Articles By Lt Gen Harwant Singh

Defence Forces and National Budget

Defence Forces and National Budget

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Feb , 2019

The size of nation’s defence budget is related to a wide range of factors. With GDP as the base, the percentage of it, which should be allocated to defence depends on a number of issues. The...

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1965 War: General Chaudhury did not order withdrawal behind River Beas

1965 War: General Chaudhury did not order withdrawal behind River Beas

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Aug , 2018

Fifty three years have passed since the 1965 war with Pakistan, still controversies and confusion on many issues and events persist. It is so because the official history of this war is shrouded...

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Kargil Controversy: Mismanagement of Higher Defence

Kargil Controversy: Mismanagement of Higher Defence

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009 | Date: 10 Jun , 2018

During the Second World War the British Army’s operations in Greece ran into near disaster and to save the army, its immediate evacuation by sea became imperative. During this phase of the war,...

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Trimming Down the Indian Army

Trimming Down the Indian Army

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jul , 2016

At the Commanders Conference, in Dec 2015, the Prime Minister made a number of points related to outdated military doctrines, financial realities, incompatibility between modernization and...

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Soldiers: Waste of highly skilled national asset

Soldiers: Waste of highly skilled national asset

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Nov , 2015

More than 80 percent soldiers retire at the age of 36/37 years and their yearly number is almost fifty thousand. They do not even get up to the midway point of their pay band, miss out on...

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Chief of Defense Staff: An Elusive Concept?

Chief of Defense Staff: An Elusive Concept?

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 03 Nov , 2015

The CDS system would also be able to evolve a mechanism to acquire the right weapons and equipment for integrated and complementary deployment and performance of all the three services. Given the...

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The Men Who Saved The Kashmir Valley

The Men Who Saved The Kashmir Valley

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 27 Oct , 2015

Oct 27 is celebrated as ‘Infantry Day’ in the Indian Army. On this day, Indian troops were air lifted from Delhi and landed at Srinagar to protect the airfield and save the town of Srinagar...

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Resettling Kashmiri Pandits: A National Responsibility

Resettling Kashmiri Pandits: A National Responsibility

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jun , 2015

The need to settle Kashmiri Pandits is unexceptionable. They were uprooted quarter of a century ago and little has been done to resettle them. Most of them still live as internally displaced...

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Bargaining with the defence services

Bargaining with the defence services

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Jan , 2015

First it was the then officiating defence minister shri Jaitley, who, during his meeting with a delegation of veterans, told them to lower their demand for One Rank One Pension, (OROP) Now the...

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Fight against ISIS and possible fallout on India

Fight against ISIS and possible fallout on India

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Sep , 2014

During his election campaign, President, Obama had promised to the American people that if elected, he would pull out troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. This was perhaps what a war wary nation...

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Fight alienation and not AFSPA

Fight alienation and not AFSPA

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Sep , 2014

Periodically Omar Abdullah demands abrogation of AFSPA from certain areas of the state of J and K. He claims that there is complete peace in these areas and therefore there is little justification...

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Speeding up DRDO output

Speeding up DRDO output

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Courtesy: HT (Chd edition) | Date: 30 Aug , 2014

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to speed up projects and advance delivery schedules. He has opined that India can be world...

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Kargil Controversy: Army pinpoints IAF failures

Kargil Controversy: Army pinpoints IAF failures

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Vol 25.2 Apr-Jun 2010 | Date: 24 Jul , 2014

Every military operation carries many lessons. The receptive imbibe some while the obstinate simply ignore. To be in a state of denial or finding alibis for mistakes rather than learn from...

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Government should give due consideration to selection of defence minister

Government should give due consideration to selection of defence minister

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Courtesy: HT (Chd edition) | Date: 23 May , 2014

There are many contenders for ministerial berths in the new government at the centre. Prime minister has the onerous task of putting the right man in the right job. There will be pressure on him...

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Election Commission and Defence Services voters

Election Commission and Defence Services voters

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Courtesy: HT (Chd edition) | Date: 12 May , 2014

Just and fair elections are the very bed rock of democracy, where no group or groups of people are disadvantaged in any manner or denied this basic right, by subterfuge or through coercion or any...

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New game plan to deny soldier’s right to cast the ballot

New game plan to deny soldier’s right to cast the ballot

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Courtesy: HT (Chd edition) | Date: 05 Mar , 2014

Earlier soldiers (which includes sailors and airmen too) were required to cast their vote by postal ballot.  The procedure devised for this was so convoluted, that it was simply inoperative. Less...

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Defence Forces of the nation persistently wronged

Defence Forces of the nation persistently wronged

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 18 Dec , 2013

Defence forces have been disadvantaged in a wide range of areas. Firstly they has been persistently wronged by successive Central Pay Commissions, (CPCs)  While defence forces are the largest...

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Damaging a great institution

Damaging a great institution

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 08 Nov , 2013

As compensation for limited promotions, early retirement and to soften blows of the earlier Pay Commissions, the service chiefs demanded ‘running pay band’ and ‘rank pay’ from the 4th Central Pay...

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Drop in standards of probity in military

Drop in standards of probity in military

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 25 Oct , 2013

Recent report in the media brings to light that nearly 180 defence personnel, that is, serving, retired and widows, had submitted false affidavits to HUDA for favour of allotment of plots from...

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Military discipline: recast officer cadre

Military discipline: recast officer cadre

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 15 Oct , 2013

Of late a number of units have experienced trouble between officers and their men. The disturbing aspect is that there have been scuffles between officers and men, which was quite unheard of in...

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