Harinder Singh

Gen. Harinder Singh as North Kivu brigade commander in 2012
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Army
Years of service1983–present
Rank
Lieutenant General
Service numberIC-41528
UnitMaratha Light Infantry
Commands heldCommandant Indian Military Academy
XIV Corps
Rashtriya Rifles
Awards
PVSM
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal
Yudh Seva Medal
Sena Medal

Lieutenant General Harinder Singh PVSM, AVSM, VSM, YSM, SM is a serving General Officer in the Indian Army. He is currently serving as commandant of Indian Military Academy, assumed office in October 2020 succeeding Lt Gen Jaiveer Singh Negi. Previously, he was the Commander of XIV Corps (also known as Fire and Fury Corps) from October 2019 to October 2020, succeeding Lt Gen Yogesh Kumar Joshi.[1][2][3]

Early life and education

He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy. He completed his graduation from Defence Services Staff College. Singh was a senior research fellow at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses in India and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.[4]

Career

Harinder Singh has held many important positions in the Indian Army. He has been the Director General of Military Intelligence (DGMI), Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) and Director General of Operational Logistics and Strategic Movement at the Integrated HQ of MoD (Army).[1] He is considered a Counter-insurgency expert.

North Kivu brigade commander Gen. Singh visits MONUSCO and FARDC deployment in Kibumba on the Goma - Rutshuru road to protect Goma from M23 rebels, on July 11, 2012
North Kivu brigade commander Gen. Singh visits MONUSCO and FARDC deployment in Kibumba on the Goma - Rutshuru road to protect Goma from M23 rebels, on July 11, 2012

Singh was commissioned into the Maratha Light Infantry in 1983. In October 2011, Singh headed a Rashtriya Rifles (RR) battalion in North Kashmir and had been a part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo, where he held the command of Nord Kivu Brigade.[4] Singh has also held a staff appointment with the United Nations Verification and Enforcement Mission Headquarters (United Nations Angola Verification Mission III and MONUA) in Angola.[5]

In October 2019, he was appointed as the Commander of Fire and Fury Corps.[1] He represented the Indian Army at the India-China border meet during ongoing 2020 China–India skirmishes.[6] In October 2020, he was appointed as the Commandant of the Indian Military Academy.

Writing

He had been a writer and has published several essays and papers. He has authored a book, titled 'Establishing India's Military Readiness Concerns and Strategy'.[4]

Publications[5]

Honours and decorations

During his career, he has been awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal in 2021, [7] Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2017[8] and Vishisht Seva Medal in 2016. He received the Yudh Seva Medal for Distinguished Service in 2005.[9] He is also a recipient of the Sena Medal.[10]

Param Vishisht Seva Medal Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Yudh Seva Medal Sena Medal Vishisht Seva Medal Special Service Medal
Siachen Glacier Medal Operation Vijay Medal Operation Parakram Medal Sainya Seva Medal
High Altitude Service Medal Videsh Seva Medal 50th Anniversary of Independence Medal 30 Years Long Service Medal
20 Years Long Service Medal 9 Years Long Service Medal UNAVEM III Medal United Nations Medal

Dates of rank

Insignia Rank Component Date of rank
Second Lieutenant Indian Army 17 December 1983
Lieutenant Indian Army 17 December 1985
Captain Indian Army 17 December 1988[11]
Major Indian Army 17 December 1994[12]
Lieutenant-Colonel Indian Army 16 December 2004[13]
Colonel Indian Army 15 March 2006[14]
Brigadier Indian Army 1 April 2011 (substantive, with seniority from 5 September 2009)[15]
Major General Indian Army 1 June 2016 (substantive, with seniority from 13 January 2013)[16]
Lieutenant-General Indian Army 1 October 2018[17]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Lt Gen Harinder Singh assumes command of Fire & Fury Corps". Tribune India. October 10, 2019.
  2. ^ Manral, Karan (June 6, 2020). "Ladakh Standoff: Meet Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, Who Will Represent India at Today's Talks With China". India.com.
  3. ^ "Lt Gen Harinder Singh visits Eastern Ladakh, reviews operational preparedness". ANI News. October 1, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "General Harinder Singh becomes the new Commander of Nord Kivu Brigade". Monusco.unmissions.org. United Nations. October 6, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Colonel Harinder Singh, YSM, SM". "The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses". Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Meet the officer representing the Indian Army at the India-China border meet". The Economic Times. June 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "President Shri Ram Nath Kovind approves 455 Gallantry & other defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel on Republic Day". pib.gov.in.
  8. ^ "398 Republic Day Gallantry and other Defence Decorations Announced". "Bharat-rakshak.com". January 26, 2017.
  9. ^ "LIST OF PERSONNEL BEING AWARDED GALLANTRY / DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS ON THE OCCASION OF REPUBLIC DAY 2016". "Indianarmy.nic.in".
  10. ^ Sahu, Dakshi. "गलवान घाटी में चीनी फौज को करारा जवाब देने वाले ये हैं छत्तीसगढ़ के ले. जनरल हरिंदर सिंह" (in Hindi). Patrika.
  11. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 16 September 1989. p. 1398.
  12. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 15 April 1995. p. 569.
  13. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 15 October 2005. p. 1898.
  14. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 20 December 2008. p. 2181.
  15. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 22 April 2014. p. 433.
  16. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 8 April 2017. p. 351.
  17. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 24 October 2020. p. 1670.
Military offices Preceded byYogesh Kumar Joshi General Officer Commanding XIV Corps October 2019 - Incumbent Succeeded byPGK Menon