Gen VK Singh – the next anti-corruption crusader?

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 10:26

Zeenews Bureau

Pune: A day before retiring from the top post, Army Chief General VK Singh on Wednesday reiterated that there was no misunderstanding between the armed forces and the government.

“There is no misunderstanding between the MoD (Ministry of Defence) and us. We are one. The Army is a part of the government,” Gen Singh said at a press conference here, after reviewing the passing out parade of the 122nd course of the Khadakvasla-based National Defence Academy (NDA).

Responding to questions from the reporters, the Army Chief said his relations with the Defence Ministry were good.

“If any deal hasn’t moved forward, then there must be some reasons behind it,” he said, adding “you need to find out the reasons from them (MoD)”.

Gen Singh said some of the controversies involving him that came to the fore recently were media creation. He was apparently referring to the ‘coup story’ published by a leading newspaper.

“Lot of people throw insults at you. You deserve them if you react to them,” he said.

Responding to a question on Lt Gen Tejinder Singh whom he has accused of offering a bribe to clear the purchase of a tranche of Tatra trucks, Gen Singh said he knew all along what the General was doing.

The Army Chief said to raise voice against corruption was everyone’s right as well as responsibility.

“It’s not just my movement but all of us,” he said, adding “anybody who does injustice is wrong, anybody who accepts injustice is wrong” quoting Mahatma Gandhi.

On a question about accepting the invitation to join Team Anna, Gen Singh said’ “Till (May) 31, I don’t have any post retirement plans.” He added: “I will think about that only after retirement on June 1.”

Lauding the Army, Gen Singh said it is apolitical, absolutely secular and impartial.

“It’s not my Army, or anybody else’s Army; it’s the nation’s Army,” he said.

“As a nation we have certain challenges and threats. Armed forces must ensure we meet those challenges. These are not country specific but in the nation’s interest,” he said further, talking about the armed forces role.

“All three forces are ready to face any challenge,” he reiterated, in the wake of doubts over the armed forces’ preparedness.

The Army Chief also noted that “a country’s progress depends on whether its armed forces are capable of defending the nation”.

“To increase the capacity of armed forces is not necessarily aimed at any specific nation,” gen Singh said, adding “we need to modernise ourselves and get out of old”.



First Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 09:15

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