Ever since the controversy over the former army chief V.K Singh’s date of birth became public, a battle he eventually lost, the General, otherwise an outstanding military officer, has continued to be in the news. The latest is his response to The Hindu’s coverage (Oct. 5). Without going into the merits and demerits of his claim, I feel the General needs to practise restraint, particularly in matters of national interest. He went public on television channels about the Indian Army’s alleged payments to politicians in J&K. Even a group of retired generals debunked his claim. Whatever the truth, the General who might have been privy to certain operations carried out in national interest, should not have gone public even after retirement. His disclosures will only provide fodder to our enemy to discredit the functioning of democratic institutions and processes in the sensitive State.