On being asked if he was sad or angry over the turn of events in the age row controversy, he replied, “I want to look at it as something that could have been avoided."
Singh was in God’s own country, Kerala on a two-day visit to attend the release of a book called ‘North-East Trilogy’, written by Dipti Bhalla and Kunal Verma. The book was released by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
Responding to another question, Singh said that corruption had always been a major issue and people were fighting corruption everywhere. He added, “Our thrust is in transparency and probity and to ensure middlemen's wrong practices are checked. Defects in purchases ... the Army takes action and we ensure it is corrected. Changes in the entire system are required.”
The Army Chief’s trip to Kerala also saw him visiting the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple and the nearby Ganapathy temple in Thiruvananthapuram.