Amid reports of alienation of the Northeast, there is some good news for the region — it has got its first Lieutenant General in the Army. Maj Gen Konsam Himalay Singh, who has been named for the rank of Lt Gen in the latest promotions list of the Army, hails from Charangpat in Thoubal district of Manipur.
“Since the glass ceiling of this rank has been broken, I am sure that our young officers from the entire Northeast will share the feeling that we can do this also,” Gen Singh told The Indian Express. He is an alumnus of the Sainik School in Goalpara, Assam, which celebrates its golden jubilee this year, and the National Defence Academy.
Although at least two IAF officers from the region have risen to three-star rank, Singh is the first from the Army to reach this rank. “Since the Army is the known face of the defence forces in this nation, the Northeast youth should feel that they can compete all the way to the top,” he said.
The top rank of Lt Gen in the Army is attained on the basis of selection.
Singh was commissioned into 2 Rajput (Kali Chindi) in 1978 and commanded the 27 Rajput when it was based in Siachen. A skilled Infantry soldier, he has served five tenures in Jammu and Kashmir. He has seen action in the Kargil battle, when he was commanding 27 Rajput, and has been awarded a Yudh Seva Medal for the operations.
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He was awarded the Ati Vishisht Sewa Medal in 2013.