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Whatcouldbethebestanswerwhenaskedtojointhe
IndianNavyinsteadoftheArmy?

Canyouanswerthisquestion?
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RishiRajSingh,DefenceAspirant.
1kViewsRishihas10+answersinIndianArmedForces.

No.OnlyIndiansdo.
I'mgoingtoshareastorybraveindianarmyofficerwhowasborninaChristianfamily
andIhopethiswouldshutguyslikeyouforever.
ThisisthestoryofMajorGeneralIanCardozo.
MajorGeneralIanCardozowasayoungmajorinthe5GorkhaRiflesinthe1971warwith
Pakistan.Inaswiftmilitaryoffensive,IndiadefeatedPakistanwithin13days,liberateda
regionandledtothecreationofBangladesh.
Inthewar,thethenMajorCardozosteppedonalandmineandhadtocutoffhisbadly
woundedlegwithhisownkhukri.
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Yet,throughsheerwillpoweranddetermination,hedidnotlethisdisabilitycomeinthe
wayofhisdutyasasoldierandwentontobecomethefirstdisabledofficerintheIndian
Armytocommandaninfantrybattalionandabrigade.
Hereisaninterviewofhim.
QuestionTellusaboutyourwound.
answerAtthattime,Iwasstillnotwounded.

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TherewasaBSFcommanderwhogotpanickywhenhesawallthesefellows(prisoners)
andasked:"Pleasesendsomeonehere.'ItoldtheCOthatIwouldgo.Ididnotknowthat
Iwaswalkingonaminefield.Isteppedonamineandmylegblewoff.
ABangladeshisawthishappening,hepickedmeupandtookmetothebattalion
headquarters.Theywerefeelingbad.Itoldthedoctor,'Givemesomemorphine.'Theyhad
no#8800ithadbeendestroyedduringtheoperations.'DoyouhaveanyPethidine?''No'
Itoldhim:'Couldyoucutthisoff?'
Hesaid:'Idon'thaveanyinstrument.'
Iaskedmybatman:'Whereismykhukri?'
Hesaid:'Hereitis,Sir.'
Itoldhim:'Cutitoff.'
HeansweredinGorkhali:'Sir,Ican'tdoit.'
Itoldhim:'Giveittome.'Icutmylegoffandordered:'Nowgoandburyit.'
Youtellpeoplethatyouareembarrassedtotellthestorybecauseitwasnothingatall.
Whatwasyourfirstthought?
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Myfirstthoughtwasforher(pointingtohiswife,Priscilla).Ithought,'Whatastupid
thinghappenedtome.Itwasbeyondmycontrol,itjusthappened.'
Thenthedoctorcameandtieditup.MyCOalsocame:'Ian,youareverylucky,wehave
capturedaPakistanisurgeon.Hewilloperateonyou.'
'Nothingdoing,Sir,Idon'twanttobeoperatedbyaPakistanidoctor.Justgetmebackto
India,'Ianswered.
BythattimeDhakahadfallenandtherewasnochopperavailable.
IthentoldtheCO:'Twoconditions.'Heimmediatelysaid:'Youarenotinpositiontoput
conditions.'
Itoldhim:'OK,tworequests.One,Idon'twantPakistaniblood.'
Heretorted:'Youareafool.'Isaid:'Iampreparedtodieafool.Mysecondrequest,Sir,I
wantyoutobepresentwhentheyoperateonme.'TheCOasked:'Why?'Ianswered:'You
knowwhy.'(Therehadbeencasesoftorture).So,heagreed.
Anyway,thePakistanisurgeondidagoodjob.HisnamewasMajorMohamedBasheer.I
haveneverbeenabletosay,'Thankyou.'Iowehimathankyou,butitisnoteasy(tofind
someoneinPakistan].
QuestionWhatdidyoufeelwhenyoucutyourownleg?
AnswerPeoplearegivingmorecreditthanIdo.ActuallyIjustfeltdeeplyembarrassed
becausemylegwasinaterriblestate.Ididnotwanttolookatitandotherstolookatit.I
wantedtogetridofit.Nobodywantedtodoit,soIdidit.
questionYouhavesaidthatyoualwaysdreamthatyouhavetwolegs.
answerYes,inmydreams,Ihavetwolegs,noartificialleg.

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QuestionHowdidyoumanagetogetapromotionafterbeingdisabled?
AnswerOnehastoacceptthatthearmyputsagreatamountofemphasisonphysical
fitness.Onehastobefittobeacommanderatanylevel.
Frommyside,IfeltthatthedoctorswereunfairtometosaythatIcouldnotperformas
wellasanybodyelse.
Withmywoodenleg,Iwasdeterminedtoprovetothearmyaswellastotheworldin
general,thatapersonwithawoodenlegcoulddoaswell,ifnotbetter,thanatwolegged
person.Iresolvedtokeepmyselfphysicallyfit.
Iwokeearlymorning,didsomeexercisesandwentforarun.Ididthebattlephysicaltest.
Ihadaproblemwiththeofficerinchargeofthetestwhorefusedtoallowmetopassthe
test.Hesaidhewouldnotletmegothroughthattestbecauseayearearliersomeone
physicallyunfithadgonethroughthetestanddied.
ItoldhimIwasfit,butheansweredthathewouldarrestmeifIdothetest.Itoldhim:
'YoucanputmeunderarrestonlyafterIcommittheoffense.Soletmedothetestandyou
canarrestmeafter.'
SoIdidthetestandleftsevenofficerswithtwolegsbehindme.Theofficerwasagood
man,hesaid,puttinghisarmaroundmyshoulder:'Welldone,Sir,goodjob.'
Ilaterwenttothevicechiefandaskedhim,whatelseshouldIdo?Hesaid:'Comewith
metoJ&K.'
Hecamebyhelicoptertoaplaceat6,000feet.Iclimbedfromtheroadtothehelipad.
Whenhearrived,heaskedme:'Howdidyoucomehere?'thinkingIhadusedmycontacts
toflywithachopper.Itoldhim:'Sir,Iclimbedfromtheroad.'
Hewassurprised:'Youcanclimb!'Itoldhim:'WhatIcanorcan'tdoisthemindsofmy
seniorofficers.'

