After getting freedom, a meeting was organized to select the first General of Indian Army. Jawaharlal Lal Nehru was heading that meeting. Leaders and Army officers were discussing to whom this responsibility should be given.
In between the discussion Nehru said, "I think we should appoint a British officer as a General of Indian Army as we don't have enough experience to lead the same. “Everybody supported Nehru because if the PM was suggesting something, how can they not agree?
But one of the army officers abruptly said, "I have a point, sir." Nehru said, "Yes, gentleman. You are free to speak." He said, "You see, sir, we don't have enough experience to lead a nation too, so shouldn't we appoint a British person as first PM of India?"
The meeting hall suddenly went quiet. Then, Nehru said, "Are you ready to be the first General of Indian Army? He got a golden chance to accept the offer but he refused the same and said, "Sir, we have a very talented army officer, my senior, Lt Gen Cariappa, who is the most deserving among us."
The army officer who raised his voice against the PM was Lt. General Nathu Singh Rathore, the first Lt General of the Indian Army.
Happy Independence Day.
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