Tapishwar Narain Raina

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Tapishwar Narain Raina

Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Death: May 19, 1980 (59)
Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Son of Anand Narain Raina and Anand Mohini Raina
Husband of <private> Raina (Kurtz)
Father of Private User and Joe Raina
Brother of Suraj Narain Raina; Bilas Rani Tikku; Jagdish Narain Raina and Rama Zalpuri

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About Tapishwar Narain Raina

General T.N. Raina was the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army during 1975-78. Later he served as High Commissioner to Canada.

General T.N. Raina belonged to the Kumaon Regiment and was a veteran of the Second World War, as well as the 1962 and 1971 Wars. During the second world war, 2nd Lieutenant T. N. Raina was injured a grenade accident which resulted in the loss of an eye. He had a glass eye in place for the rest of his career in the army. He was the Brigade Commander at Chushul in Ladakh during November 1962. He was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his handling of the Battle of Chushul. Later, Raina became the Brigadier General Staff (BGS) of the XXXIII Corps in West Bengal. In 1971, Raina was a Lieutenant General, and was the General Officer Commanding of II Corps in the Khulna sector. Raina was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contributions to the War. He served as the Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army from 1 June 1975 to 31 May 1978. During his tenure as the COAS, the central government led by Indira Gandhi declared a state of national emergency in India. Before the imposition of the emergency, it is believed that the Prime Minister asked for the Army's support in the venture, but General Raina bluntly told the Prime Minister that the army would not be used to 'further her ends' but obey only those orders of a 'legally construed government.' . This was considered a crucial moment that kept the Indian Army out of politics at a critical juncture.

General Raina died in 1980, while serving as India's High Commissioner to Canada.

Tapishwar Narain Raina (Punjabi: ਤਾਪਿਸ਼੍ਵਰ ਨਾਰਾਇਣ ਰੈਨਾ; 1921 Ludhiana - May 19, 1980 Ottawa) was the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army during 1975-78. Later he served as High Commissioner to Canada.


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Ludhiana, Punjab, India
May 19, 1980
Age 59
Ottawa, ON, Canada