Born on 15 August 1948, Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah is an alumnus of St JosephÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs College, Nainital, the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy. He spent 40 years in the Army. The author participated in the operations at Longewala (Jaisalmer sector) in the 1971 war for liberation of Bangladesh. He has participated in counter-insurgency operations in North East India and Punjab as well as Operation Parakram'. He also led the Army Division that quelled the 2002 Gujarat riots. He retired as Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P&S) in 2008. He later served at the Armed Forces Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi. He quit that to become Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University from 2012ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ2017 He also served as Defence Attache in Saudi Arabia from 1994ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ1997. The author is a recipient of Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), Sena Medal (SM) and Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM for distinguished service to the country.