After Manohar Parrikar resigned from the post of defence ministry, the post was reassigned to Mr Arun Jaitley who is currently holding post of finance minister and defence minister. But Manohar Parrikar’s exit has left a huge void in the defence ministry. In the 28 month period, Mr Parrikar brought in huge developments in defence. He was the first minister who implemented the OROP as promised by the Modi government.
Under him the defence ministry saw great improvement with soldiers getting bullet proof helmets, uniforms and modern weapons which were due for over a decade. He removed the nepotism and corruption in the defence sector which had become the routine practice for years.
Mr Parrikar was one of the best defence ministers India ever had. Now, the Modi government is looking for best possible candidates who can fill his shoe as the defence minister. There were many speculations that Devendra Fadnavis will be the next defence minister of India. However media has always failed to make any guesses about PM Modi’s moves as he keeps the cards close to his chest. But the most probable candidate for the defence ministry seems to be Gen V K Singh.
In a time when India is facing severe threats both from within and outside country, we need a person who understands the seriousness of the situation and reacts most cautiously. The problems India is facing is not just from outside but radical groups within India are trying very hard to mis guide youths and pull them into the clutches of terrorism. The JNU incident where many people chanted slogans against India raised serious security concerns. The same groups were supporting the separatists and terrorists in Jammu Kashmir. So we need someone who can handle these people with an iron fist.
Gen V K Singh has tremendous experience as an army man, he fought in the 1971 Indo-Pak war and also was part of IPKF operation where he was awarded the Yudh Seva Medal. He is also the recipient of Param Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal. He has served as the commander of victor force Rashtriya Rifles, Military operations directorate and Eastern Command. He is infact the first commander who became the Army General. He graduated from United States Army Infantry School, United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Defence Services Staff College. He got his leadership course from Rangers School, USA, which is considered to be one of the most toughest schools and demands high physical and mental strength.
In fact it is always good thing to give an army man the post of a defence minister. After all, who would know better about the defence sector than a soldier himself?!
For the past 60 years, the Congress always neglected the defence sector and brought it down to an extent that India had to worry from the most underdeveloped Nation Pakistan. The defence sector saw massive corruption during the Congress rule starting from Jeep scam, Bofors, Barak missile scam, Tatra trucks scam, Augusta westland scam. Gen V K Singh is known to have a very clean image and he was first general who initiated the Sukna Land scam while he was in power.
His working style also is commendable, one that cannot be forgotten is that during operation Raahat he personally managed the evacuation of all Indian nationals from Yemen. Even PM Modi was so moved with his dedication and hard work and congratulated him on his work. So there cannot be a better person than Gen V K Singh.