Express Interview: ‘Chinese respect strength, once they see that you are not a pushover, then they do not go beyond a point’, says Lt Gen GS Sangha

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina

Updated: August 9, 2020 1:27:52 pm

Lt Gen GS Sangha, Retired Chief of Staff Western Command

Lt Gen GS Sangha retired as the Chief of Staff Western Command on July 31. A fourth generation soldier, he tells Man Aman Singh Chhina the experiences he has had in his career ranging from counter insurgency operations, taking on the Chinese as GOC of a Division and Corps Commander and leading the fight against Covid pandemic. Excerpts from an interview

You have commanded an Rashtriya Rifles (RR) Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir followed by a Brigade and were BGS (Operations) in 15 Corps HQs in Srinagar. What sort of experiences did you have in those tenures and what is your appreciation of the ground situation?

I commanded a battalion in Pattan in the Valley from end of 2002 to mid-2005. I had had Counter Insurgency (CI) experience earlier as I had been deployed in Nagaland and also some limited CI operations in Punjab militancy in early 1990s. My Rashtriya Rifles battalion had under its area of operation a 22-km stretch of highway, which led to Uri and beyond. The neighbouring RR battalion was being commanded by the now Army Chief, Gen MM Naravane. When I saw his welcome DO letter to me, I noticed that it had five unit citations given by the COAS, Army Commander and…

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