CDS General Bipin Rawat’s unexpected demise leaves the Nation with a heavy heart and an irrecoverable loss
Today India has suffered a heavy loss due to the sudden demise of Gen Bi[pin Rawat, who was the chief of defense staff, the General had boarded an Air-Force’s MI-17V5 helicopter from the Air Force base in Sulur near Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore, there were four crew members, and ten passenger including other CDS, his wife Madhulika Rawat, the chopper was heading to Wellington in Udhagamandlam also known as Ooty where a Defense Service’s Staff College is located.
The chopper crashed shortly after it took off from the Air-Force base claiming the lives of 13 people also including Dr. Madhulika Rawat and CDS Bipin Rawat, who died at the age of 63.
Let’s have a look at Gen Rawat’s illustrious career in the Indian Army, allowing us to know this great son of India as depicted below :
Gen Rawat had a very illustrious career spanning over four decades in the Indian Army. He was the first Joint Chief of Tri-Services; as a CDS, he was a one-point advisor to the government on all matters relating to the military and integration of the three services.
He was the 27th Chief of Army staff in 2016 after superseding to senior officers; he, later on, rose to become CDS in the year 2019.
The reduction of militancy in northeast India is credited to Gen Bipin Rawat’s foresight. He was a part of planning for the 2016 surgical strike across the line of control into Pakistan-occupied Kamishir, and Gen Rawat was handling the developments from South Block in New Delhi.
Gen Rawat was an expert in high altitude warfare and had served under challenging terrains, which included the northern and eastern commands.
He served as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-C) southern command; he has commanded a company in URI in Jammu & Kashmir.
He commanded the fifth battalion eleven Gorkha Rifles along the Line of Actual Control at Kibithu in Arunachal Pradesh when he was a Colonel.
Later, when he was a brigadier, he commanded five sector of Rashtriya Rifles in Sopore in Kashmir. He also has commanded a multinational brigade in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was part of the United Nations Peace-Keeping Force, securing awards from the Force Commander’s Commendation twice.
General Bipin Rawat has been honored with lots of prestigious medals for his services during his tenure in the Indian Army, and they include the Param Vishist Seva Medal, Ati Vishist Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Vishist Seva Medal, and Sena Medal.