Army Gets First Muslim Major General From Kashmir

2 April 2008
Times Internet Limited.


Srinagar: Ever since Jammu & Kashmir became part of India, there has never been a Kashmiri Muslim general in the Army. This has now been remedied. With the elevation of Brigadier Mohammad Amin Naik to the post of Major General, Kashmiris, who have historically felt alienated from the mainstream, would now have one grievance less. Commissioned into the Corps of Engineers on December 22, 1974, from the Indian Military Academy, Major General Naik was decorated with the Sena Medal for exemplary service in 1993. But that's not the only metal glistening on the mantle: With equal pride is displayed the bronze he won for India at the 1982 Asiad for coxless-4 - a rowing event. Add to this, eight golds, one silver and a bronze at national championships, apart from two golds, one silver and a bronze in a series of prestigious international rowing meets, you have the picture of a winner all the way.