Saturday, January 30, 2016
Former Army Chief General K.V.Krishna Rao died in New Delhi today following a cardiac arrest. General Krishna Rao (92) also served as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir at a time when militancy was at its peak in the State. He was commissioned into the Army on August 9, 1942 and became the 14th Chief of the Army Staff.
General K. V. Krishna Rao was born on July 16, 1923. He is the son of K. S. Narayan Rao and Mrs. K. Lakshmi Rao of Vijayawada. He is married to K. Radha Rao and has one son, Narayan and one daughter, Lalitha.
As a young Officer, he served in Burma, North West Frontier and Baluchistan during the Second World War. During the extensive Punjab disturbances in 1947, he served both in East and West Punjab.
He was a former Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura. He was governor of Jammu and Kashmir for the first time from July 11, 1989 to January 19, 1990 and the second time from March 13, 1993 till May 2, 1998.
He was awarded the Param Vishist Seva Medal (the Award for distinguished services of the most exceptional order) for displaying outstanding leadership, courage, determination and drive during this War.
General Krishna Rao was conferred the Honorary Doctorate of D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) by the Andhra University, Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by Sri Venkateswara University and Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.) (Honoris Causa) by the Telugu University. He is a Life Member of the India International Centre, New Delhi, National Sports Club of India, New Delhi, Defence Services Officers Institute, New Delhi, Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Mumbai, Divine Life Society and Secunderabad Club.