India has lost one of its best security strategists. It is with great sadness that it has to be written that the country’s first CDS (Chief Of Defense Staff), General Bipin Rawat, is no longer with us. General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika, 11 army personnel, died in a helicopter crash on Wednesday. The incident occurred near the Coonoor area of Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu (State Of India). The people of the whole country are in shock due to this incident. The entire country is mourning the untimely departure of General Bipin Rawat, who stood fearlessly on every enemy’s challenge. His boldness and extraordinary achievements have formed the basis of the country’s trust in the army. Let us try to know a little more about the life of General Bipin Rawat.
General Bipin Rawat is one such name who is known for making tough and accurate decisions. He was the country’s first Chief of Defense Staff. Before coming to this post, he was the Chief of the Army Staff. While in this post, he had taken many important decisions for the country and brought them to an end. General Bipin Rawat stunned everyone with his 40-year dazzling career bravery. Everyone will remember this golden journey of his from getting the commission of the army to becoming the first CDS of the country. His fellow officers or the people of his village were all enamored of his talent and bravery.
General Bipin Rawat
General Bipin Rawat always kept the country first. He played an essential role in reducing insurgency in the Northeast. At the same time, he was never behind in eliminating the terrorists entering Pakistan. Taking many such decisions, he has established his bravery by performing essential operations for the sovereignty and integrity of the country.
In 2016, our Indian Army camp in Uri, Kashmir, was attacked by terrorists. At that time, many of our soldiers were martyred, then General Bipin Rawat made a plan to enter Pakistan and crush the terrorists. This operation was a complete success under his direction. It was a mission of which the entire nation felt proud. Along with this mission, the whole world also got a strong message of the changing attitude of India. The strategy with which our soldiers had entered Pakistan and killed the terrorists clearly shows that General Bipin Rawat was the most credible in making the strategy.
General Bipin Rawat was famous for fighting in rugged and mountainous areas. It is why, whether it was the inaccessible areas of the Northeast or the hilly areas of Kashmir, he could leave his mark everywhere. His efficiency has led him to the post of CDS. When he was appointed to the position of CDS, the army’s rules were changed that the retirement age would be 65, not 62.
Even though General Bipin Rawat was a strict officer in uniform, he had the image of a simple man. The army officers and jawans who worked with General Rawat consider him the real hero. A hero who lived his whole life for the country and gave his life for the country. Other officers working with him say that he was a competent officer, and on this basis, he was appointed to the post of Chief of Army Staff and CDS. He has also contributed a lot to the modernization of the army. His contribution in releasing the road map of Theater Command in the Army can never be forgotten.
Other officers also say that they have never seen an honest person like General Rawat in their life. Despite becoming the Chief of Army Staff and CDS, there was never any change in his behavior. He was an excellent planner as well as a friendly personality.
General Bipin Rawat was born on 16 March 1958 in Dehradun. His entire family has been the flag bearer of the military tradition. His grandfather Trilok Singh Rawat was also a Subedar in the British Army. Also, his father, Lieutenant General Laxman Singh Rawat, rose to the critical post of Deputy Army Chief. General Bipin Rawat was originally from Jawad Sauna Tok under Pauri district. Only the family of his close relatives lived in this Tok.
Due to the father Laxman Singh Rawat’s stay in the army, Bipin Rawat was educated in different country cities. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Bipin Rawat also dreamed of becoming an army officer. This dream of his took him to the Indian Military Academy. From here, he started his military life. He passed out from the Indian Military Academy in 1978 December. On 16 December, he joined the 5th Battalion of the 11 Gorkha Rifles as a second lieutenant. It was extraordinary because his father, Laxman Singh Rawat, was also posted in this regiment. On 17 December 2016, he was appointed as the Army Chief. Moving forward in this sequence, he then took over as the first CDS of the country on 1 January 2020.
Major works of General Bipin Rawat
It is not easy to describe the vital work that General Bipin Rawat has done for the country. But still, let us look at some of his important roles.
- Balakot Air Strike 2019: Played an important role in strategy making as the Chief of Army Staff.
- Surgical strike 2016- Conducted the plan as the Vice Chief of Army Staff to enter Pakistan to take the Revenge of Uri attack.
- Operation in Myanmar 2015: General Rawat successfully conducted the anti-terror operation. Also controlled the insurgency in the Northeast.
General Bipin Rawat received significant medals.
- The Param Vishisht Seva Medal
- Uttam Yudh Seva Medal
- Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
- Yudh Seva Medal
- Sena Medal
- Vishisht Seva Medal
In this way, after the death of this great warrior of the country, many other leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the country, have paid tribute to him by tweeting. According to reports, the dead bodies of General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and other army officers were also brought to Delhi. They will be given a final farewell next morning, i.e., 10 December 2021.
Gen Bipin Rawat was an outstanding soldier. A true patriot, he greatly contributed to modernising our armed forces and security apparatus. His insights and perspectives on strategic matters were exceptional. His passing away has saddened me deeply. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/YOuQvFT7Et— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 8, 2021
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