Who: Kotikalapudi Venkata Krishna Rao
When: 30 January 2016
Former Army Chief General Kotikalapudi Venkata Krishna Rao passed away on 30 January 2016 in New Delhi following a cardiac arrest. He was 92.
He was the 14th Chief of the Army Staff of Indian Army.
About Kotikalapudi Venkata Krishna Rao
• He was commissioned into then British India Army (now Indian Army) in August 1942 and had an illustrious career spanning over four decades in the force.
• As a young officer, he had served in Burma (Myanmar), North West Frontier and Baluchistan during the World War II.
• He also had participated in the 1947-48 war against Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.
• He was a founder Instructor of the Pune based National Defence Academy (NDA) during 1949-51.
• He also served as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir (1989-1990 and 1993-1998), Nagaland (1984 to 1989), Manipur (1984 to 1989) and Tripura (May to July 1989).
• He played a key role in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
• He was awarded with the Param Vishist Seva Medal for displaying outstanding leadership, determination, courage and drive during Jammu and Kashmir war.