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Courage and Conviction Courage And Conviction Hardcover General V K Singh Served In The Indian Army For Forty Two Years, Retiring As Chief Of Army Staff On May His Distinguished Career Saw Him On The Front Lines Of Combat In The Indo Pak War Of Which Led To The Creation Of Bangladesh And In Sri Lanka As Part Of The Indian Peace Keeping Force Considered One Of The Worlds Foremost Experts In Counter Insurgency Operations, He Is Also Known For The Principled Stand He Took On Many Issues During His Tenure, From Arms Procurement To The Deployment Of The Army Against The MaoistsTrained At The National Defence Academy And The Indian Military Academy, VK Singh Served In Regions And In Roles Crucial To Indias Security From His Early Days As Company Commander On The Line Of Control In Poonch, To Commanding Elite FormationsVictor Force In Jammu And Kashmir And The Vast Eastern Command That Shares International Boundaries With Nepal, Bhutan, China, Myanmar And Bangladesh To His Experience Of Military Operations And Exercises Such As Blue Star, Brasstacks And Trident, General Singhs Story Makes For Fascinating Reading Candid, Compelling And Occasionally Controversial, This Is The Story Of A Straight Talking Soldier Not Afraid To Stand By His ConvictionsInteresting Facts About The BookGives The Reader Hitherto Untold Stories About The Generals Experiences During The IPKF Operation In Sri Lanka, The Bangladesh War With Pakistan, Operation Bluestar And Anti Insurgency Operations In Kashmir And The NortheastReveals Information About Bribery And Corruption Scandals In The Armed Forces During His Tenure As Chief Of Army StaffGives The Full Story About Various Lobbies Who Tried To Victimize Him Over The Issue Of His Falsified Date Of BirthGives A Worrying Picture Of How Senior Officers In The Armed Forces Are Constantly Harassed By Top BureaucratsAbout The AuthorA Third Generation Army Officer, General V K Singh Served With Both The nd And th Battalion Of The Rajput Regiment A Highly Decorated Soldier, He Was The Twenty Fourth Chief Of The Indian Army In The Course Of His Tenure He Took A Principled Stand On Multiple Issues And This Often Brought Him Into Conflict With Powerful Lobbies Both Inside And Outside Government Writer And Filmmaker Kunal Verma Has Produced Many Critically Acclaimed Films For The Indian Armed Forces That Include The Standard Bearerson The NDA And A Documentary On The Kargil War He Has Also Authored The Long Road To Siachen The Question Whyand The Northeast Trilogy


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    VK Singh was a unique Indian Army Chief as he stood out in news for all the seemingly wrong reasons It was natural for me to seek out his autobiography to know of his times and ideas The autobiography, unlike many from sub continental military figures, is very well written and composed Part of the reason may be that VK Singh had professional help of Kunal Verma in writing it It gives a unique insight to almost four decades of Indian Military and the events it was engaged in Right after his passing out the author landed in to one of the oldest and traditional infantry battalion in Indian Infantry and the initial anecdotes are interesting in explaining ways and standards of inner working of a battalion and early days of a subaltern in it the writer was fortunate to have participated in 1971 war and his narration of the events in which he participated was equally fabulous and less mired in controversy unlike many Indian writers who show a prejudiced view in black and white The career progression till rise to Army Chief of the author is narrated always with a few incidents in every rank and station which speaks of a superb memory in retention of even minor incidents like those explained His participation in Indian Army s intervention in Sri Lanka and its Tamil affair and lessons from it was interesting to me and i am already looking forward to reading on it.The operation against Sikhs in Amritsar is explained adn along with it the procedural fault lines and objections of author against it are frankly put up which i think is a brave attempt the author explains everything lucidly and i for one felt involved with the events He raises questions all along be it the defence postures, policies, the military purchase and acquisition process, the land mafias, the politico national integrity As usual the author couldn t refrain from some self defence points to counter the controversies that surround him but that was inevitable i guess The down part is that at such points in the book the reader feels bewildered Is it an autobiography or a court room As this self defence includes the blame and name game thus creating a bad taste in reading an overall WELL DONE book.


