Gonikoppal: Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Saturday here said it was time to recommend Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa’s name for the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna.
“Time has come to recommend Field Marshal Cariappa for Bharat Ratna,” the Army Chief said as he unveiled statues of Field Marshal Cariappa and General K.S. Thimayya at this hilly town in Karnataka’s Kodagu district.
The bronze statues were installed in the vicinity of the ‘Lyn House’, the ancestral house of Kodavdira family, to which both the Generals belonged to.
Cariappa was the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Army and was conferred the Field Marshal rank on April 1986. He is also a recipient of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his role in the Burma campaign against the Japanese during the Second World War (1939-1945).
Thimayya, a 1954 Padma Bhushan awardee, was Chief of Army Staff from 1957 to 1961. He was the only Indian to command an infantry brigade in World War-II.