Om Prakash Malhotra
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|Om Prakash Malhotra|
|Years of service||1941–1978|
Commissioned in the Regiment of Artillery in November 1941, he fought against the Japanese in the Second World War in Burma. He commanded artillery regiments across India between November 1950 and July 1961. He later served as an instructor at the Defense Services Staff College, Wellington, and was the Military and Naval Attaché at the Embassy of India in Moscow from 1962-1965. From August 1965 to January 1966, General Malhotra commanded an Artillery Brigade and then a Mountain Brigade in north-east India. He was promoted to Major General in September 1967 and commanded 36th Infantry Division in Saugor for two years. From September 1969 till May 1972 he was GOC, 4 Corps, in the Eastern Sector. Subsequently, he commanded XI Corps in Jullunder for two years and was later the GOC-in-C Southern Command located at Pune. In 1976, General Malhotra was awarded the Param Vishist Seva Medal for "service of the most exceptional order". He was Vice Chief of Army Staff before taking over as Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army on 31 May 1978 and serving in that post for three years.
During 1990-1991 General Malhotra was appointed the Governor of the Indian State of Punjab when militancy in that state was at its height. General Malhotra resigned upon the cancellation of elections in Punjab.
A keen sportsman, General Malhotra was for many years the President of the Equestrian Federation of India and the Founder President of the Asian Equestrian Federation. He has also been the President of the Delhi Golf Club, New Delhi.
General Malhotra is a Trustee of the Nehru Trust for the Indian Collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and has served as the President of India's largest NGO, the "National Association for the Blind" in New Delhi. He is an active member of Kiwanis International in India.
General Malhotra is presently the Chairman of two charitable organizations Shiksha, and Chikitsa. His son, Ajai Malhotra, is Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation since 2011 List of Ambassadors of India to Russia.
- Crossette, Barbara; Special To The New York Times (19 December 1990). "Punjabis, Caught Between Sikh Rebels and New Delhi, Fear a Showdown". The New York Times. p. 3. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
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