“Everybody says you're right, and you begin to think how right they are to think you're always right.” – Lord Louis Mountbatten

Mountbatten Road is named after Lord Louis Mountbatten (25 June 1900 – 27 August 1979), the last Viceroy and first Governor-General of independent India . An important statesman of the British empire, Lord Mountbatten spent much of his career in British East India, an area that included India, Burma and Malaya.

Lord Mountbatten lived through the two greatest wars of human civilization, i.e., World War I (The Great War) and World War II. He was born into the Battenberg family, a British family of German descent. On the outbreak of World War I, his family changed their name to Mountbatten because of the anti-German sentiments in Britain . During this period, Louis Mountbatten was studying in the Dartmouth Naval College and later joined the Royal Navy, the greatest naval power of the early 20 th century.

He remained in naval service during the inter-war period. When World War II broke out, Mountbatten was put in charge of numerous destroyers, the most famous being the H.M.S. Kelly. Winston Churchill, Britain 's wartime Prime Minister, later made him the Head of Combined Operations Command in 1941. This effectively put him in charge of the British armed forces. Mountbatten was one of the masterminds of the famous D-Day operations, which helped to end the European War.

After the war in Europe ended, Mountbatten was transferred to Southeast Asia, then known as Southeast Asia Command (SEAC). This was the first time the region came to be known as Southeast Asia. Here, he was in charge of restoring peace to Burma and Singapore and became the first Earl of Burma. Lord Mountbatten was also one of the few to have been informed about the use of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

When World War II ended, Clement Attlee, the then Prime Minister, appointed Mountbatten the last Viceroy of India. Mountbatten then became in charge of the transfer of power to independent India and Pakistan, putting him in the middle of the Indo-Pakistani dispute (the Kashmir issue) which is still unresolved. After India , he commanded the British Mediterranean fleet. Lord Mountbatten died in a bomb explosion in 1979, planted by the Irish Republican Army.

Despite his successful career, Lord Mountbatten did have problems in his personal life. His wife, Edwina Mountbatten, is rumoured to have had an affair with Jawaharlal Nehru, India 's first Prime Minister. Their daughter, Patricia Mountbatten, insists that there is no truth to this. However, she did admit that Nehru and Edwina shared a very close relationship that was useful in Anglo-Indian political ties. Even statesmen are human, after all.