Meet India's New CDS: General Bipin Rawat

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief of Defence Staff by the government on Monday. With him being the CDS, smooth coordination among the army, air force and navy are expected to happen, as tri-services agencies on cyber and space came up during his tenure as the Army Chief. Importantly, some of the strongest military actions against Pakistan have taken place during his tenure, with stiff resistance being given to Chinese military aggression along the India-China bord.


General Bipin Rawat, is an alumnus of St. Edward School, Shimla, and the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. He was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978, from Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, where he was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’.


Under the leadership of Rawat, the Indian Army has taken some of the most stringent steps against Pakistan. It was under his tenure that the army provided stronger defences along the border with Pakistan when the Indian Air Force carried out the Balakot strikes in February. Besides Pakistan, he has also managed military affairs along the border with China, following the Doklam standoff that went on for over two months. He has also facilitated better relations between the armies of India and China.


However, his tenure has also been marred with controversies. Under his tenure, the army accepted the government’s decision to tax disability pension, generating anger among disabled veterans. It was under him that cantonment roads were opened to civilians, raising questions on security by the military fraternity. Earlier this year, Rawat also took a stand against homosexuality and adultery in the army, calling the force “conservative”.


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