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Tale Of A Quiet Hero

It took Arun Singh four months to bring about reforms, which 50 service chiefs could not achieve.

Tale Of A Quiet Hero
illustration by Saurabh Singh
Tale Of A Quiet Hero
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Everyone loves a success story. Indians read so few of them in the Press, they deserve to be told every happy story that can be narrated. This one concerns the few months that Arun Singh spent in the ministry of defence (MoD) in 2001, implementing his own recommendations on restructuring the defence decision-making apparatus. Some in services headquarters jokingly call it Arun's second avatar, thereby referring to his first association with services headquarters in the mid-eighties. That tenure, which saw the only happy times in the army, navy and air force higher commands in the past 20 years, produced the famous Arun Singh committee report, also on restructuring the MoD. But in the mid-eighties, Arun was not the seasoned South Block warrior he has now become. The first Arun Singh committee report was made to simply disappear; not just the official copy, but all copies. Such things can happen if the Lord of the Files so decrees. For many years after this disappearance, services folklore reassured the younger warriors that reforms would come one day when the report would be...

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