The following collection of articles are a reflection of the unique and inspiring perspective of a soldier, who has both served in the Indian Army, and also acted as the Military Secretary to two of the foremost Presidents of Independent India –
KR Narayanan and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. These articles deal with matters of a political, military, economic and psychological nature; not simply through an intellectual lens, but through the prism of experience. Interspersed with anecdotes from the personal life of the author, drawing upon all that he has witnessed, and partaken, these words take the reader through a journey filled with dragons, fighter jets, newsroom warriors, and even, Sufi saints.
They are a celebration of the human spirit, and an invocation for the betterment of society, and the world that we inhabit. Although, the topics that find mention, are often filled with suffering and bleakness, the element of hope is ever-present. Veering away from the pit-falls of gross over-simplifications, the author delves deep into the topics he has chosen to write about, offering a nuanced and conscientious approach to a wide range of subjects. As comprehensive and varied as the topics are; they are also extremely relevant given the current hyper-nationalistic word-view. The author seeks to remind his readers about the importance of critical engagement and multiple perspectives and appeals that the spirit of “cooperative federalism” be considered as paramount in these trying times.
About the Author
Lt Gen Bhopinder Singh (retired) PVSM, AVSM is the former Lt Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Puducherry. In his Military career spanning over 40 years he has fought the 1965 & 1971 wars, served extensively in J&K and North East, was posted as the Military, Naval & Air Attaché for East & South Africa and was also the Military Secretary to the Presidents of India, Shri KR Narayanan and Shri APJ Abdul Kalam.
Commissioned in 1965 into the famous 17th Battalion (‘Barhe Chalo’) The Rajput Regiment, he commanded the same battalion and was also the ‘Colonel of the Rajput Regiment’. A soldier with multiple combat experiences, diplomatic tenure, service with two former Presidents of India and later becoming the Lt Governor of two Union Territories – he has a wide experience and perspective on matters concerning national, security and geopolitical domain that he regularly shares in his prolific ‘third innings’ of his career i.e. by writing and contributing articles for leading newspapers of the country.