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Mr Ashok Handoo

Ashok Handoo had an outstanding career in the Indian Army during which he rose to the rank of Lieutenant General and the appointment as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command. During his illustrious career he took part in operations in the Jhakargha Sector during the Indo-Pak war in 1971, with distinction.

For his outstanding qualities as a soldier he was invariably selected, out of turn for special assignments and courses. He had the unique distinction of raising the first Guided Missile Battalion of the Indian Army. He was also selected by Army Headquarters for advanced specialization courses at United Kingdom and France at the National Defence College in India.

He had the distinction of being appointed Colonel of brigade of the Guards, a much coveted and rare honour in the Indian Army. The President of India conferred on him the Param Vishisht Seva Medal for Distinguished Service of the Most Exceptional Order. The Scindia School conferred on Ashok Handoo the Madhav Award as an Old Boy of Distinction for the year 1986.