Jaganath Rao Bhonsle

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Major General Jaganath Rao Bhonsle also known as Jagannathrao Krishnarao Bhonsle[1] (20 April 1906[1] – 1963) was an officer of the British Indian Army subsequently the Indian National Army, a minister for armed forces in the Azad Hind Government, and later a minister in the post-independence Nehru Government in India.[2][3][4]

Jaganathrao Bhonsle was born at Village Tiroda of District Sindhudurga in State Maharashtra. Gen. Bhonsle was from Royal Family known as Tirodkar Bhonsle. He graduated from Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College, Dehradun in 1926 and then went to the Royal Military College, Sandhurst where on 2 February 1928 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant.London Gazette 3 February 1928. He would have then spent a year attached to a British Army regiment in India before posting to his permanent British Indian Army unit on 12 April 1929, which was the 5th Royal battalion, 5th Mahratta Light Infantry of the British Indian Army. He was promoted lieutenant 2 May 1930 and captain 2 February 1937. He was stationed at Singapore in 1941 and was taken PoW after the Fall of Singapore. Bhonsle was one of the most senior officer to join the Indian National Army and was appointed the head of the Hindustan Field Force of the First INA. He was appointed the commander of the Indian National Army INA at the time Azad Hind was proclaimed Following Indian independence in 1947, Bhonsle was appointed minister for rehabilitation in the Nehru government. He has done great job for Rehabilitation of Sindhi community at Ulhas nagar and was key in implementing the National Discipline Scheme.


  1. ^ a b October 1939 Indian Army List
  2. ^ Nehru 1982, p. 86
  3. ^ Sareen 1988, p. 378
  4. ^ Pan-Asia Newspaper Alliance, Hong Kong 1957, p. 143


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