19 January, 2021

The Salvation Armyman?

Within the army, V.K. Singh’s ‘principled stand’ is pitted against his various faults

The Salvation Armyman?

General V.K. Singh was at the Vaishno Devi shrine near Jammu on Wednesday, after wrapping up a farewell visit to the Kashmir valley. In the evening, he performed a small puja to seek blessings from the goddess. Divine help might be in order, given his bitter battle with his political bosses in New Delhi. For now it seems the gods are on his side. Fluctuating public perceptions aside, the defence minister was forced by Thursday to express his confidence in him, quelling all talk of an early exit. His embroilment in the date of birth fiasco was seen as a battle over a personal issue. That changed with his salvos against alleged corruption in the army. These evoked a mixed response, with some criticism of their public nature, even before his leaked letter to the PM. But there is also a grudging admiration for what many see as an honest man standing up for his principles. Many serving and veteran officers are outraged at the “frame-up of the general”. “After a long time we have a chief who’s taking up contentious...



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