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A Lion, To The Last

Martyred on the front, Brigadier Usman’s story is an ode to honour

A Lion, To The Last
A Lion, To The Last
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No military commander in independent India, except one, has received a state funeral. But so overwhelmed was a nascent nation at the supreme courage and sacrifice of Brigadier Mohammad Usman 66 years ago that Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his cabinet colleagues turned up at the funeral of the hero—the “highest ranking military commander till date” to lay down his life in the battlefield—who was laid to rest with full state honours on the premises of Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi.

Two memorials, one at Jamia Millia Islamia, the other at Naushera, stand as silent reminders of the man today—as the nation prepares to observe his one hundredth birth anniversary.


Brig Usman leading a parade in Multan

It was 5.45 pm on July 3, 1948. Jhangar near Naushera (Jammu). The sun was about to set and the...

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