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    BOOK REVIEW COURAGE AND CONVICTION An Autobiography by General VK Singh with Kunal Verma Reviewed by VIKRAM KARVEDetails of the Book Title COURAGE AND CONVICTION An AutobiographyAuthor General VK SINGH with KUNAL VERMA Publisher ALEPH BOOK COMPANY New Delhi, India Year 2013ISBN 978 93 82277 57 6No of Pages 396 including photographs Price Rs 595Book Review During the past few days I saw rather sensational accounts of this book in the media and wondered whether the journalists had really read the whole book or were they just sensationalizing a few excerpts.I got a copy of Courage and Conviction and read the whole book.It is an interesting life story of a distinguished soldier narrated in simple down to earth style which makes the book easy to read and engrossing yes, I found Courage and Conviction immensely readable and I would say that this book has seamless Page Turning Quality PTQ.Arthur Koestler once remarked that there are two main motives for writing autobiographies 1 The The Chronicler s Urge which expresses the need to share experiences related to external events2 The Ecce Homo Motive which expresses the need to share internal thoughts based on internal life experiences.While the Chronicler stresses on external events, the Ecce Homo contemplates on internal processes.In his autobiography General VK Singh delves on both these aspects.It is also said that an autobiography should be candid and controversial Courage and Conviction is certainly candid, but I did not find it controversial.Even when discussing contentious issues the author does not go for the jugular but exercises restraint while describing various knotty events in his long career.He writes in a frank, unpretentious and friendly manner, without boastfulness or melodrama, and I feel that it is this simple down to earth writing style is what makes this book so readable and engrossing.If you are looking for no holds barred bare all story with startling disclosures or sensational breaking news you may be disappointed, for though the book does delve briefly on various controversial topics like line of succession age controversy and various scams and scandals , there are no astonishing revelations that have not been in the public domain and discussed ad nauseam in the media before.In fact, I feel that this book is a must read for youngsters, especially those young men and women aspiring for a career in the armed forces who want to have a first hand glimpse of life in the army I am sure they will love to read this interesting life story of a distinguished soldier, starting from his formative days as a student and cadet at the National Defence Academy NDA , meandering his way through a remarkable army career all the way to the top as Army Chief.The book comprises 12 chapters, compiled in 3 parts.The first part covers the author s formative years in the army starting off as a cadet at NDA and IMA, his days as a subaltern in an infantry battalion and his combat experiences in the 1971 Bangladesh War.Curiously, the author had joined NDA as an Air Force Cadet, but at his father s behest his service was changed to Army in his 5th term.The second part of the book comprising 6 chapters is the meat of the book and describes the author s rise through the ranks, as he soldiers on, through combat, peace and training appointments, in India and abroad, and, after undergoing various trials and tribulations, makes it to coveted flag rank.Comparing and contrasting the training philosophies of the Indian and US Armies the author is an honour graduate of the prestigious US Army Ranger s Course and US Army War College , the author comments while the US Army prided itself on setting the bar at a level where they looked for reasons to disqualify a soldier student, in the Indian Army, the establishment was terrified of failure, doing its best to make sure every young officer somehow got across the finish linein our own set up, if we failed a student, we knew there would be hell to pay with even Army HQ jumping into the frayin the case of Americans the emphasis was on realism, with combat conditions being createdwe, on the other hand, were administratively drivenour system lends itself to a certain amount of pampering Is this lenient approach desirable in the military is this not a point for the powers that be to ponder over In the same Part 2 of the autobiography, which I called the meat of the book , chapters 6 and 7 make absorbing reading, as the author describes his soldiering experiences in, and views on, the eventful 1980 s, in Siachen, in Punjab, with the IPKF in Sri Lanka and the Unconventional War.Narrating numerous incidents, the author brings out various facets of mid career army life like how your postings are at the mercy of the uniformed bureaucracy how your career prospects are subject the whims and fancies of senior officers, the red tape which results in combat soldiers being dominated by babus , uniformed and civilian, who are supposed to serve them.The author narrates how his career may have ended as a Brigadier, as the promotion board had passed him over for promotion to the rank of Major General.He tells us how a former GOC and some of his seniors prodded him to seek redress which led his case to be reviewed and he was cleared for promotion.The three chapters in Part 3 of the book, Life at the Top , chronicle the author s eventful journey spanning his higher command appointments, ranging from Victor Force Commander in Counter Insurgency CI Operations to Divisional, Corps and Eastern Army Commander, culminating in his appointment as Army Chief, the zenith of his career.The author mentions various scams and scandals, the date of birth and the line of succession controversies, his frustration with politicians and babudom , and his battles for seeking justice, but like I said, he does not go for the jugular, but delves on these contentious issues rather fleetingly exercising moderation and restraint while writing about these touchy