Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, 57, is a thorough professional and epitomises the classic image of an officer and a gentleman.
Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lieutenant-General Ranbir Singh prokerala
Recently, while announcing the Indian Army’s surgical strikes against terrorists and their handlers in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, he displayed his brilliance as a great strategist.
In the operation he undertook, he neither faced defeat nor did he made the enemy get aware of his moves. A highly decorated soldier, he possesses all the qualities that one would expect in a successful military leader.
On September 29, India carried out ‘surgical strikes’ on terror launch pads across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists and those who are trying to support them.
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The announcement by the DGMO came soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that attackers on an Indian army camp in Uri in Kashmir will not go “unpunished” and that the sacrifice of 19 jawans will not go in vain.
“Based on very credible and specific information which we received yesterday that some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along the Line of Control with an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes in Jammu & Kashmir and in various other metros in our country, the Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launch pads,” Lt. Gen. Singh told reporters during which external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup was also present.
The strikes were carried out across the LoC.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh has served as a colonel and brigadier in the directorate general of military operations, the nerve centre of military policy, planning and conduct of operations. He commanded 33 Armoured Division at Hisar in 2012.
He passed out of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, on December 13, 1980, and was commissioned in 9 Dogra, which he went on to command.
The general belongs to Jalandhar and is an alumnus of Sainik School, Kapurthala. His family belongs to Ambala Jattan village near Garhdiwala in Hoshiarpur district but is now settled in Jalandhar. His grandfather was a school teacher in Pakistan’s Lyalpur.
After his father’s death at an early age, he was brought up by his uncle, Colonel Manmohan Singh (retd). According to him, the general was always a topper be it at school or in military courses.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh has graduated from the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington before taking command of his battalion, 9 Dogra. Lt Gen Ranbir Singh has served with UN missions in Angola and Rwanda.
He has also served on the Faculty of Studies at the Army War College, Mhow, after doing the higher command course.
Given his special planning acumen and military expertise, the Army has broken tradition to ensure that he remains Director-General of Military Operations (DGMO), despite being approved to command a Corps level formation.
Reports suggest that the special case for Lt Gen Ranbir was cleared by the top Indian leadership.