Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM and BAR, is one of India’s most decorated Military Officers. He retired in 2013 as the Military Secretary, after 40 years of service in the Indian Armed Forces. Prior to that, he had been specially posted to Srinagar to command the strategic 15 Corps to restore order when the three-year agitation in the streets went out of order. In his long career, he has served in Sri Lanka with the IPKF; in Punjab, during the heyday of militancy; in India’s North-eastern states, and in seven tenures of duty in Jammu & Kashmir. He also commanded his unit in Siachen Glacier.