Mr. Todd Embers, a native of Andhra Pradesh, India, who has described himself as an Anglo-Indian, apparently a relative of Lieutenant General V V S Pratap Rao who had served as the Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services of Indian Army has commented that my statements about General Rao are completely erroneous. He has further observed that I am making my statements with a malicious intent to malign the reputation of General Rao. He had concluded that I have the problem called ‘ego’, and that I am self-centered. Kindly read his comments at my Homepage.
I fully agree with Mr. Todd Embers that this perception that views me as a person of ‘ego’ has contributed in a very significant manner and may have contributed to the hostility and animosity displayed by General Rao in his official conduct as the Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services. I would like to submit to my readers that I had joined Indian Army while I was a student at Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool with a simple desire to serve the Nation and to defend its territorial integrity. Over the last 25 years, I have gone through a rigorous self-examination leading a life of utter simplicity and humility and have not discovered the problem called ‘ego’. I speak about the actions of General Rao as he has misused and abused his power to undermine my ability to serve in Indian Army with a sense of Pride and Honor. He had an equal duty, and responsibility to serve the cause of the Nation and he had failed in the discharge of his duties. I have come to this opinion based upon my objective analysis of his actions. I never had any subjective experience of his behavior or conduct and I do not really know him as a person. His actions which were basically unethical and which constitute illegal harassment of a junior Medical Officer are as follows:
1. He had illegally interfered and contacted a Defence Service Civilian Staff Officer at Medical Directorate(DMS/Army) to post me as a Medical Officer to a Medical Battalion located in AIZAWL, Mizoram State, India during 1982.
2. When the above posting order was duly challenged, General Rao spoke to Lieutenant General Banerjee, the Director of Medical Services(Army) and had instructed him to post me to a different establishment located at AIZAWL, Mizoram State, India without allowing the DMS(Army) to exercise his discretionary powers while posting Medical Officers to their assigned posts. General Rao, the DGAFMS has no direct jurisdiction over matters that pertain to postings of Medical Officers and the Office of the DGAFMS is only involved in matters that pertain to training and the training policy in respect of AMC Officers.
3. When I had applied to resign my Permanent Regular Commission in Army Medical Corps, General Rao had repeatedly told lies to Lieutenant Colonel S B Ghosh AMC, Radilogist, Military Hospital, Secunderabad who had directly asked him to verify his decision in the matter of my resignation application. Based upon the false assurance given by General Rao that my letter of resignation was recommended, I had contacted several Senior Officers and had obtained testimonials from them. The photo images of those testimonials are shared in this blog post.
4. In the remarks he had written and forwarded to the Union Minister of State for Defence, General Rao had failed to provide information to the Government of India that would best serve the interests of the Nation. I had obtained a personal interview with Shri. Kamakhya Prasad Singh Deo, the Union Minister of State for Defence at his office in South Block on September 18, 1983. The Minister was not briefed about my meritorious service during 1971 War and was not informed that I was the recipient of the DGAFMS Medal in 1976. The Minister spoke to me and at the end of the interview granted my request to resign my Permanent Regular Commission as the DGAFMS had not supported his own recommendation to reject my request with objective evidence about my performance as an Officer in Army Medical Corps.
5. Prior to my personal interview with the Union Minister of State for Defence, Government of India during August 1983, had asked the DGAFMS to review the AMC Training Policy and had specifically directed the DGAFMS to provide opportunities like Study Leave, and to undergo Advanced Specialist Training to Medical Officers who have completed ten years of Service. The DGAFMS did not disclose this decision made by Government of India to the Director of Medical Services(Army) and other Units of Indian Army, and to Medical Officers like me who had actively opposed the AMC Training Policy that placed restrictions upon opportunities that were available to Medical Officers who had completed ten years of service.
6. The evidence to support my statements about the actions and conduct of General Rao are available in our official documents and correspondence that is archived at Medical Personnel Records Section(Officers), Office of the DGAFMS, Ministry of Defence, New Delhi – 110 011.
Under instructions from the Director of Medical Services(ARMY), I had prepared a second application at Central Ordnance Depot, Delhi and took it to South Block and Brigadier J Verghese signed it while standing over the front steps of the Secretariat Building. There is no AOC Centre Office Stamp under his signature. Myself and Commandant Brigadier Verghese were not present in Secunderabad on 17 September, 1983. After he had signed, the application was directly delivered to the Office of DMS(Army). The Medical Services Director knew that I was present in New Delhi and that the Defence Minister had already granted me a personal interview to privately discuss my application to resign my Permanent Regular Commission.
I met Union Minister of State for Defence in New Delhi on 18 September 1983 and got my Letter of Resignation approved. However, he had kept that file in his office until General Pratap Rao had retired from Service. General Pratap Rao had retired and left for Muscat, Sultanate of Oman and he was confident that Government of India would not agree to my request to relinquish my Permanent Commission. General Rao was in fact surprised to find me in Muscat, Oman when my friend went to his residence to meet him. General Rao told my friend that Government of India should have rejected my letter of resignation. It amazes me that General Rao had lied about his actions in this matter of my resignation from Service. He was the Top Boss of Armed Forces Medical Services and I would expect that the General should have Courage and if he was truly convinced with his decision, he should be truthful in all of his actions and utterances.
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Ex – Number MS-8466 Rank Lieutenant/Captain AMC/SSC;
Ex- Number MR-03277K Rank Captain/Major AMC/DPC
Senior Regimental Medical Officer,
Army Ordnance Corps Centre, Trimulgherry, Secunderabad, A.P., India.