Famous Indian Military Leaders

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Shivaji
(1st Chhatrapati of the Maratha Empire (1674-80))
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Birthdate: February 19, 1630
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maharashtra, India
Died: April 3, 1680

Shivaji was an Indian warrior-king. He is credited with founding the Maratha Empire, which became a force to reckon with during the 18th century. He is also credited with creating his own navy. Considered one of the most important Indian kings and a hero of the Hindus, Shivaji's life and work have inspired several works of art, including films.

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Baji Rao I
(Peshwa of Maratha Empire (1720-40))
Baji Rao I
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Birthdate: August 18, 1700
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sinnar, Maharashtra, India
Died: April 28, 1740

Baji Rao I was a peshwa, or chief minister, of the Maratha empire in India. His conquests led a massive blow to the Mughal Empire. In spite of being married to Kashibai, he took a second wife, half-Muslim Mastani, a story that was retold in several movies later.

Sam Manekshaw
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Birthdate: April 3, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab
Died: June 27, 2008
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw was the Indian Army’s Chief of the Army Staff during the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War, in which India emerged victorious. He had started his military career with the British Indian Army during World War II. He had also been awarded the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan.
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Birbal
(One of the Most Important Courtiers of Mughal Emperor Akbar and Iconic Figure Renowned for his Wit)
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Birthdate: 1528 AD
Birthplace: Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: 1586 AD

Birbal was an advisor and chief commander of army in Mughal Emperor Akbar's court. He is best remembered for the folk tales that glorify his wit and intelligence. One of Akbar's most important courtiers, Birbal was part of The Navaratnas, a group of nine extraordinary people in the emperor's court. He has been portrayed in many folk tales and films. 

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Arjan Singh
(The First Indian Air Force Officer to Achieve the Marshal of the Air Force Rank)
Arjan Singh
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Birthdate: April 15, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Faisalabad
Died: September 16, 2017

Arjan Singh was an Indian Air Force officer who served as the Air Force Chief from 1964 to 1969. Arjan Singh, who led the Air Force during the Second Kashmir War, was honored with the Padma Vibhushan for his service during the war. He was the first Indian Air Force officer to achieve the Marshal of the Air Force rank.

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Hari Singh Nalwa
(Commander-in-Chief of the 'Sikh Khalsa Fauj', The Army of the Sikh Empire)
Hari Singh Nalwa
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Birthdate: 1791 AD
Birthplace: Gujranwala, Pakistan
Died: April 30, 1837
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Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
(Indian Politician and Former Shooting Athlete)
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
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Birthdate: January 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is an Indian politician, retired Indian Army officer, and former shooting athlete. He is best known for winning the silver medal in the men's double trap competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is the recipient of prestigious sporting honors such as the Arjuna Award and Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.

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J. F. R. Jacob
(Indian Army Officer Who Played a Major Role in 'The Bangladesh Liberation War Of 1971')
J. F. R. Jacob
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Birthdate: May 2, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: January 13, 2016

J. F. R. Jacob was an Indian Army officer who played a major role in the Bangladesh War of Independence in 1971; the Indian Army helped Bangladesh attain independence from Pakistan. He also saw action in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and during World War II. J. F. R. Jacob also served as the governor of Punjab and Goa.

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Jagjit Singh Aurora
(Indian Army General Who Played a Major Role in the 1971 India-Pakistan War)
Jagjit Singh Aurora
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Birthdate: February 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Punjab, India
Died: May 3, 2005
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Field Marshal K M Cariappa
(The First Indian Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the Indian Army)
Field Marshal K M Cariappa
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Birthdate: January 28, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shanivarsanthe, India
Died: May 15, 1993
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Malik Ambar
(The De facto Ruler of the Ahmadnagar Sultanate in the Deccan Region of India)
Malik Ambar
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Birthdate: 1548 AD
Birthplace: Harar, Ethiopia
Died: May 11, 1626

Malik Ambar was a Siddi military leader who served as the prime minister of the Ahmadnagar Sultanate, later serving as its de facto ruler. Brought into India as a slave, Ambar created a mercenary force and pioneered guerrilla warfare. He then went on to found the city of Khirki, which was later renamed as Aurangabad. 

