Lt Gen J F R Jacob was born in a Jewish family in Kolkata in 1923. He studied in a boarding school in Kurseong, near Darjeeling. After hearing the reports of the Holocaust, he enlisted in the army in 1942.
During the World War II, he fought in Iraq and Burma. After the end of WWII, he went on to attend military institutions in England and USA. He also participated in the Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971.
A brave man he was, in an interview watched in YouTube, he said he almost bluffed the Pakistani Gen Niazi to surrender during the Indo-Pak war. The Indian army fought a brave war and managed to capture the main building where the top ranking Pakistani amrymen were present. He obtained an unconditional surrender. In that interview, he said, he went straight forward to the Pak Gen and said, ”We will provide you and your men protection, but you will need to surrender.” Left with no options the Pakistanis surrendered. Bangladesh was born.
After an illustrious army career, he became a businessman and also joined politics. He joined BJP and was their security adviser for many years. He also served as the Governor of Goa and Punjab.
An ardent supporter of India-Israel relationship, we visited Israel many times and always wished for a better relationship.
With the death of Lt Gen Jacob (retd), an era comes to an end. He will always be remembered by Indians for his dedication, bravery and patriotism.
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