Gen Singh has enclosed voluminous documents and records with the petition in support of his stand that his year of birth was 1951. However, he has said that in an application dated 29.7.1965 for admission to National Defence Academy (NDA) course he had, as a 14-year school boy, inadvertently filled his date of birth as 10.5.1950. - What is wrong to accept his version ?
Whatever it may be, it is not good for the post he is holding to say at this eleventh hour.
He can quit the post and contest for only to have pension benefits rather than to fight as Chief of the Army.
He may be correct and may have ample proof also, but the time he has choosen to fight is not justifiable.
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The request for change of date of birth towards the retirement time is made by a few wishing to cling on to the post with less work and good emoluments. The General should have got it corrected at the time of his confirmation in post or at least when he became a field officer. A person of his calibre and position should not have created this awkward situation is what I feel.