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Som Nath Sharma
(Indian Army Officer and the First Recipient of the 'Param Vir Chakra' India's Highest Military Decoration)
Som Nath Sharma
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Birthdate: January 31, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Himachal Pradesh, India
Died: November 3, 1947
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Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
(Former President of Pakistan)
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
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Birthdate: August 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jalandhar, Punjab, British India
Died: August 17, 1988
Pakistani military general Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq became the president of Pakistan after he deposed the erstwhile prime minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and declared martial law in 1977. He subsequently became longest-tenured head of state, reigning from 1978 to 1988. He died in a plane crash in Bahawalpur.
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Shaista Khan
(Maternal Uncle of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and General and the Subahdar of Mughal Bengal)
Shaista Khan
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Birthdate: 1600 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 1694 AD
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John Hunt, Baron Hunt
(British Army Officer, Who Led the Successful 1953 British Expedition to 'Mount Everest')
John Hunt, Baron Hunt
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Birthdate: June 22, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shimla, India
Died: November 7, 1998
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Abu Taher
(Bengali Army Man Who Won the 'Bir Uttom' for His Exploits in the Bangladesh Liberation War)
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Birthdate: November 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Badarpur, Assam, India
Died: July 21, 1976
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Tikendrajit Singh
(Rajput Prince Who Fought Against The British Forces in 'The Anglo-Manipur War of 1891')
Tikendrajit Singh
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Birthdate: December 29, 1856
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manipur, India
Died: August 13, 1891

Tikendrajit Singh was an Indian revolutionary and military commander who played a major role in the events leading up to the Anglo-Manipur War of 1891. A Rajput prince, Tikendrajit Singh fought the British forces which had formed an alliance with Surachandra Singh, the king of Manipur who had been dethroned by Tikendrajit and his brother Kulachandra Singh.  

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Premindra Singh Bhagat
(Indian Army General, Who Won the 'Victoria Cross' for His Gallantry During the World War II)
Premindra Singh Bhagat
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Birthdate: October 13, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: May 23, 1975
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Syed Ahmed El Edroos
(Commander-in-Chief of the Hyderabad State Forces at the Time of Annexation of Hyderabad State by India in 1948)
Syed Ahmed El Edroos
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Birthdate: March 3, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sangareddy, India
Died: July 20, 1962
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Raj Mohan Vohra
(Indian Army Officer Known for His Leadership in the Battle of Basantar' in the 'Indo-Pakistani War of 1971')
Raj Mohan Vohra
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Birthdate: May 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Died: June 14, 2020

Raj Mohan Vohra was an Indian military leader who served as a General Officer in the Army. He is remembered for his bravery in the Battle of Basantar, one of the most important battles fought during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Vohra played an important role in India's win in the battle and was honored with the Maha Vir Chakra.

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Thalakkal Chanthu
(Indian Archer & Commander-in-Chief of Pazhassi Raja's Group of Kurichya Soldiers Who Fought British Forces)
Thalakkal Chanthu
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Birthplace: Indian
Died: 1805 AD

Thalakkal Chanthu was an Indian archer who served as the commander-in-chief of Pazhassi Raja's troop, which fought against the British forces in the early 1800s. Chanthu was recognized by Pazhassi Raja as his most skilled war leader. In 1802, Thalakkal Chanthu and Edachena Kunkan led a group of soldiers and seized the British fort at Panamaram.

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James Willcocks
(British Army Officer Who Held High Command During 'World War I')
James Willcocks
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Birthdate: April 1, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baraut, India
Died: December 18, 1926

James Willcocks was a British Army officer who held high command during World War I. He spent most of his career in Africa and India and saw action in many battles, including the Second Anglo-Afghan War, Second Boer War, and First World War. 

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Sukhdev Singh Sukha
(Sikh Militant Who was One of the Assassins of Indian Army Chief Arun Vaidya)
Sukhdev Singh Sukha
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Birthdate: August 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India
Died: October 9, 1992