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Major General
Ian Cardozo
Born August 7, 1937(1937-08-07) (age 84)[1]
Place of birth Mumbai
Years of service 1954–1993
Commands held 1st Battalion 5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force)
Spouse(s) Priscilla Cardozo
Other work
  • Former Chairman – Rehabilitation Council of India
  • Vice president – War Wounded Foundation[3]
  • Author (of multiple books focusing on Indian military history)
  • active member – Spastic Society of Northern India[4]
  • Chairman – Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research[5]
  • Trustee – National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People[6]

Major General Ian Cardozo was born to Vincent Cardozo and Diana (nee de Souza) Cardozo in 1937 at Mumbai.[2] He is an amputee due to a war injury. He is the first disabled officer of Indian army to command a battalion and a brigade.[7] He is an inspiration to the differently abled.[1] He was also the first officer in the Indian Army to be awarded the Sena Medal.

He studied in St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.[8] He joined the National Defence Academy and thereafter was inducted into the Indian army.[2]

During a war, he stepped on a land mine and injured his leg badly. Due to non-availability of morphine or pethidine, and absence of medics, his leg could not be amputated the surgical way. His fellow soldiers could not do it either seeing the risks involved. He used a khukri to cut his own leg finally.[9] After this, he was treated by Pakistani pow surgeon Major Mohamed Basheer and subsequently recovered.


He is an active member of ADAPT – New Delhi chapter (formerly Spastics Society of Northern India).[2] He was chairman of Rehabilitation Council of India from 2005 to 2011.[10] He has authored multiple books on military history focusing on India. He is the chairman of CAFHR.[5] At more than one occasion, he proved his fitness levels over and beyond his normal colleagues.[2][9]

Personal life[]

He is married to Priscilla and has three sons.[7] He currently resides in New Delhi.[2]


See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Singh, Aarti (12 Aug 2016). "10 Indian Soldiers Whose Courageous And Patriotic Stories Need To Be Retold". 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 PISHAROTY, SANGEETA BAROOAH (13 Feb 2003). "Unknown soldier... to you I bow". The Hindu. 
  3. "War Wounded Foundation – Office Bearers". Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  4. "The Tribune – Chandigarh , Online Edition". The Tribune (Chandigarh). 17 Aug 2002. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "CAFHR – Board of Management". Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  6. "Trustees – NCPEDP". NCPEDP. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Claude, Arpi (8 Dec 2011). "1971, A War Hero Remembers". 
  8. Cardozo, Ian (2003). Param Vir: Our Heroes in Battle. Roli Books. pp. 228. ISBN 9351940292. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Arpi, Claude (8 Dec 2011). "'I cut my leg off and ordered: 'Go and bury it'". 
  10. "RCI – Annual Reports". Rehabilitation Council of India. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  11. Filmer, Antonia (30 Jul 2016). "‘In the Army, work and play are synonymous’". The Sunday Guardian. 

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