WELCOME TO GENERAL BIPIN RAWAT, NEW INDIAN ARMY CHIEF
On behalf of Special Frontier Force, I extend hearty welcome to General Bipin Rawat, new Indian Army Chief. Also delighted to welcome new Indian Air Chief, Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa.
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I AM THE NEW ARMY BOSS PREPARE FOR WAR
India must prepared for war, more surgical strikes against Pakistan possible’
Dynamics of terrorism is constantly changing; Army must think ahead in that direction
Two-front war is a real scenario, says General Bipin Rawat
- Lt Gen Bipin Rawat joined the Indian Army in December 1978.
- Rawat won the Sword of Honour when he graduated from the Indian Military Academy in 1978.
- He is second consecutive chief from the Gorkha Rifles.
Lt Gen Bipin Rawat has taken over as the head of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army, succeeding General Dalbir Singh Suhag. Rawat, whose appointment had kicked up a row, was designated as Army chief by the ruling NDA government ignoring protests from opposition including Congress.
Rawat, a Gurkha officer is the 27th Chief of the armed forces. He superseded two senior most Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and PM Hariz as the 26th Army Chief of India. Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa also took charge as the next Air Force Chief replacing Anup Raha.
Rawat, who learnt his art in Kashmir and the northeast, headed the Indian brigade during the UN peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008. Indian peacekeepers performed splendidly under his leadership. The general is credited with providing dynamic leadership under the UN banner. The Indian peacekeepers switched their approach from a velvet glove to an iron fist under his leadership.
Earlier in the day, outgoing Army Chief General Dalbir Singh and Air Force Chief Anup Raha paid tributes at Amar Jawan Jyoti in New Delhi’s India Gate and also inspected the guard of honour.
“I salute our martyrs who made supreme sacrifices in upholding honour of the nation,”Gen Dalbir Singh said while speaking to the media.
Good principle, “action must speak louder” is itself displaying his valour. Appreciate !ShashiKumar KB
He also thanked government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘their full support and giving free hand in conducting the operations’. He further thanked the government for ‘granting One Rank One Pension to armed forces’.
“Indian Army is fully prepared and well trained to tackle any challenges, be it external or internal. I strongly believe that actions must speak louder than words,” he said.
India must prepared for war, more surgical strikes against Pakistan possible’
Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat In a major statement, Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Tuesday said that further strikes against Pakistan can’t be ruled out.
“Further surgical strikes against Pakistan can’t be ruled out; the strikes were meant to send out message,” Army Chief Bipin Rawat said in a conversation with NDTV.
The statement by the new Army Chief comes two days after he said that the role of the force is to maintain peace and tranquillity at the border but it will not shy away from flexing its muscles, if the need be.
Also, talking to news agency ANI, Rawat said, “Want to modernise operational logistics, ammunition depots being modernised, computerisation of ordnance inventory being done.”
On OROP, Rawat said, “Demands till a certain extent fulfilled, would like to urge those veterans sitting at Jantar Mantar to return home.”
“My 1st priority is to boost Indian Army’s moral and make every jawan believe that they empower our force,” Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat told ANI.
“2nd priority is to technologically advance and modernise equipment and weapons, so that jawans protect borders even better,” Rawat added.
Ready for wars
“PM Narendra Modi had said that the wars in future will be brief and intense, we are ready for it; staying alert is important,” Rawat said. (PM ne bhi kaha tha jo aane waaley yudhh hongey, intense aur chhote honge, is ke liye hum tayyar hain…satark rehna zaroori hai)
“We’re always ready for war, it’s our job but life of civilians in border areas will be badly affected by such things,” Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said.
“We are emphasising on army aviation, want to include armed, attack helicopters here,” Rawat added.
Rawat took over as the 27th Army chief on Saturday.
General Rawat had superseded two senior most Lt Generals — Praveen Bakshi and P M Hariz.
- Two-front war is a real scenario, says General Bipin Rawat
- Gen Bipin Rawat has warned Pakistan that it should cease and desist from actively aiding and abetting cross-border infiltration and terrorism
- The surgical strikes achieved good success, the aim and intention was fully achieved: Army chief
- Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat New Army chief General Bipin Rawat has warned Pakistan that it should stop aiding and abetting cross-border infiltration and terrorism, saying that his 1.3-million strong force has the requisite will, intelligence and capability to destroy terror wherever it emanates.
