ITANAGAR, Jun 2: A Soldier’s General, an autobiography of Gen (Retd) J J Singh, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and former Army Chief, will be released on June 9 next in New Delhi and two days later in Chandigarh.
The book depicts a lucid story capturing the saga of three generations who have served the Indian Army from 1914-2012.
Reflective of strong military and democratic traditions of the country, JJ became the first Chief of the Indian Army from the Maratha Regiment. A telling story of an ‘Indian first’ in whose blood and collective consciousness was the gallant Sikh heritage which was further shaped by professional military training, which epitomizes the apolitical, secular and professional strength of Indian army.
Kashmir finds a prominent mention with an insightful view on the way forward as also the incisive prognosis of the future of Pakistan. The General alludes that Pakistan has pressed the ‘self destruct button’, but the key to ‘undo’ that lies in the hands of the people of that nation.
As the additional director general (military operations), he covers the evolution of strategy and execution of the Indian military response during the Kargil War, leading to a remarkable victory which annulled Pakistani aggression. This is an interesting read.
As an Army Chief, he conceptualized and enunciated the principle of an ‘Iron Fist and Velvet Glove’ in handling insurgency and terrorism.
Besides the iron fist, this brought to the fore – the humane face of the Army and zero tolerance to human rights violations while handling insurgency.
‘Musharraf and I’ is an interesting insight into lives of two contemporary generals standing as adversaries in the volatile subcontinent, who served as army chiefs at the same time.
Higher direction of national security – his pragmatic views on the necessity and role of Chief of Defence Staff as also Sino-Indian relations and the boundary dispute make credible reading.
Appointment as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, the strategically located state, completes the story encapsulated by the sobriquet ‘A Soldier’s General and a People’s Governor’. (DIPR)



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