Former army chief General O.P. Malhotra dies
Gurgaon: Former Army Chief General of India Mr. Om Prakash Malhotra (retd) died on Tuesday, 29th December 2015 at Gurgaon. He was 93.
General Malhotra was the 13th chief of the Indian Army (1978-1981), ambassador of India to Indonesia during 1981-1984 and governor of Punjab and administrator of Chandigarh during 1990-1991.
The General is survived by his wife Saroj Malhotra and two children. His son Ajai Malhotra was Indian ambassador to the Russian Federation, Kuwait, Romania and Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in New York.
Mr. O.P. Malhotra was born in Srinagar, Kashmir on August 6, 1922 and received his schooling first at Model High School, Srinagar, and then at SP Higher Senior Secondary School, Srinagar. He then attended Government College Lahore, before being selected to join the Indian Military Academy Dehradun.
Honours and Awards: Malhotra was honoured with several awards. Few of them are: In 1976, he was awarded the Param Vishist Seva Medal for "service of the most exceptional order". In 1977, he was made an Honorary Senior Colonel Commandant of the Regiment of Artillery. In 1980, he was made an Honorary General of the Nepalese Army. In 1994, he was conferred the Degree of Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa by University of Jammu.