Articles By Lt Gen Harwant Singh

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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From military coup to toppling J&K government

From military coup to toppling J&K government

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 23 Sep , 2013

Not long ago a national newspaper, of considerable standing, ‘in headlines’ on its front page had created a stir amongst the public by raising the specter of a military coup, engineered by...

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Don’t over react to incidents on the LoC

Don’t over react to incidents on the LoC

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 10 Aug , 2013

Recent incident of killing of Indian soldiers along the Loc in J and K, has been, somewhat, blown out of proportion, which could possibly impact on the efforts to improve India – Pak...

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Pakistan needs firm handling not niceties

Pakistan needs firm handling not niceties

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Aug , 2013

The recent killing of four soldiers and one junior commissioned officer near the LoC in the Poonch sector of J&K is yet another serious violation of peace along this line. For Pakistan army to...

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Blood trail in Red Corridor

Blood trail in Red Corridor

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 01 Jun , 2013

The Maoist attack in Bastar on a Congress convoy was one of the more serious incidents. It has been variously described as attack on the nation, an attack on the very idea of India and a...

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Revival of Insurgency in J&K

Revival of Insurgency in J&K

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

Various terrorist groups operating from Pakistan and the Taliban in Afghanistan have declared that once the America ‘draws down’ its troops from the region, they would shift their focus...

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Defence budgets and national security

Defence budgets and national security

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 13 Mar , 2013

For over a decade, allocations for defence in the national budgets have been below 2 percent of GDP. Towards the end of each financial year, instead of allotting additional funds, as regularly...

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Justice Verma Committee Report and AFSPA

Justice Verma Committee Report and AFSPA

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 04 Feb , 2013

Justice Verma Committee was appointed after the Delhi rape case and the agitations that followed in Delhi and elsewhere in India. The Committee was required to put up recommendations to modify...

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Don't dishonour a brave soldier

Don't dishonour a brave soldier

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 24 Jan , 2013

The news that the gurdwara in Panchkula ( Haryana ) had refused to hold the ‘Barsi ‘ ceremony of late Lt-Gen RS Dayal, MVC, has sent shock waves amongst the serving and the retired defence...

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Pak savagery on the Line of Control in J&K

Pak savagery on the Line of Control in J&K

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jan , 2013

Pakistani troops crossed the Line of control ( LoC ) in the Poonch Sector of J and K and killed two India soldiers. It is not so much the killing but the savage act and heinous crime of mutilating...

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AFSPA in J&K: Selective withdrawal may be harmful

AFSPA in J&K: Selective withdrawal may be harmful

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

Speaking to the Press on December 21, 2012, Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of J and K, once again demanded selective withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from certain districts...

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Military and the CAG audit reports

Military and the CAG audit reports

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Dec , 2012

Military expenditure is subject to audit, similar to that of any other government department.  Such checks are essential to guard against wasteful expenditure. CAG has generally done a good job...

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There are no 'Menial' jobs in the army

There are no 'Menial' jobs in the army

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Nov , 2012

Some time ago, a newspaper of considerable standing put out on its front page a story that around a dozen soldiers from a unit at Patiala deserted because they were made to do some ‘menial’...

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Suicides in the military

Suicides in the military

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 10 Oct , 2012

Of late, incidence of suicide in the military, have been highlighted by the national press and the issue also came up for discussion in the Parliament. The yearly average of suicides in the...

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MoD's animosity with the Military

MoD's animosity with the Military

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 18 Sep , 2012

On September 4, 2012 the Supreme Court of India, in a land mark judgment, has finally and irrevocably uncovered the true face of Ministry of Defence (MoD). The 4th Central Pay Commission (CPC)...

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India incapable of conducting Op Geronimo

India incapable of conducting Op Geronimo

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Sep , 2012

Consequent to American operation ‘Geronimo,’ at Abbottabad in Pakistan to eliminate Osama bin Laden, many in civil society have been asking whether India can go ahead with a similar...

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Is Ministry of Defence anti-Military?

Is Ministry of Defence anti-Military?

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 09 Sep , 2012

It has been the stance of the MoD to work against the interests of the military. This sustained attitude and practice of the MoD has created deep fissures in its relationship with the military....

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Can committee of secretaries do justice to the armed forces?

Can committee of secretaries do justice to the armed forces?

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 06 Aug , 2012

Often the political executive appears to find solutions to difficult problems with the help of a group of secretaries. In some cases, this group of secretaries may not have complete knowledge and...

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Has the military been given a raw deal on the pay front?

Has the military been given a raw deal on the pay front?

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Aug , 2012

6Th Central Pay Commission (CPC) had, besides a few bureaucrats as part of the commission, approximately 125 officers drawn from various central services, (but none from the defence services) ...

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