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Loosening His Cannon

The former army chief seems to find ways of keeping himself busy and simmering

Loosening His Cannon
Jitender Gupta
Loosening His Cannon
outlookindia.com
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In 2010, the year Gen Vijay Kumar Singh took over as the chief of the world’s third largest army, a report in the American magazine Rolling Stone ended the military career of Gen Stanley McChrystal, then commander of the US forces in Afghanistan. The picturing of the reckless general openly mocking the US president and the secretaries of state and defence led inevitably to McChrystal’s resignation. The profile hea­dline—The Runaway General—said it all. (Curiously, the author of the piece, Michael Hastings, who was embedded with the US forces in Afghanistan, died in a car crash earlier this year. He was 33.)

In marked contrast, V.K. Singh has thrived as a runaway general, inside and outside office. His tenure at the top was marred by the unseemly row with the government over his date of birth, charges and counter-charges ranging from corruption to snooping, all of which made Sena Bhavan look like Police Academy. His post-retirement career plans, which have received a rather underwhelming baptism in the Anna Hazare-Baba Ramdev...

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