Pointing to the “surgical strikes” conducted by the Army on terror launch pads in PoK on September 29, Rawat told TOI in an exclusive interview on Tuesday: “The operation’s unequivocal message was we have the capability, we are aware of the terror infrastructure that lies across the border and intelligence is forthcoming.”
“If the need arises… we can strike effectively. The surgical strikes achieved good success. The aim and intention was fully achieved. We are not a war mongering nation but there are certain thresholds that shouldn’t be crossed. Our response will vary,” he said.
Though there has been some de-escalation along the line of control (LoC) after massive retaliatory fire assaults by the Indian Army and Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa taking over the reins of the Pakistan army from Gen Raheel Sharif, there are still about 20 terror-training camps running at full capacity in PoK and Pakistan.
Apart from the different options available to take the battle to the terrorists and their handlers, the Army chief was also quite sanguine about the Indian armed forces being capable of handling a two front contingency in the backdrop of the collusive threat from Pakistan and China.
Gen Rawat, who took over as the 27th Army chief from Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on December 31, said, “The two-front is a real scenario. Much has changed from before in terms of our capabilities…The Army, Navy and IAF are now jointly very much prepared for such an eventuality .”
Apart from the development of the Agni-V and Agni-IV nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, the forces have taken a series of steps to slowly but surely transform the “dissuasion” posture against China into “deterrence”, which in turn is now being upgraded to “credible deterrence”.
The Army is also raising the new 17 Mountain Strike Corps, which with 90,274 soldiers will have two high-altitude infantry divisions.
While India wants cooperation, not confrontation with China, the new corps will ensure “quick-reaction ground offensive capabilities” on the “northern borders” for the first time. “The raisings for the new corps are underway, while weapons and equipment are also being acquired. The infrastructure is also coming up. There is full support from the government. All adversaries respect strength, which comes from having the capability to strike across the border,” said Gen Rawat. we are in safe hands
The Army chief did, however, acknowledge the excruciating slow progress of infrastructure development in construction of 73 all-weather roads along the line of actual control with China as well as the 14 “strategic” railway lines on the two fronts. While the rail lines only exist on paper, only 22 of the 73 roads have been completed over a decade after they were first identified.
“But there is a renewed impetus now. The government has reorganized the BRO, including shifting it to the defence ministry from the ministry of road transport.Technology is also being increasingly used. Tunneling is also being examined for not only road connectivity , but also command and control centers and storage,” he said.
Dynamics of terrorism is constantly changing; Army must think ahead in that direction: Army Chief Bipin Rawat
- General Bipin Rawat said the country and the force want to maintain peace and tranquility at the border.
- Indian Army will not shy away from a second surgical strike if peace in the region is disrupted, Gen Rawat said
Army Chief Bipin Rawat
Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Monday said that dynamics of terrorism is constantly changing, and that Army must think ahead in that direction.
“The fact that terrorists infiltrating from adversary’s side means that they are getting support from them (Pakistani forces),” the Army Chief said in an exclusive interview with the Times Now.
“We also have to think ahead, and ball has already rolling in that direction,” the new Army Chief said.
On surgical strikes, Rawat said that it was well thought through operation and India has sent across a message with the strikes that attacks won’t be tolerated.
He further said Indian Army will not shy away from a second surgical strike if peace in the region is disrupted.
The new Army chief also lauded the soldiers and officers who serve in the most challenging terrains, including those who have fought insurgency.
On superseding two of his seniors, General Rawat said he accepted the government’s decision to appoint him as the chief with all humility. He said he has tremendous support from two of his senior officers, and that in the Army they are taught to work for the organisation. General Rawat said his selection has come as a surprise for him.
One thing is clear this general means business….He was also involved in the planning of well executed surgical strike in September.Jitendra Chaturvedi
General Rawat had superseded two senior most Lt Generals –Praveen Bakshi and P M Hariz. General Bipin Rawat had yesterday taken over as the 27th chief of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army succeeding General Dalbir Singh Suhag, who retired after 42 years of service.