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Hesaid'Alright'andputupmycasetothearmychief(GeneralTNRaina)whoaskedme
toaccompanyhimtoLadakh.Iwalkedinmountainsinsnowandice.GeneralRainasaw
thisandwhenhereturnedtoDelhi,heaskedformyfileandwrote:'Yes,givehima
battalionandtoallotherofficerswhoarenottakingshelterbehindtheirwounds.'
Forme,itonlymeantthatonehastodowhatisrequiredbyone'sjob.Iwasthefirst
disabledofficertobeapprovedtocommandabattalion.
ThesamethinghappenedwhenIwastotakecommandofabrigade.Thebureaucracy
said:'No,youcan'tcommandabrigade.'IwrotetothearmychiefthatIhadproventhatI
couldcommandabattaliontherewasnoreasonwhyIshouldbedemotedinastaffjob.
Thechiefsaid:'Whydoyouharassthisman,givehimthecommandofabrigade.'
Laterthreedisabledofficersbecamearmycommanders.Oneevenbecamevicechief:he
hadearlierhadbothhislegsamputated.
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PankajSinghKaintura,ArmyBrat
749ViewsPankajhas70+answersinIndia.

Ireallydon'tunderstand,whatsortofquestionisthis?
Yestheydo.Therearemanychristiancitizensintheforces.Currentlythevicechiefof
ArmystaffLt.GeneralPhilipCamposeisachristianandtherearemanylikehim.
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RanjitMisalNikam
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OffcoursetheydoandtheyformthemajorpartoftheArmedforces,infactthereare
numberofseniorofficerswhoarechristiansandalsorisentotherankofChiefofStaff.
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ZahraAfreen,I'mapakkaIndian:)))
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Yeah,suretheydo.Whatdoyouexpect?WereyouthinkingallChristiansresidinginIndia
havecitizenshipofaforeigncountry?
IseriouslyfailtounderstandthereasonforthistypeofquestionsinQuora.Areyouguys
questioningthesecularityofIndiaorthepatriotismofthecitizensofIndia?
Andyes,ifyouwantastraightanswer,theIndianarmydoesn'tdiscriminateonthebasisof
faith,casteoranyotherstupidmanmadedivisiononthisearth.It justwantsthe
candidatetobecapablepersonandofcoursefulfillitrequirements:
http://joinindianarmy.nic.in/alp...
Youcanrefertheabovelinktogetaclearideaoftherequirementsanditclearlydoesn't
mentionthereligionofthecandidate.
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GaneshPurohit,Indian
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Ofcourse!Whynot.EverycitizenofIndiaisequalinallrespects.Religionisapersonal
choice.WhyjusttheArmyandNavy,Indiahashadminoritycommunitymembersas
Presidentsofthecountry.ThePresidentofIndiaistheSupremeCommanderoftheArmed
Forces.AndIndiahashadMuslims,SikhsasPresidents.InfactoneofIndia'smostloved
andrespectedPresidentwasAbdulKalamAzad,aMuslim.SamManeckshaw,aChristian
wasIndia'sonlyFieldMarshalandoneofthecountry'smostrespectedGenerals.Mother
Teresa,aChristianwasIndia'sNobelPrizewinner.Thecountrydoesnotcarewhatfaith
onefollows,ifoneLovesIndia,he/sheisgoodenoughtoLeadIndia.
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BabaiBanerjee
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IfuranIndian..orasubjectofNepal,BhutanoraTibetianrefugeeureligibletojoin
theIndianarmy...nomatterwhatthereligion...Thereisnopartialselectioninaccordance
toanyreligionsochristiansdogetselected.
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DeboDasgupta,VeteranofAllahabadandBangaloreBoards
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NopeneitherdoHindus,Sikhs,Muslims,Buddhists,atheists,Janis,Parsis,Jews...only
IndiansareallowedtojointheIndianArmy.
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Ninad.S.Dholakia,Indianfirst.
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No,becausethosewhojoinIndianNavyorforthatmatter,anydefenceforcesofthe
country,arentChristiansorHindusorMuslimsorsikhs.Theyare"Indians".
It'shightimewestartseeingourselvesasIndiansfirst.Ifwewon't,howandmost
importantly'why'theworldwould?
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NOhindusinIndianarmy,noChristiansinIndianarmy,nomuslimsinIndianarmy,no
JewsinIndianarmy,OnlyIndiansareinIndianarmy
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NishitTewari
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Suchastupidassquestionman...
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SarathyKandaswamy
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No,onlyIndiansJoinsIndianArmy,becausetheeligibilityisNationalitynotthereligion.
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AshishChannawar
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No.TherearenoChristiansorHinduorMuslimsinIndianDefenseforces.Allare
Indians..
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