First Lt Gen­eral Hanut Singh Memo­rial Lec­ture held in New Delhi


Lt Gen­eral Hanut Singh Memo­rial Lec­ture was held at Kothari Au­di­to­rium, DRDO Bhawan in New Delhi, on May 9, 2016. The Gen­eral passed away last year on April 11, 2015, and as a trib­ute this memo­rial lec­ture was held for the first time. It was or­ga­nized by the Cen­tre for Joint War­fare Stud­ies. De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar was the chief guest on the oc­ca­sion.

Lt Gen­eral Hanut Singh pop­u­larly known as ‘the Doyen of Mech­a­nised War­fare in In­dia’ and ‘Sol­dier Saint’ was an ar­che­typal In­dian war­rior in the clas­si­cal, heroic mould of In­dian his­tory. He is bet­ter known for his hero­ics in epic tank bat­tle at Bas­an­tar dur­ing 1971 Indo-Pak war dur­ing which al­most 50 Pak­istani tanks were de­stroyed as against loss of only 13 tanks of Poona Horse of In­dian Army. The Pak­ista­nis them­selves called Poona Horse ‘Fakhr-e-Hind’ (the Pride of In­dia), a com­pli­ment from the van­quished enemy.

De­fence Min­is­ter dur­ing his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress stated that mil­i­tary lead­ers of the stature of Lt Gen­eral Hanut Singh are re­mem­bered for the lead­er­ship that they pro­vide dur­ing im­por­tant bat­tles. He was a charis­matic and clear think­ing Gen­eral who ex­hib­ited sound lead­er­ship qual­i­ties and out-of-the-box think­ing which should be em­u­lated by young sol­diers and fu­ture gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers.

Lt Gen­eral A.K. Singh (Retd), Lt Gover­nor, An­daman & Ni­co­bar Is­lands, de­liv­ered the memo­rial lec­ture on ‘Lead­er­ship in the Fu­ture Net­worked Bat­tle­field’. He high­lighted the chal­lenges for higher mil­i­tary lead­er­ship in 21st cen­tury and sug­gested ways to over­come them, sug­gest­ing a road map for fu­ture. Lt Gen­eral Ajay Singh (Retd), for­mer Gover­nor of As­sam, also de­liv­ered a lec­ture on ‘Gen­eral Hanut Singh – the Doyen of Mech­a­nised War­fare in In­dia’. He high­lighted his lead­er­ship at­tributes through bat­tle ac­counts in Bat­tle of Bas­an­tar dur­ing 1971 op­er­a­tions. A short film on life and times of Lt Gen­eral Hanut Singh was also screened.

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