Saturday, January 21, 2012

GEN VK SINGH IS AS MUCH A BENEFICIARY OF GEN JJ SINGH’S SUCCESSION PLAN AS GEN BIKRAM SINGH MAY BE

ASSUMING there was a succession plan designed by Gen JJ Singh - Gen VK Singh and Gen Bikram Singh seem to be two parts of the same succession plan.
Had any other officer become the Chief instead of Gen VK Singh – Gen Bikram’s chances would have been zilch.
In Gen JJ’s plan, Gen VK Singh was the most critical element – Gen VK Singh (with 1950) had to be the chief to ensure that Gen BiKram Singh takes over in 2012.
It is only with Gen VK agreeing to 1950 as his DOB that Gen Bikram Singh could be considered for the post of chief-

Reasoning:
If Gen VK Singh had raised the issue of discrepancy in his DOB in 2006 or 2010 then his chances of becoming the Chief could have been jeopardized.
If Gen VK Singh would not have become the chief then the officer next in line (with date of birth Nov 1950) would have become the COAS and he would have retired in NOV 2012. This would have killed all chances of Gen Bikram Singh becoming the chief (who is due to retire in July 2012)