude in all ranks
of the Mahar Regiment’. His constant guidance and motivation shaped the
Regiment and laid the foundation for the reputation that it enjoys today.
KV Krishna Rao, PVSM has been a colossus and legend, Chief of the Army, Col and
Hony Col of the Mahar Regiment and Governor, Statesman and Visionary without
parallel, who rose to achieve great heights even though being from a humble