Gorkha: The Brave Story Of Major General Ian Cardozo, Who Amputated His Own Leg On Battlefield

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Gorkha: The Brave Story Of Major General Ian Cardozo, Who Amputated His Own Leg On Battlefield
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Ever since the poster of Akshay Kumar starrer Gorkha released, it has created a massive frenzy among the fans. The story of braveheart Major General Ian Cardozo is finally going to get a cinematic adaptation.

In the film, Kumar will essay the lead role of the brave soul (who is now 84-year-old) who amputated his own leg during the Indo-Pak War of 1971 led to the freedom of East Pakistan and the formation of Bangladesh. Here is his inspiring story. 

Gorkha: The Brave Story Of Major General Ian Cardozo, Who Amputated His Own Leg On Battlefield
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“‘Where is my khukri?’ I asked my Gorkha batman, Balbahadur. When he pulled it out I said, ‘Cut off my leg.’ He refused. So I cut it off and told him to bury it. Poor chap. I now have a piece of land in Bangladesh,” he had himself narrated.

Pakistani-Bangladesh War of 1971

Gorkha: The Brave Story Of Major General Ian Cardozo, Who Amputated His Own Leg On Battlefield
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In 1971, tensions were rising between India and Pakistan. When the war broke out, Cardozo was attending a course at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. After his battalion’s–4/5 Gorkha Rifles– second-in-command got killed, he replaced him and also became a part of the Indian Army’s first heliborne operation during the battle of Sylhet.

Cartoos sahib 

Gorkha: The Brave Story Of Major General Ian Cardozo, Who Amputated His Own Leg On Battlefield
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Since his Gorkha regiment found it difficult to pronounce his name, they would fondly called Major General Ian Cardozo Cartooos Sahib. For the unversed, Cartoos in Hindi means cartridge. 

He amputated his own leg

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During the final days of Indo-Pak War and after the fall of Dhaka, Cardozo stepped on a landmine. While he was successfully taken to the camp, there was no doctor who could treat him there. Everyone feared he might die, but when he gained consciousness, people were happy, but his condition was still critical. He asked for morphine, which wasn’t available there at that moment. Ian then decided to cut his leg. He asked his companions to help him with that, but when they refused to do so without the proper medical equipment and gave them his khukri. Everyone was still reluctant. That’s when Cardozo took the matter in his own hand and cut his own leg.

Major General Ian Cardozo’s wooden leg

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A few days later, the war was won and the story of his bravery stunned the entire nation. He proved a soldier could do anything. He was then awarded with the Sena Medal. Despite his amputation, Cardozo was maintained his physical fitness levels and succeeded in fitness tests with his wooden leg.

Thus, he became the first disabled officer of the Indian Army to command a battalion.  

Major General Ian Cardozo’s early life 

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Ian Cardozo was born to Vincent Cardozo and Diana (née de Souza) Cardozo in 1937 in Bombay. He studied at St. Xavier’s High School, Fort and St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai. After completing his studies, he enrolled in the National Defense Academy, and this was the beginning of his journey to army. He then trained himself at Indian Military Academy before joining Gorkha rifle.

He is the first NDA cadet to receive both Gold and Silver The gold medal is given to the cadet of the passing out course for best all round performance.

(Also Read: ‘Life Goes On’, Akshay Kumar To Resume Shoot After Mother’s Demise, Won’t Let His Film Suffer)

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