The Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt. Gen Ranbir Singh is the face of the surgical strikes carried out by Indian army against terrorist camps across the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday night.
Gen Singh was specially chosen for the task due to his military shrewdness. Singh caught the nation on 18 September after Pakistani terrorists attacked the Uri army camp, killing 18 soldiers. He addressed the country and reassured of action. Then on Thursday he made an appearance at the ministry of external affairs when he broke the news that India had carried out surgical strikes killing terrorists across the LoC.
Brought up by his uncle, Colonel Manmohan Singh (retd), after his father’s death at an early age, he excelled in academics throughout. The family belongs to Ambala Jattan village near Garhdiwala in Hoshiarpur district but is now settled in Jalandhar.
He is an alumnus of Sainik School, Kapurthala. He passed out of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, on December 13, 1980, and was commissioned in 9 Dogra, which he went on to command.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, who served with UN missions in Angola and Rwanda, graduated from the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington before taking command of his battalion, 9 Dogra. After commanding a brigade, he did a year-long course at the Royal College of Defence Studies in the UK.He has also served on the Faculty of Studies at the Army War College, Mhow, after doing the higher command course.
He has served as a colonel and brigadier in the directorate general of military operations, the nerve centre of military policy, planning and conduct of operations.