Nathu Singh Rathore

Lt. Gen. Nathu Singh Rathore was from Gumanpura,[1] in the erstwhile state of Dungarpur in Rajasthan.

Early Years

Singh was born in 1900,[2] although official records say he was born on 10 May 1902 at Gumanpura in the princely state of Dungarpur. He was the only son of Thakur Hamir Singhji of Gumanpura. He was a descendant of Rathore Jaimal who fought for Mewar against Akbar. Singh lost his parents at a young age and was then taken under the wing of HRH Maharawal Vijay Singh of Dungarpur.

Singh was educated at Mayo College and was nicknamed Baghi (Rebel) by his peers. He was later sent to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England to be trained as an officer in Imperial Army, on the request of HRH Rajmata of Dungarpur. At Sandhurst, he befriended Subhas Chandra Bose.

Career

Singh was the second Indian officer to graduate from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst after General Rajendrasinhji Jadeja who went on to become a three-star general. He served in 1/7 Rajput regiment. He served at various places including Afghanistan and the Deccan. At Staff college he scored still-record 935 out of 1000 in Strategy. He served in Burma during World War II.[3]

He climbed the military hierarchy and in 1948 was offered the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Indian army to replace the retiring General Roy Bucher by Sardar Baldev Singh, the defence minister at the time.[4] He declined, stating that General K. M. Cariappa was senior to him and eligible for the post.[4][5]

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