Book review: A Soldier's General
A Soldier's General: The Autobiography
General J.J. Singh
Joginder Jaswant Singh, India's first Sikh army chief -- and the first from the elite Maratha Light Infantry Regiment to reach the rank, was only 15 when he joined the National Defence Academy.
The journey since then has been hard work for he was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. His grandfather was a sepoy and his father was a colonel in the Indian army. General J.J. Singh gave his 100 per cent and he got more than his fair share of operational assignments. During his 47-year stint in the army, he commanded two infantry battalions, and was closely associated with the planning and execution of the Kargil war at the army headquarters. As brigade commander in Kashmir in 1991-93, Singh followed an innovative strategy of addressing people in villages and explaining to them how militants were leading them astray. He puts down his life and work in his memoirs for posterity.