matters He recounts how a number of his innovative efforts to improve the system were stonewalled, including his proposal to abolish the archaic sahayak system still prevalent in the army.General VK Singh ends his autobiography with an Epilogue Reclaim India in which he puts forth some of his views on the current state of affairs, civilian and military, and briefly enumerates his post retirement activities after he hung up his boots on 31 May 2012.Towards the end the author laments about the army Today, virtually everything that we believed in, the very honour code that drove generations of army officers, is under attack Taking a cue from the system , in fact with the active encouragement of the system, senior officers who are expected to set examples are playing right into hands of those who are playing kingmakers.Hoping that his story would serve a purpose, wondering whether mere words are enough, the author ends his book with a quote from Solzhenitsyn a shout in the mountains has been known to cause an avalanche.It is a big book and, including the illustrative pictures, is 396 pages long, but it is written well, as a smoothly flowing story, and is an easy read in fact, once you start reading it becomes quite unputdownable and it is probably in this crucial aspect of enhancing readability and achieving seamless Page Turning Quality PTQ that the co author Kunal Verma, a noted writer and filmmaker, may have contributed significantly The well paced narrative is interspersed with anecdotes and a sprinkling of humour.Sample this After a training session on the topic of morale, a soldier was asked to explain the difference between fear and panic.The soldier replied in Hindi Saab, phear fear dar hota hai Yeh hamare level pe hota hain Fear means being afraid and this happens at our level, to soldiers Panik panic unche darje ka dar hota hain jo officer level pe hota hai Panic is a higher level of fear which happens to officers The author writes from the heart and this lends a sense of authenticity to his writing This quality of verisimilitude and the friendly down to earth easy to read writing style makes this book an enjoyable reading experience And there is plenty of food for thought in this book.Every book has a message.After reading the book, I pondered to myself the author has said so many things in his book, but what is the cardinal message he is trying to convey Well, other readers may have a different perspective, but, in my opinion, the cardinal message of this book is that the biggest problem plaguing the army and the country is the increasing TRUST DEFICITAnd, consequently, the main challenge is how to mitigate this trust deficit and regain the atmosphere of trust, especially in the context of the armed forces.TRUST is the bedrock of the armed forces.In the Navy, on a ship, all shipmates have to trust each other, and, most importantly, everyone has to trust the Captain, and vice versa.I am sure it is the same in the army.Trust begets trust.Senior Officers have to make efforts to win the trust of their juniors by their impeccable conduct and genuine concern for their soldiers.Let me cite an incident from chapter 7 of the book IPKF and The Unconventional War.As war hysteria build up, a Corps Commander asked the Army Chief a pertinent question If we go to war, what do I tell the men What are we fighting for This demonstrates that importance of taking your juniors into confidence to build a relationship of trust.It is imperative that soldiers have implicit trust in their officers, especially they must fully trust their senior officers in whose hands the soldiers have put their lives at stake.Just imagine the deleterious effect on their psyche when junior officers and soldiers switch on their TV and watch breaking news about involvement of their senior officers in scams, scandals, corruption and other immoral and unscrupulous activities Can you expect juniors to trust such unethical seniors Stories of infighting contretemps internecine battles and succession wars at senior levels and increasing incidents of clashes between officers and soldiers at the unit level, reported in the media from time to time, are signs of eroding mutual trust which is the root cause of trust deficit at all levels within the army.There seems to trust deficit at the macro level too, between the top brass of the army and the bureaucrats, and politicians, and the author has brought out many such instances in his book.Is this atmosphere of trust deficit having an adverse effect on the efficacy of our armed forces Well, I will leave that question for you to ponder on after you read the book.But, after reading Courage and Conviction by General VK Singh, I feel that the biggest challenge before the army and the defence establishment is how to tackle and mitigate this problem of growing trust deficit with a view to creating a favourable atmosphere of trust, which is the bedrock of the armed forces.I enjoyed reading this book it was an enriching experience too.Should you read this book I feel you should, especially if you are in the army, or are interested in the affairs of the armed forces.And, like I said earlier, I feel that this book is a must read for youngsters aspiring for a career in the armed forces.The production quality of the book is superb.I am glad I bought this book it is a valuable addition to my bookcase About the Authors of Courage and Conviction General VK Singh needs no introduction After a distinguished career in the Indian Army for 42 years, described vividly in his book, culminating at the very top, he retired as Army Chief on 31 May 2012 There is an archaic saying Old Soldiers fade away but after reading his autobiography it looks like he intends to continue to actively contribute to the nation as best as he can The co author Kunal Verma is a writer and film maker BOOK REVIEW by VIKRAM KARVEVIKRAM KARVECopyright Vikram Karve Vikram Karve has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this book review vikram karve., all rights reserved.


