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General Bipin Rawat

  • 15 Feb 2024
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Source: PIB

Recently, the Minister of Defence of India unveiled a life-size statue of the late General Bipin Rawat (1958-2021), the country's first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), at TonsBridge School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

  • Bipin Rawat was born in Pauri, Uttarakhand on 16th March 1958. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Indian Military Academy (IMA).
  • Military Career Highlights:
    • Served in various capacities including General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-C) Southern Command, and General Staff Officer Grade 2 at the Military Operations Directorate.
    • Commanded a multinational brigade in the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force.
    • Became Vice-Chief of Army Staff before assuming the role of Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
  • Key Achievements:
    • Played a significant role in reducing militancy in the Northeast.
    • Instrumental in planning the 2016 surgical strikes across the Line of Control into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which was a response to terrorist activities.
  • Decorations and Awards:
    • During his service, he was decorated with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, and Sena Medal.

Read more: Role of the Chief of Defence Staff, Theaterisation-of-Armed-Forces

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