LT GEN BIPIN RAWAT NEW CHIEF OF INDIAN ARMY

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Indian Army Appointed Lt Gen Bipin Rawat As A Chief

This is a news which is related to our defence system which describes the strength of our country. LT. Gen. Bipin Rawat is going to take his position as chief of Indian army. After 1983 this is the first time in Indian army’s history that the senior most officer has not been appointed as army chief. This is the first time after 1983 when Lt Gen S K Sinha was overlooked for the post in favour of Gen A S Vaidya. This time LT. Gen Bipin Rawat has superseded two senior-most Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and P M Hariz. The government has also announced that Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa would take over as the Chief of the Air Force, replacing Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha who retires at the end of the year.

LT. Gen Bipin Rawat Commissioned in the Army in December 1978. Gen Bipin Rawat Commissioned in the Army in December 1978. Lt Gen Rawat commanded an Infantry battalion along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Sector, a 5 Sector Rashtriya Rifles, and 19 Infantry Division in the Kashmir Valley. Lt. Gen Bipin Rawat is going to replace current General Dalbir Singh and Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa will take over from IAF chief Arup Raha. Lt Gen Rawat, an infantry soldier, superseded senior most commander of Army Lt Gen. Praveen Bakshi, who leaded the Eastern Command and was next in line to be the army chief, besides Southern Command Chief PM Hariz.

Recently with unparalleled delay in the announcements, military circles have been rife with speculation of a change in the line of succession. It is customary to announce the names 2-3 months in advance. Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, who is presently Vice Chief of Army Staff, will take over as the 26th Chief after Gen Dalbir Singh retires on 31st December. Lt Gen Rawat is an Infantry officer, having been commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles. Ahead of this Saturday’s announcement, the government had diverged from another usual exercise that of stating the incoming Army Chief at least 60 days in proceed. The delay led to intense speculation that the government may overlook the principle of seniority in making its choice.

So this is going to be a new change in India army and its history that the senior most officer has not been appointed as army chief. As we can see that the government is also making changes in its defence system and hence we can say that the government is more concerned about the defence system of country.

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