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Arvinder Singh

Arvinder Singh

Arvinder Singh

What are your key interests and the genres you usually delve into as a freelance writer?

I have had a wide interest in writing in the fields of Defence Matters, Military History, Socio-Political and Economic Fields and have also have been conducting  interviews with successive  Governors of Uttarrakhand and leading personalities.

That is a pretty niche topic. Please throw some light on how you got interested in defence matters and the military.

I belong to an eminent military family, my  father was Late Lt Gen Mohindar Singh, AVSM. My grandfather also served in the British Indian Army and received the award of Order of British India. It is a natural progression that I write about defence matters.

We would love to know more about your published work and writings

I have written a  biography of the late Shri Morarji Desai, the former Prime Minister of India in 1994, which in the words of Nani Palkhivala is a volume which “was a significant national service on the life of a great Prime Minister.”
I have  also been writing on socio-political topics in various periodicals and magazines. I wrote a full length monograph on Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw that was published by the United Service Institution of India in 2003 as prescribed text for the DSSC exam of all three Defence Services. I am a regular contributor to the USI Journal and “Defence Watch” magazine. I wrote “Myths and Realities of Security and Public Affairs,” an anthology of my writings in 2011, which was released in New Delhi by Shri Soli J. Sorabjee former Attorney General of India and later in Dehra Dun by Shri Irwin Allan Sealy, Booker Prize Nominee.

What other forays have you made in the field of the written word?

Well I do regular reviews for Penguin Random House India and book reviews for Outlook magazine.

Do you feel there has been enough literary activity in Dehradun over the past decade?

Yes, but the more the merrier. I have personally been involved in organizing various programmes for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Dehradun Kendra and Doon Citizen Council in which leading personalities like Mr Nani Palkhivala, Sardar Surjit Singh Barnala, Dr Subramaniam Swamy and Sir Mark Tully participated.

Please tell us about your role in the upcoming Valley of Words International Literature and Arts Festival 2017.

I will be coordinating the sessions on military history and strategic affairs.We have an amazing line up of sessions coming up at the festival.


About the Interviewee:

Arvindar Singh is a Dehradun based writer and commentator on security matters, and has, among his many publications, a biography of Field Marshall Maneckshaw. He is an intrepid traveller and writer.