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Back From The Cold

Arun Singh returns, but in the role of facilitator this time around

Back From The Cold
Back From The Cold
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It's the return of the recluse. After a self-imposed political exile of more than a decade in the sylvan setting of Binsar in the hills of Uttar Pradesh, Arun Singh has made a reappearance in the hurly-burly of New Delhi. This time, he has been designated as special executive assistant to external affairs minister Jaswant Singh, drawing an honorary salary of Re 1 a month.

Before taking up his hermitic lifestyle, this one-time chum of Rajiv Gandhi-a former corporate executive-turned-defence specialist-was someone to reckon with, and not just by virtue of being minister of state for defence in Rajiv's cabinet. Singh quit that post when allegations of kickbacks in the Bofors deal surfaced, upset that he was kept in the dark especially after putting up a spirited defence in Parliament over the gun deal. And immediately afterwards, he took up his life in the hills.

Singh has now emerged from the wilderness to give Vajpayee's caretaker regime a helping hand in these troubled times. "His job basically involves advising the minister on the military aspects of the Kargil...

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