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Know who inspires General Rawat to Join Indian Army before 41 years

9/12/2021 at 1:17 AM

New Delhi, Dec 8: Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat died in a helicopter crash near Coonoor in Tamilnadu on Wednesday , along with his wife Madhulika Rawat, and officers in his staff, including Brig L S Lidder, his senior-most staff officer.

The whole nation pours in heartfelt adieu to the commendable soldier who served the country for as long 41 years.

General Rawat’s long journey in Indian Military Service, beginning from the Eleventh Gorkha Rifles to the most gallantry post of the CDS  was an inspiration from his Military-loving family.

Born and brought up in a defence family, Rawat was fascinated towards the Military Services and it’s why he was maintaining his health and physique through sports, games, gym, mountaineering and touring on exploring trekking.  

As an alumnus of St Edward’s School, Shimla, and the National Defence Academy, Rawat excelled in his academic curricula. Subsequently, he studied at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; and Higher Command, National Defence College as a defence scholar. Later, he attended the Command and General Staff Course at Fort Leavenworth in the United States.

After completion of studies, Rawat was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978, after graduating from the Indian Military Academy(IMA) with a Sword of Honour, as the laurel  of his batch. This Battalion was coincidently headed by his father Lt Gen Laxman Singh Rawat, who later retired as the Deputy Chief of Army. Rout’s grandpa was also a meritorious personnel of Indian army.

During service in the Indian Army, Rawat went on to command an Infantry battalion along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Sector, a Rashtriya Rifles Sector, an Infantry Division in the Kashmir Valley and a Corps in the North-East. He headed the Western Command as a Lt General and was later appointed the Vice Army Chief. Meanwhile, as a senior officer, he commanded a Multinational Brigade in the Democratic Republic of Congo which exhibited the defence configurations of modern India worldwide.

As the Army’s 27th Chief, from December 31, 2016, to December 31, 2019, Rawat was known as the most dynamic officer who initiated studies to re-organise the Army and make it a leaner force, to make it fit for wars of the future. Another reform initiated by him was creation of Integrated Battle Groups, which are like bigger brigades, agile and self-sufficient in combat formations.

Belonging to a family of military officers and one of the most celebrated soldiers of his time, General Bipin Rawat took over as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) on January 1, 2020 – the first to chair the post that made him the country’s topmost defence staff.

As the CDS, Rawat ranked above the other four-star military officers heading the Navy, Air Force and Indian Army. He also headed the Department of Military Affairs in the Defence Ministry, making out responsibilities that were with the Department of Defence so far.He was also holding the office of the Principal Military Advisor to the Defence Minister on all  matters related to the forces and National security affairs.

The countrymen mourn over the untimely demise of General Rawat, the most commendable patriot of Mother India, who dedicated as many as 41  glorious years of his life, for the nation.

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