S.K. Sinha

S.K. Sinha

S.K. Sinha

Demographic aggression

Sparks from Assam started dangerous fires in Mumbai and some other places last week. Mercifully, these did not last long. But they have the potential to start a gigantic fire engulfing the entire nation. This is a chilling reminder of the Partition holocaust, one of the greatest human tragedies in history.

‘Stateless’ remedy to illegal problem

The ethnic-cum-communal violence in Kokrajhar, resulting in 100 people brutally killed and four lakh rendered homeless, has been a great humanitarian tragedy. The root cause for this mayhem is the changing demographic profile of the region. Ethnic violence of greater dimension took place in Assam during the 1983 Nellie massacre when over 2,000 Bangladeshis were killed in one night, but far fewer rendered homeless.

India’s tryst with No. 13

The 12th presidency had been in the news for all the wrong reasons, undermining the dignity of the highest office of the nation. The run-up to the 13th presidency did not add lustre to our democracy either. The candidate, reluctantly forced on the ruling party, emerged in the wake of political shenanigans never seen before.

J&K: New Compact goes nowhere

The three eminent interlocutors for Kashmir, Dileep Padgaonkar, Radha Kumar and M.M. Ansari, went about carrying their complex task with great diligence, touring 22 districts of Jammu and Kashmir, meeting 700 delegates and addressing three mass meetings attended by thousands of people.

Ethics, ethos and the new Chief

Lt. Gen. Bikram Singh takes over as the new Chief of the Indian Army on May 31, 2012, succeeding Gen. V.K. Singh. Both these officers were commissioned almost three decades after me in the Army.

Countering threats head on

Terrorists are the biggest threat to civilised society. They have no concern for human rights, but modern governments combating them are inhibited on that account.

The Siachen tangle

As an old soldier who served at high altitudes for years, having seen closely how devastating avalanches can be, I fully sympathise with the families of the unfortunate 138 Pakistani soldiers who perished in the recent avalanche in Siachen. Human beings are helpless against such natural disasters. I am sure that Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the taciturn Army Chief of Pakistan, must have felt overwhelmed during his visit to Siachen. For the first time he spoke the language of peace. This is welcome, but we should not get carried away by the mere expression of desire. Pious intentions mean little unless matched by concrete and credible proposals.

Unquiet home front?

The national crisis in the wake of the avoidable Army Chief’s year of birth controversy, followed by confrontation between him and the ministry of defence in the Supreme Court, and subsequent events,

Sleeping tiger, crouching dragon

India and China are the two most populous countries with the two most ancient civilisations of the world. They share a common border in the Himalayas.

No winner, losers all

Hopefully, the Supreme Court verdict on the Army Chief’s date of birth ends an avoidable and unfortunate controversy that raged for nearly a year. The apex court has provided sugar-coated bitter pills for all stakeholders to swallow, with or without water. Depending on how one views it, the verdict is a “win-win” or “lose-lose” situation for all.
Gen. V.K. Singh is a man of integrity and honour. No one has questioned this, although he felt his honour and dignity were at stake. There is irrefutable evidence to support his claim about his age. Yet he became a victim of circumstances, some of his own making and some of others’. He failed to get the mistake in this regard rectified in time.

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