|Publisher:||Aleph Book Company|
|No. of Pages:||396|
About the Book :
General VK Singh served in the Indian Army for forty-two years, retiring as Chief of Army Staff on 31 May 2012. His distinguished career saw him on the front lines of combat—in the Indo-Pak War of 1971 which led to the creation of Bangladesh, and in Sri Lanka as part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force. Considered one of the world’s 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 Maoists.
Trained at the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy, VK Singh served in regions (and in roles) crucial to India’s security. From his early days as company commander on the Line of Control in Poonch, to commanding elite formations—Victor 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 Singh’s 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 convictions.
Interesting Facts :
About the Author :
A third-generation army officer, General VK Singh served with both the 2nd and 25th 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 Bearers on the NDA and a documentary on the Kargil War. He has also authored The Long Road to Siachen: The Question Why and the Northeast Trilogy.
Recived the book on time. Read half of it. Rightly titled " ourage and Conviction" by the General. Hats off to him.
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 Ã¢ÂÂ yes, I found Ã¢ÂÂCourage and ConvictionÃ¢ÂÂ immensely readable and I would say that this book has seamless Ã¢ÂÂPage Turning Quality (PTQ)Ã¢ÂÂ. Ã¢ÂÂCourage and ConvictionÃ¢ÂÂ 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 Ã¢ÂÂbreaking newsÃ¢ÂÂ you may be disappointed, for though the book does delve briefly on various controversial topics like Ã¢ÂÂline of successionÃ¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂage controversyÃ¢ÂÂ and various Ã¢ÂÂscamsÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂscandalsÃ¢ÂÂ, there are no Ã¢ÂÂastonishing revelationsÃ¢ÂÂ 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 Ã¢ÂÂmust readÃ¢ÂÂ 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 Ã¢ÂÂ 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. 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 Ã¢ÂÂmust readÃ¢ÂÂ 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 Ã¢ÂÂ it is a valuable addition to my bookcase.
A true soldier can not express himself better than General VK Singh in his book. The title of the book is suitably chosen. Salute to the soldier who has always been forthright and stood for a cause. The defence forces have to stand together firmly to break the corrupt world created by bureaucrats. All Officers of Indian Armed Forces must read this book to learn how to become a true officer. Jai Hind General.