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SP SIngh


Vinayak Gadgil arrived early at the Guwahati Railway Station. He was disappointed that the train to Tinsukia, the farthest town in Assam, was running an hour late.  To kill boredom he picked up ‘The Rainmaker’ of John Grisham and plonked himself in the waiting room. He had developed the habit of reaching a place early during the training days in the Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) at Chennai to avoid the extra duties, the punishment he hated the most. How and why he joined the army when he wasn’t interested in a career in the uniform? He had his story. His grandfather, a colonel, had served both in the British and later in the Indian Army, and had fought wars with Pakistan. His father, a major, had died on the icy heights of the Siachen Glacier, foiling the enemy’s attempt to capture the post of Bila fondla on the Soltoro Ranges.…