By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 27 Jun: Governor Lt Gen Gurmit Singh (Retd) launched a book, “The McMAHON LINE: A CENTURY OF DISCORD”, authored by General JJ Singh (Retd) at the Raj Bhavan, here, on Monday. General JJ Singh is former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and former Chief of Army Staff. This book is based on his experiences and research on the India-China border dispute while in the army.
On the occasion of the book release programme, the Governor said it is significant that General JJ Singh has written a book on a sensitive issue. The book has given emphasis on the politics, history, structure and geography of the McMahon Line area. The book has uncovered many interesting aspects that are still relevant to the ongoing negotiations on the diplomatic front. The book gives the message that the resolution of the border dispute at the highest political level is a practical and mutually beneficial option for India and China.
The Governor added that it is a very readable history of the origin of the boundary dispute. It assesses the present and future of India-China relations. Keeping in mind the India-China border dispute, it is very important to make military power more effective and dynamic.
The Governor further said that it is necessary to maintain the zeal and spirit of youth power in the Army. In this direction, the Agnipath scheme would infuse new hope, enhancing the Army’s youth power. The scheme would inspire the youth of Uttarakhand. Apart from the Defence and Home Ministries, many states have announced reservation for Agniveers.
The Governor said that the book would be liked by readers and show the way towards the resolution of the conflict.
General JJ Singh (Retd) revealed that the book is based on six years of study and research on the India-China border dispute. He explained the main aspects of this book in detail to those present. A short film related to the McMahon Line was also screened on the occasion. This is the second book written by him.
Present at the book release were Commandant, IMA, Lt General Harinder Singh, Lt General KK Khanna (Retd) and other dignitaries. The event was conducted by Urvashi Kaur.