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UK book launch of Lt Gen Bilimoria

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A book titled ‘Lieutenant General Bilimoria: His Life and Times’ was launched on 25 July at the Nehru Centre, central London. The book follows the origins of Bilimoria family and catalogues the rise of Lt Gen Bilimoria from his childhood to the pinnacle of the Indian Army. The book details major events including his commission into 5th Gurkhas Rifles and the Bangladesh War of 1971 which would interest the Bengali community.

The book release event here was attended by leading lights of the British Army, including former chief of general staff, Field Marshal John Chapple, son of Lt Gen Bilimoria Lord Karan Bilimoria of Cobra Partnership & Foundation, High Commissioner of India Navtej Sarma and author of the book retired Maj Gen Ian Cardozo.  Lord Karan Bilimoria in his address said his father Lt Gen Bilimoria told him about the bravery of the Mukti Bahinis (Bengali freedom fighters). ‘Teenaged boys were ready to take up any challenges and give their life for Bangladesh’. His father, Lt. General Faridoon Bilimoria was the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Central Indian Army and led the 2/5 Gurkha Rifles during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.

Retired British Army officers recalled their interaction with Lt Gen Bilimoria, who was the Indian Army’s liaison officer in the School of Infantry in Warminster in the 1970s. A popular soldier, he saw action in the 1971 war and held several key posts, including GOC of the central command. Other speakers at the event said Lt Gen Bilimoria was a thorough army officer and also a family man who treasured his wife Yasmin & his two sons Karan & Nadir. Lord Karan Bilimoria recalled the values passed on to him by his father, who died at the age of 72 in 2005.Lt Gen Bilomoria will be remembered as an inspiration to generations of Indians both inside and outside the army.

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