Indian Army submits proposal to the Government recommending the Restriction on Sahayak (Buddy) System

Amid the ongoing controversy over of a jawan expressing his grievances against senior officers due to alleged abuse as an orderly, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday lent his support to ending the ‘sahayak’ or buddy system in peace zones and warned that any officer found misusing their buddy will face strict action Rawat … Read more

Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa flies MIG-21 fighter from the IAF’s forward base in Rajasthan

Indian Air Force chief B.S. Dhanoa on Thursday flew solo in a Mig-21 fighter jet, the oldest fighter aircraft in the IAF’s inventory, a defence statement said. Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa flew the Mig-21 Type 96 aircraft from the IAF base at Uttarlai, a forward base in Rajasthan, where he began a three-day visit, his … Read more

Bipin Rawat takes charge as Army Chief, Birender Singh becomes Air Force Chief

Lt General Bipin Rawat on Saturday took charge as the new Army Chief replacing General Dalbir Singh Suhag. Lt Gen Rawat was the Vice Chief of Army Staff. He superseded two seniormost Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and PM Hariz as the 26th Army Chief of India. Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa also took charge as … Read more

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Retires After 43 years in Service

Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh retired on Saturday after 43 years in service. He thanked the government for giving the army a “free hand” to conduct operations. General Dalbir Singh will shortly hand over charge to his successor General Bipin Rawat. “After 43 years of service to the nation I superannuate today. I salute … Read more

The Invention of the Seniority Principle in the Appointment of Army Chiefs

The appointment of Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat as the new army chief, superseding two senior officers, has brought back the unique South Asian debate of ‘seniority vs merit’ with many observers pointing out the exceptional nature of the current case. However, the fact is that the seniority principle is a relatively recent invention, having become … Read more

Bipin Rawat, India’s Next Army Chief Was The Brains Behind the Surgical Strikes

Year 2016 has been quiet challenging for the Indian army. The enemies on the eastern and western borders have taken to asymmetrical and hybrid warfare, resulting in one of the bloodiest years for the Indian armed forces. This change in strategy from those looking to bleed India by a thousand cuts has demanded an offensive … Read more

The Indian Army Gets Its New Chief. Here’s Why Lt Gen Bipin Rawat Scored Over Others.

It is a gratifying moment for me, personally, to see one of my former General Officers from the challenging days of 2011 in Srinagar being appointed as the new Chief of the Army Staff. Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, currently Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) is set to be the new army chief with … Read more

Congress, Left question appointment of Bipin Rawat as new army chief

Congress and the Left on Sunday questioned the appointment of the new army chief by superseding two officers, saying every appointment by the government has become controversial. The development came a day after the government appointed Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Bipin Rawat as the new army chief superseding his two senior officers. … Read more

Indian Army and Indian Air Force get New Chiefs

The government on Saturday announced Lt General Bipin Rawat would be the new Army Chief, superseding two seniormost Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and P M Hariz. The only other time the seniormost officer has not been appointed Chief was in 1983, when Lt Gen S K Sinha was overlooked for the post in favour of … Read more

Ten facts about new army chief Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat

Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat is all set to take over as the new Army Chief after Dalbir Singh steps down on December 31. Lt General Rawat, who is currently serving as the Vice Chief of Army Staff, has superseded two senior-most Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and P M Hariz. On Saturday, the government also announced that Air Marshal Birender … Read more