Of Sheep, Lions, Leadership And The Army

Recently General VK Singh visited Jaipur and interacted with the students of the Army school there. He told the students that an army of sheep led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a sheep. This is a classical statement concerning military leadership and General VK Singh certainly made a point.
Of Sheep, Lions, Leadership and the Army
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Recently General VK Singh visited Jaipur and interacted with the students of the Army school there. He told the students that an army of sheep led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a sheep. This is a classical statement concerning military leadership and General VK Singh certainly made a point.
The point concerns the leadership in the Indian army. It so happens that the officers up to the rank of Colonel are lions and after that they become sheep and in the bargain the army suffers. The promotion system is so weighted that an

officer who is a lion rarely goes up the hierarchy and thus he becomes a sheep and in the bargain, the army suffers. It's to the credit of VK Singh that with retirement just a few days away, he has tried to don the garb of a lion.
The new army chief Bikram Singh thus has an onerous responsibility. Having risen up the ladder the hard way, it is incumbent on him to be the lion and lead the army than a sheep who says yes sir, yes sir 3 bags full!.
The younger

officer crowd is unable to connect with the senior lot and that is a fact. General Bikram Singh has to play his cards adroitly. The army has hundreds of problems that need to be addressed. There is the question of parity with the civilians, the one rank one pension imbroglio, the Supreme Court decision on fixation of rank pay and tens of other issues. Lastly, the army morale must be kept high and generals who indulge in corruption need to be shown the door.
 General Bikram Singh has his hands full and it is imperative he acts as a lion and leads the army. Earlier cases have not been encouraging with men like General Thapar accepting orders from a joint secretary. If that continues, God saves the army.

Times have changed and we have anew Chief in General Rawat. What do I say about him? He is beholden to the government as he was made chief after superseding 2 senior generals. He is thus the proverbial general who only says three bags full. His recent actions point to that, which is sad.
 



Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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