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Updated: June 12, 2012 15:55 IST

Would like to be remembered as a soldier: Gen. V.K. Singh

Amruta Byatnal
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All three units of the armed forces were prepared to face any challenged, Army Chief Gen. V.K. Singh said on Wednesday. File photo
The Hindu All three units of the armed forces were prepared to face any challenged, Army Chief Gen. V.K. Singh said on Wednesday. File photo

A day ahead of his retirement, Chief of Army Staff General V K Singh stated that he would like to be remembered as a soldier, as “somebody who has tried to uphold what the army stands for.”

Gen. Singh was addressing the media after he reviewed the Passing out Parade at his alma mater, the National Defence Academy in Pune on Wednesday.

"No differences with MoD"

He sought to clear the air on the speculations of a rift between the armed forces and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). “There are no differences between the forces and the MoD. We are one. The Raksha Mantri (Mr AK Anthony) is clear headed in his support to the forces,” he stated.

Gen. Singh, who has been in the eye of the storm in the last few months, stated that he had gone through his career abiding by Mahatma Gandhi’s principle of ‘anybody who does injustice is wrong, and anybody who accepts injustice is wrong.’

Speaking of the controversies he found himself facing, he said, “Certain controversies were created... Certain controversies erupted. Certain controversies can be ascribed to my dear media friends who have great imagination to see a ghost behind every bush.”

Stating that he remained unaffected throughout, he said “I would say it has not concerned me at all. Somebody told me a lot of people throw insults at you. You actually deserve those insults is you react to them. If you are not concerned with those insults, don’t react to them.”

Gen Singh refused to comment on Lt Gen. Tejinder Singh’s complaint against him to Mr Anthony. “Those of us who know him well enough know what kind of things he tries, what he has been trying and what he has been doing. This is not a forum to castigate him. He is most welcome to slide into any depths that he wants to.” Gen Singh had alleged that Lt Gen Tejinder Singh had offered him a bribe of Rs. 14 crore for clearing a “substandard” truck deal.

Gen. Singh also refused to comment on the confidential letter to the Prime Minister on the ill preparedness of the army that was leaked to the media. “All three forces are ready for any kind of challenge,” he said. However, he stated that the Indian army needed to be more relevant and ready “to get out of the old mould and move out. There is a need to modernise and create a network-centric joint service environment,” he said.

Refusing to divulge his post retirement plans, he said that he would start thinking about it once he actually handed over his uniform on May 31. On Team Anna’s invitation to join the anti corruption movement, he said, “I will think and analyse these offers after June 1.”

“It is every citizen’s duty to raise one’s voice against corruption” he stated. As of now, his priority will be to finish his PhD on Afghanistan, he stated.

Earlier addressing the 361 cadets who passed out of the NDA today, Gen Singh urged the young officers to ‘have the right kind of moral and ethical values’. “In no case, self will get precedence over the organization; never shall personal gains, override official and professional needs,” he stated. He stated that it was an honour to be back at the institute to "take salute" where he began his career 46 years back.

Quoting his favourite lines from Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’: “If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much;Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!”

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Cheers for V.K. Singh. And we will remember you as a soldier.

from:  Vismaya
Posted on: May 31, 2012 at 07:22 IST

Bravo old soldier.Interested people tried to malign you but you ultimately triumphed.Serve your motherland in any capacity.

from:  ved
Posted on: May 30, 2012 at 22:48 IST

A straight forward talk,before leaving indeed.Wishing the army chief a happy retired life.

from:  Anthony Rao
Posted on: May 30, 2012 at 20:13 IST

Every patriot
Indian will be proud to stand behind you.India needs all veterans to
come forward and undo all the mistakes/misrule by politicians,
especially after the great leader Sri.Lalbhadur Shastriji. People have
lost faith on the entire polluted system. we can not blame the Eminent
writers of the contitution But only the Greedy characterless and
unpatriotric politicians. Right from the Most Respected Presidential
chair to PM to MPs/MLAs, Bureaucrats to a clerk, judge to Advocates
disrespect/disrepute has taken positions. People are aghast about our
political system! Especially an unceremonious coalition by the rejects
networked to encash their vested interest by bartering posts and
department have faked the Democracy. Every Law is aimed only at taking
deeper roots of their loot tantra. While we need minimum currency in
this digitalized world They go on printing Bigger denomination notes
to handle/hide Black Money conveniently.

from:  A B BHANDARY
Posted on: May 30, 2012 at 16:07 IST

@abdulla.We do not need Ataturk and certainly not Hitler from Germany.Ataturk
created elite military establishment,which created Genocide of the Armenian
people and Hitler did the same with Jews , his aggression and dictatorship was
responsible for the 2nd world war resulting in the misery and deaths of 27 million
Russians and 12 million Germans in addition to the million time deaths in
UK,France,North Africa and several hundred thousand lives of Indian Soldiers.To
this we must add the massacres of the chinese people in the hands of Japanese
aggressors.

Certainly we need working men like LL Kwan Yew of Singapur and S.Manmohan
Singh of India.

from:  Trilok Singh
Posted on: May 30, 2012 at 15:00 IST

No one can deny the long and distinguished service of Gen VK Singh. But in the lats few months he has blackened his book by unnecessary events which has spoilt his good image and that of the army. I wish his successors will maintain/restore the long great tradition of the army led by the late FM Cariappa and FM Manekshaw.

from:  S.N.Iyer
Posted on: May 30, 2012 at 14:30 IST

India needs Leader like LEE KWAN YEW. of Singapore
2/ Mustafa Ataturk of Turkey.
3/ Sheikh mohammed of Dubai
4/ Hitler from Germany.
we need only action -no talking-we need to build a powerful strong highly
disciplined-Buoyant- dynamic leader with solid danda. one man- we need to build india better than EUROPE from grassroots -clean and most modern.
we sell gold and diamond on roadside. We need to bring back the golden era. 50% of young indians using their brilliant disciplined minds can feed the world many times over. Let us work together .
Build this great nation with one voice- we do not need politics. EMERGENCY FOR 5YEARS WITH SOLID management with results should pave the way.for resurruction of India.

from:  abdulla
Posted on: May 30, 2012 at 13:35 IST

We salute the brave solider who is retiring on 31st . Again and again we request you to join hand with team Anna and Ramdevjee who are fighting for strong locpal bill to prevent corruption and bring back black money respectively. According to you " A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step , which you will take the step day after tomorrow i.e. on 1st of July instant. We hope that step should be joining hand with Anna team And Ramdevjee to save our country and our future generation . Earlier in the serving a in Army you were fighting against the external enemy and now you will fight against the internal enemy . We have a intution that god had retired you in write time to help us .

from:  Satyanarayan Behera
Posted on: May 30, 2012 at 13:18 IST

Army chief Mr.V.K.Singh has indeed acquitted himself in a befitting manner by his
answers to the media men.

from:  shanthanu
Posted on: May 30, 2012 at 12:16 IST
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