It was unheard of for Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa to use his power and status for personal purposes. Once Cariappa went to the Rajput Regimental Centre to pay farewell before he retired. He brought his son and daughter with him, and both of them stayed at the commandant’s house till the next day. According to the rules, children were forbidden to attend the officers’ mess. As chief Cariappa might have taken them to the mess but he did not.
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Motivational Story – When Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa rejected offer made by General Ayub Khan
During the 1965 war with Pakistan, Kodandera M. Cariappa (Field Marshal)’s son K C Cariappa was a Squadron Leader. He was shot down while carrying out air attacks in Pakistan and was taken prisoner. On realizing the identity of the wounded soldier, Radio Pakistan immediately announced his safe capture. Pakistani General Ayub Khan himself contacted Field Marshal Cariappa, who was living a retired life at his hometown, with information about his son’s safety. When Gen. Khan offered to release his son immediately, Field Marshal is reported to have scoffed at the idea and told him to give his son no better treatment than any other POW. “He is my son no longer.” the old Soldier is reported to have thundered. “He is the child of this country, a soldier fighting for his motherland like a true patriot. My many thanks for your kind gesture, but I request you to release all or release none. Give him no special treatment,” the Field Marshal is reported to have said. He also said “The POWs are all my sons, look after them well.”
To talk about winning professional victories in certain events is very different to when you win a gold medal for your country because I remember standing on the podium, the feeling that you get when your national anthem is sung and when I landed at the New Delhi airport, every single person stood up and applauded me and I had tears coming out of my eyes and I said this is the proudest moment of my life.
Being an athlete it was very difficult for me to accept. When you’re playing for 6-8 hours every day, you simply can’t believe you’ve cancer. I too was escaping from the same and I continued to play. Then the doctors told me if I continue to ignore my health then it’ll be difficult for you to survive. I thought the doctors are probably lying because I wanted to play and continued to neglect my health and then my condition deteriorated and so did my performance in the sport. With no alternative, I had to go for treatment.
My mom and dad took me to a cricket game at Eden Park back in 1997 I guess. It was a time when I really didn’t know what cricket was and I think it was an India Vs New Zealand game. Ever since I always wanted to play for New Zealand against India. I grew up in New Zealand, so all my heroes were New Zealand cricketers and to wear the same shirt that they wore was always the biggest picture for me and still is to this day.