Singh, a former Army chief, attended the event, where several Kashmiri separatist leaders including Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Yaseen Malik were also present. Barely two hours after attending the Pakistan National Day reception as the Indian government’s representative, Minister of State (External Affairs) Gen V K Singh (retd) posted a series of cryptic tweets on Monday defining “duty” and “disgust”.
Singh, who had been in the party for just a few minutes, didn’t appear comfortable while sitting next to Pakistani high commissioner Basit Ali. Singh posted his first tweet at 10.01 pm: “DUTY A task or action that a person is bound to perform for moral or legal reasons.” This was followed by two more tweets on similar lines: “DUTY The force that binds one morally or legally to one’s obligations” and “DUTY A job or service allocated.” And then, there were two tweets tagged DISGUST. At 10.04 pm, he posted: “DISGUST To sicken or fill with loathing” and “DISGUST To offend the moral sense, principles, or taste of”.