Cyrus Addie Pithawalla awarded Major General

Highest gallantry award winner breaches rank ceiling

Now, for the first time ever, a rookie officer who won such an award three decades ago has breached this inexplicable glass ceiling. Ashoka Chakra awardee Brigadier Cyrus Addie Pithawalla was on Wednesday approved for the next rank of a Major-General and posted as the general-officer-commanding of the Andhra Sub-Area.

Brig Pithawalla is among the only four such awardees — two Ashoka Chakra and two PVC – currently serving in the Army. While one is a major, the other two are from the “other ranks”. The late Hoshiar Singh, awarded the PVC during the 1971 war, had retired as a Colonel.

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  • Dear Sir,

    I would like to bring to your notice that my father Major General Navzer Jamshedji Chinoy served with distinction for 35 years and retired as Major General – Army Service Corps, Eastern Command at Fort William, Calcutta in 1996-1997. Entitled to wear a purple beret (paratrooper commando) – he served activley in the 2 pak wars.


    Jamshed Chinoy. 9824171506. On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 8:51 AM, Parsis, Iranis, Zarathushtis – ALL Under

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