Anil Malhotra was born in an army hospital on December 18, 1952, in New Delhi, India. He is the son of Brigadier Tilka Raj Malhotra. His father was born on February 26, 1925, and passed away on June 18, 2016 at the age of 91. Brigadier Tilka Raj Malhotra was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the army in December 1946 and served in India’s Custodian Force in Korea from 1953 to 1954. Additionally, he fought in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and retired in 1980 after nearly four decades of service.
Background on Brigadier Talk Raj Malhotra
Brigadier Tilka Raj Malhotra was born on February 26, 1925, in what is now part of Pakistan. After his early schooling, he moved to India to continue his education. The Brigadier's father was also in the Indian military, so it was a natural path for him to go as well. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the army in December 1946. He served in Korea from 1953 to 1954 and later moved his family to Australia in 1956.
The Stories His Father Told Him
Anil Malhotra reflects on the stories his father, Brigadier Tilka Raj Malhotra, told him about his experience in Korea. On November 19, 1950, the 60 Parafield Ambulance Unit of India moved in to Korea. It was the time when the Chinese army put in a massive counter-attack. His unit was ordered to evacuate because of the Chinese attack. The unit became known as the Bucket Brigade because they carried buckets of water from the nearby river to a steam engine to get it working once again. The steam engine hauled all medical equipment away from the conflict zone and was not lost to the war. The steam engine carried all of the medical equipment to Seoul, across the Han river, just in time because the communists blew up the bridge right after. He expands on other stories about the 60 Parafield Ambulance Unit. The goal of the unit was to save as many lives as possible.
This Father's Experience in the Custodian Force
Anil Malhotra talks about his father's (Brigadier Tilka Raj Malhotra) experience in the Custodian Force from 1953 to 1954. This was when Syngman Rhee was the Republic of Korea (ROK) President. The five infantry battalions that made up the Custodian Force were called the CFI, the Custodian Force of India. He reflects on how much South Korea has improved since the war.
What Would You Say To Your Father?
Anil Malhotra thanks his father, Brigadier Tilka Raj Malhotra. He is grateful for his father sharing all about his experience in Korea. He is hopeful that the knowledge will be passed along to future generations.