AN ADMIRAL WITH AN INFECTIOUS SMILE
The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things. – Ronald Reagan
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit – Harry S Truman
Spread Love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier – Mother Teresa
ADMIRAL’S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Little Dev was born in Delhi on 08 Sep 1941, in the pre independence era to Shri Badrinath, an Accounts officer in MOD and Shrimati Durga Devi, a Housewife. They were four brothers and a sister. The parents infused a sense of Patriotism in their children and 3 of them joined the Armed Forces post-independence. RAdm Dev Thukral’s other siblings : Mr NN Thukral (Dep Asst Fin Advisor in Min of Def Accts), Col Inder Thukral, SM (Bengal Sappers), Mrs Santosh Sawhney (spouse of Mr KP Sawhney, Employment Offr UP) and Cmde AN Thukral, VSM ( NC 2nd NDA).
Adm Thukral accomplished his initial Schooling in St Thomas and Harcourt Butler School Simla upto 5th Std, thereafter Senior Cambridge, New Delhi in 1957 and same year joined NDA’s 17th Course. After NDA he opted for the Engineering stream and completed BE from INS Shivaji Lonavala. He stood First in the Order of Merit in the POP of Naval Cadets on Board Kistna in Jun 1960. On commissioning in Jul 1961 he opted for specialisation in the Electrical stream from INS Valsura. After completion of his Technical courses he served in various ships and establishments. He was one of the pioneers of the Submarine Cadre of Indian Navy, who after training in UK and USSR set the foundations of operations and maintenance of the Submarines in our Navy. He was selected to head the Naval overseeing team for the construction of Submarines in West Germany, where he interacted with various industries in Germany, Europe and USA for inspection of equipment from 1982-87.
On return from Germany, he was appointed as DGM(Material), DGM(Planning) and later as GM(Tech) in Naval Dockyard Mumbai. He’s an alumnus of NDC that he attended in 1989. He was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India for Distinguished Service of a High Order. He has the reputation of being an expert in Project Management functions, ISO 9000 series, Quality Assurance, Total Quality Management as well as ISM concepts.
With his domain expertise, he was immediately absorbed by MDL as Director shipbuilding on retirement in Feb 1991, where he served for 3 and half years, heading a separate division of over 8000 employees and has the distinction of completing all Projects successfully on schedule. before shifting as Managing Director of Duke Offshore. From 1997 to-date he has been heading the Dubash group of companies, initial 5 yrs as CEO and now as Principal Advisor. Such has been the glorious career of RAdm DN Thukral in the Indian Navy and later in his second innings. We take a Bow, Sir.
Cdr Vijay Vadhera along with CMs of Powai decided to personally wish the Admiral at his Powai abode (D-201) on his most auspicious day on turning an Octogenarian on 08 Sep.
We then descended 2 floor to ring the bell of the Birthday Boy. Admiral Thukral himself open the door and greeted each one of us with an infectious smile and a warm hug. Adm’s good lady Mrs Shama Thukral, their charming daughter-in-law Dr Tania Thukral (a famous Dentist, runs a Dental Clinic at Gelleria, Hiranandani Gardens), grand children Tanvir and Alisha warmly met us. Admiral showed us the large table-top illuminating ‘80’ that Tania had lovingly gifted and a memento and Saibaba's blessing gift that Cdr & Mrs Patnaik had presented him just past midnight. So thoughtful of Tania and Patnaiks indeed. Each of us were then served a drink of our choice.
Dear Adm Dev Thukral Sir, here's wishing the youngest Octogenarian, on behalf of each member of Navy Foundation, hearty Congatulations on 8 decades of accomplished Life and Best Wishes for many many more years for spreading and sharing your wonderful smile, a rejuvinating Tonic for us. Its a blessing to be in your company, Sir. May you be blessed always in times to come.
(Friends desirous of wishing the Admiral may contact him on Mob- 9821092116 email - email@example.com)
Sam No Varunah
(Grateful to our photographer, Mrs Meena Dutta for photo credits of celebration and Video compilation)
MEMORIES EMBEDDED IN FOOTPRINTS OF TIME