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    I always admired General s work After going through his autobiography my conviction became solid All the trails and tribulations he has gone through his entire career and, importantly, how he overcame through all of them successfully are really encouraging I liked the way he narrated all his life incidents I was hopeful that his political life would also been discussed but I realized book was published before he joined politics actively To conclude, a good one to fuse enthusiasm and love for the nation Thanks for all the good work


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    Luckily I read this book just when things related to Indian Army in Kashmir is all over news, while media successfully creating an image of mistrust between civilians and their guardians Thanks Sir of telling a story from angle of how a soldier feels when he hear it from everywhere while sitting alone at border.My question from you sir, now you have highlighted all what is wrong with bureaucracy, and how its effecting functioning of our Armed Forces, being in government now are we expecting some changes Your book indirectly put you back in courtroom this time in front of public where common people will be judging you that a person who was speaking too loudly against govt in his book, now a Minister himself, is he same VK or he is changed also.


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    A riveting book that tracks Gen VK s military career It speaks about his initiation into the forces, followed by various field and peace appointments, all of which helped make way for his eventual rise to the appointment of Chief of Army Staff The book, unfortunately, is riddled with narratives of virtue signalling that try to exonerate Gen Singh in controversies that eventually plagued him during his time as Chief Whether it was Gen Dalbir Singh s DV ban or his own age row, all professional and personal engagements, even those from his younger days, seem to read under the cloud of these controversies Few snippets that really provide food for thought 1 Deep Selection and Politicisation of Appointments in the Army Gen Singh writes of how his age row wouldn t have become if not for the vested interests of a few in the Army HQ and MoD It is a known fact that mid way into a Chief s tenure, he is likely to know who his next two successors are going to be Also, the Chief is in a position to influence the line of succession beyond his next two successors through ACRs Gen Singh talks of how Gen J J Singh Chief 2005 07 , in order to ensure that a potential successor to Gen VK Singh would be Gen Bikram Singh may have arm twisted the Army HQ on the DoB issue Also, Gen VK mentions how Gen Bikram s coursemates, including Gen Ravi Arora, were written off much earlier to make way for Gen Bikram.2 Technical Support Division Col Hunny CO fo TSD as of 2018 has been exonerated of charges pertaining to mishandling intelligence reports and other issues So, what had prompted this sudden interest in TSD back in 2012 The book takes you through a roller coaster ride at the end where Gen Singh talks about one after the other controversies that kept propping up As per him, he had stirred the hornet s nest, and was being punished If the bureaucratic politico nexus is as he makes it out to be , then serious institutional reforms are warranted.


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    Awesome book which not only gives the current state of the country but the people leading it Very blunt honest man General Singh gives his account of how the different functionaries are functioning It s so sad that people with power are only filling their cash chests and not bothered about the soldiers laying down their life for the country Must read for each country men, as this gives a really clear image of our politicians way of working.


  7. says:

    Excellent and very enlightening bookVery insightful, motivating and gives us courage to think and do what is right I hope bureaucracy and arrmy will improve the systems for benefit of the nation Our leaders will show will and conviction to bring transparency and faith in the system.


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    Narrated from a unique perspective of armed services from being commanded to commanding the unit Done with care and devoid of opinions A suggested read for all those with little to no idea of post Independence wars of India.


  9. says:

    Mediocre book.


  10. says:

    Good reading for Indian Military enthusiasts.Much needed in the relatively empty troves of Indian Military literature