Speaker's Profile

Gen JJ Singh
Former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, former Chief of Army Staff

Gen JJ Singh is a national leader who has contributed to nation building for over 48 years. He has had the distinction of holding the post of the Chief of Army Staff and the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.

He also has vast experience as a distinguished public speaker lending strategic perspective on security issues, foreign policy and geopolitical relations. He has insight and vision for India’s strategic defence relations, indigenisation of the defence industry and modernisation of Defence Forces.

The General commanded with distinction, the second largest Army of the world from 31 Jan 2005 - 30 Sept 2007. During his tenure as Chief of Army Staff, General JJ Singh refined operational planning by co-opting the battle winning role of revolution in military affairs and provided focussed direction based on the ‘Doctrine of the Indian Army’ having earlier been its architect. He has handled an army of 1.2 million soldiers and managed defence assets of many billion rupees as the Army Chief. He also holds a Master’s degree in Defence Science.

The General served as Governor of the State of Arunachal Pradesh from 2008-2013 and took great interest in the implementation of the Prime Minister’s development plans related to road, rail, air connectivity and power.

His autobiography ‘A Soldiers General’ was published in 2012 by Harper Collins, India. The book is a best-seller in English and has been translated into Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi and Bengali.