Bipin Rawat, India’s first defense chief, died in a tragic helicopter crash. The helicopter carrying him crashed in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. The 63-year-old military officer has served in the Indian military for four decades.
According to Indian media NDTV, Bipin Rawat’s father Laxman Singh was also an army officer. Bipin, born in 1956, studied at St. Edward’s School, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. He was commissioned from the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun in 1986. Joined Fifth Battalion of Eleven Gorkha Rifles. That same year, he was awarded the Sword of Honor. So far, 148 people have been awarded the honor, according to the Indian Army. He has been awarded several other awards in the Indian Army. In addition, Bipin Rawat received higher military education and training at the US Command and General Staff College.
Bipin Rawat has a reputation for suppressing terrorism in northern India. In 2015, the Indian Army launched an operation inside the Myanmar border to suppress terrorism. They were also successful in this campaign. Bipin was also one of the masterminds of the 2016 attack inside the Pakistan border. He has served as a commander in various parts of the country. Among these are Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh. He has also served in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bipin has also been rewarded for his work there.
But there is also some controversy. For example, Bipin Rawat became the army chief by defeating two senior officers. Then in 2019 he was made Chief of Defense Staff. For this, the present BJP government of India has to increase the age limit by amending the martial law.