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Fort Williams boss wins the War of Generals in Indian Army

—India nominates Lt. General V.K Singh to replace General Deepak Kapoor as Indian Army Chief
—General Kapoor’s one year extension request turned down by government
—Kapoor-Singh war ends with dividing Indian Army top brass in 2 groups
—General Singh used military Intelligence to leak classified Kapoor documents to media, deprived him of his close aides through corruption charges
—MI Chief Lt. General Loomba helped Gen. Singh in countering Gen. Kapoor
—General Kapoor submitted to Singh, leaving him to lead a demoralized Army by admitting Force’s combat weaknesses
—Singh set to lead the divided Indian army, engulfed with corruption scams, sex scandals

From Christina Palmer

NEW DELHI—The almost year long “War of Generals” between the Army Chief of India General Deepak Kapoor and the Commander of the Eastern Command Lt. General Vijay Kumar Singh, also known as the Fort Williams boss, ended here on Friday with Indian government naming Gen. Singh to be the new Army Chief of India and he will replace general Kapoor by the end of March, yet this war left the Indian army top brass stood divided in two groups with the troops in a state of worst demoralization, reveal the findings of The Daily Mail.
59-year-old Singh will take over from Gen Deepak Kapoor on March 31 when he retires from service, defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said here. He will have around two-year tenure. The Defence Ministry issued the order appointing Singh for the top post after the Cabinet Committee on Appointments cleared his name .A third generation officer from the Rajput regiment, Singh is a graduate of the Wellington-based Defense Services Staff College as well as the Rangers Course at Fort Benning, USA and the US Army War College, Carlisle. He was commissioned into 2 Rajput Regiment in June 1970 and commanded the same unit when it was positioned along the Line of Control with Pakistan.
The Daily Mail’s findings indicate that the cold war that erupted amongst the two top Generals of Indian army started when General Deepak Kapoor, the Army Chief, bypassed the senior most General of the Indian Army at the time of the appointment of the Deputy Army Chief and instead appointed a rather junior General at the lucrative slot. After this the War of Generals began in the Indian army with both, General Kapoor and General Singh leaving no opportunity to down each other. As the war started getting heated from its cold status, General Singh finally managed to fix Kapoor when he, through the help of the Chiif of the military Intelligence Lt. General Loomba, found that Kapoor’s confidante Generals including Lt Gen. Avadhesh Prakash, Lt Gen. Ramesh Halgali and Maj. Gen. P. Sen and Lt Gen. P.K. Rath were involved a massive corruption scandal in the sale of military lands to a contractor in Bengal. The Daily Mail’s findings further indicate that upon this development, General Singh convened a high profile Court of Inquiry. This Court of Inquiry, presided over by Commander 4 Corps, based at Tezpur, Lt Gen. K.T. Parnaik, had forwarded its findings to Lt Gen. Singh. Based on the findings and on consultations with the Judge Advocate General (JAG) in his command, the Eastern army commander recommended the “termination of services” of Lt Gen. Prakash because of his alleged involvement in a land scam case. This situation paralyzed the entire military establishment as the scuffle between the 2 bigwigs of the Indian Army started rising day by day with Army Chief trying to show his muscles to Commander Eastern Command and resisting JAG branch’s recommendations while Commander Eastern Command sticking to the set rules and procedures.

General Deepak Kapoor,
outgoing Indian Army Chief
General V. K. Singh,
new Indian Army Chief

