Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa was the commander-in-chief of Army, Navy and Indian Airforce. The only man in Indian soil to have ever achieved this supreme status. He is indeed the God of Indian army. Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa will be remembered for ever for his selfless contribution in making Indian armed forces one of the strongest in the world today. If he wished India could have become a military ruled country. He was more powerful than Nehru or even Gandhi since the entire armed forces were reporting to him and it would not have taken him much time to get the political leaders behind bar and impose military rule exactly like how it happened in Pakistan after partition but he choose to make India a democratic nation and let people live their life. He in all his life worked selflessly for the nation and his soul dream was to see India become a powerful nation. The legend Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa Despite being more powerful in terms of international reputation and armed forces backing, he never kept any political ambition. India should remember Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa for making India self sufficient to defend itself after partition. He was a strategist, a defense expert, a leader, a visionary and of all a wonderful human being for whom India and army meant everything. The first Field Marshal who the only two men who had the privilege to wear army uniform until his last breath. Such was the status of this legend.
Gen Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, dedicated a statue of Field Marshal K M Cariappa at the Army Parade Ground, Delhi Cantonment and rechristened the parade ground as “Cariappa Parade Ground”.
It is customary in the Indian Army that parade grounds are named after eminent military personalities and war heroes. Army Parade Ground at Delhi Cantonment has been rechristened as Cariappa Parade Ground in the memory of Field Marshal KM Cariappa, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army. The Parade Ground in Delhi Cantonment is one of the largest and most prominent parade grounds of the country.
Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa or Kodandera “Kipper” Madappa Cariappa OBE (28 January 1899 – 15 May 1993) was the first Indian commander-in-chief (C-in-C) of the Indian Army. He led Indian forces on the Western Front during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947. He is one of only two Indian Army officers to hold the highest five-star rank of field marshal; the other being Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. At the peak of his career he was appointed commander-in-chief of the Indian Army in 1949.
His distinguished military career spanned almost three decades. Born on 28 January 1900, in Madikeri, Kodagu, Cariappa joined the British Indian Army on 1 December 1919, and was commissioned as temporary second lieutenant into the 2/88 Carnatic Infantry. Later he was transferred to the 2/125 Napier Rifles, then to the 7th Prince of Wales Own Dogra Regiment in June 1922, and finally to 1/7 Rajput, which became his permanent regiment.
He was the first Indian officer to attend the course at Staff College, Quetta, the first Indian to command a battalion, and was also one of the first two Indians selected to undergo training at the Imperial Defence College, Camberley, UK. He served in various staff capacities at various unit and command headquarters (HQ) and also at the General HQ, New Delhi. Before taking over as the C-in-C of the Indian Army, Cariappa served as the commander of the Indian Army’s Eastern and Western Commands.