Major General Randhir Kumar Mehta is the second Indian to become Military Advisor in the department of peacekeeping operations of the UN. Upbeat about his new assignment in New York, Mehta spoke to V. Sudarshan in his Sena Bhavan office.
When did you know you were getting this job?
One fine day in October, I got a call from the military secretary's branch. They desired to have my curriculum vitae for submission to the United Nations for the job. I was thrilled; I asked them for a day to think it over. The next day, I confirmed to them my willingness to take up the assignment if considered eligible.
When do you join?
Tentatively, in the first week of February.
Tell us something about your new job.
The military advisor works under the undersecretary general in the department of peacekeeping operations in the UN headquarters. He's got several responsible duties to execute as per a charter, involving forecasting, assessing future requirements, looking at ongoing missions, keeping in touch with various force commanders, looking...