The Daily Mail’s finding further reveal that after getting a cold shoulder from Defence Minister Antony , the Indian Army Chief held detailed discussions with the Adjutant-General over the matter to decide the course of action, exploring more ways to save his top aides, specially Lt. General Prakash, seeking administrative action rather than disciplinary action while General Singh insisting on disciplinary action, meaning termination of services. These findings further indicate that this phase of the war was finally won by General Deepak Kapoor as he managed to get some relief for his aide Generals and succeed in converting disciplinary actions against them into administrative actions, contrary to the recommendations of general Singh and the JAG Branch.
The Daily Mail’s findings further indicate that in the meantime, both Generals started a lobbying amongst the military top brass to win maximum Corps Commanders, Principal staff Officers and Formation Commanders in their respective favours, an exercise which latterly divided the Indian army top bras into two groups with effects reaching to the lowest troop’s levels. The Daily Mail’s findings reveal that on the other side, both General Kapoor and General Singh were still looking for different ways and means to show muscles to each other. In this process, with crystal clear reservations and objection, General Deepak Kapoor in December 2009, finalized a new war vision, a new doctrine to fight a war with Pakistan and China on simultaneous fronts. Before announcing this war doctrine, both General showed the strength of top Generals on their respective sides and Kapoor won with a slight margin and forwarded the doctrine to the government, coupled with a request for a one year extension in his service tenure under the pretext that it was primary for him to command the army for at least one more year implement the new doctrine with all its comprehensions. Though this request was sent to the government with complete secrecy by General Kapoor, yet General Singh managed to get knowledge about it through MI Chief General Loomba. The Daily Mail’s findings indicate that upon this, General Loomba and General Singh organized another ploy to counter general Kapoor and thus the MI Chief embarked upon a secret visit to the Afghanistan, though with the notice Army Chief but with quoting totally different reasons for the visit. The sources at the Army Headquarters revealed to this scribe that after the return of MI Chief from Afghanistan trip, both Singh and Loomba met with certain political leaders secretly, including Defence Minister A K Antony, who was already at odds with general Deepak Kapoo and convinced them to get rid of Kapoor by not giving him any extension as vision about India’s military role in Afghanistan was almost zero while Loomba and Singh presented a new formula regarding Afghanistan to counter both China and Pakistan. However the sources regretted to the ability to divulge about the Singh-Loomba formula to tackle Pakistan and China through attaining a comprehensive military role in Afghanistan.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that on the other side, his confidantes in the other spy agency the Research and Analysis Wing ( R&AW) informed Kapoor about the Singh-Loomba nexus and also told him that government had decided
Not grant him any extension in his service tenure. Upon this, Deepak Kapoor decided to give a blow to General Singh, who was just next in line to replace him if he was not granted an extension and decided to give him a tough time to handle matters later on. With this theory, General Kapoor disclosed a top secret of the Indian army to the local and international media by making and outrageous admission that the Indian Army was not able to combat an armored and infantry battle in the night time. ‘My major concern is that night blindness of the army is removed so we are able to fight in the night as in the day,’ Kapoor said at New Delh , an admission that stunned the world in the back drop of his two weeks old remarks. The situation also forced Indian Defence Minister Antony to chew his own buts as he had been endorsing and projecting General Kapoor’s announcement regarding the new war doctrine for Pakistan and China   while it also shocked General VK Singh to the maximum as he was to lead the Army after Kapoor’s retirmen in a coupl of months’ time and this admission was a bombshell for him not only to keep the morale of his troops but to keep the image of the world’s 2nd largest army high.
When his attention was brought to the fact that the Indian Army’s tanks have a night vision capability of 20 percent, Pakistan’s have 80 percent while China has 100 percent, General Deepak Kapoor admitted this outrageous military debacle by saying: ‘You are right.’
‘Projects are already in the pipeline to ensure that we have the night vision capability that our adversaries have. It may take three-four years,’ Kapoor added, playing, perhaps the last card to give Gen. V K Singh a tough time for the rest of his career, without taking into consideration that such an admission would cause a big, big blow to the army that he served and commanded for years and would also be at par with compromising the national security.
The Daily Mail’s findings indicate that this outrageous admission by General Kapoor highly annoyed General Singh and he, in his yet another bid to cause humiliation to General Kapoor and to ensure that general Kapoor loses even an iota of doubts about getting any chance of an extension in the service. These findings indicate that at this stage, MI Chief general Loomba again helped General V K Singh and provided Singh with highly classified medical documents regarding the health status of General Kapoor that the MI people stole from Indian Army’s Research and Referral Hospital, relating to general Kapoor’s check-up at this medical facility of the Army in November 2009 but the results of the check-up were not reported to the concerned quarters. These medical reports suggested that General Kapoor was suffering from acute hearing problem and thus falls in the category of unfit officers which could have even resulted into a premature retirement but definitely leaving no chance of any extension in his service.
The Daily Mail’s findings indicate that General Singh once again used the service of MI Chief and released these highly classified documents, relating to the confidential health matters of India’s Army Chief to the press, just to settle his scores with General Kapoor and here he compromised the national security.
It is believed that the Friday’s announcement of the Indian government might have ended the War of Generals in the Indian Army as both now know their fate very clearly, yet this war has already done enough damage to the institution and who know that this war is over or will still go on till General Kapoor makes an exit from the Army’s Office and General Singh sits there by the end of March?

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