PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS : United Nations Peacekeeping Missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of South Sudan

 By Maj Gen Gajinder Singh
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Maj Gen Gajinder Singh was commissioned into the Garhwal Rifles on 8 June 1985. The officer has served in all operational sectors of India in various capacities. He has commanded his battalion in a high-altitude area along Indo-China border, an Assam Rifles Sector engaged in counter insurgency operations in North Eastern India and a Mountain Division responsible for guarding the Line of Actual Control. For his distinguished services he has been awarded “Ati Vishisht Seva Medal” in 2019. He has vast experience in UN peacekeeping operations and has been a military observer in the United Nations Mission in Angola in 1997-98, Chief of Integrated Mission Training at United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea in 2003-2004 and Chief of Operations in the United Nations Mission in Sudan 2010-2011. The officer is a Master of Philosophy from the Indore as well as Punjab University. Currently, he is pursuing PhD in peace and conflict studies from the Jamia Millia University.