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 He superseded two seniormost Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and PM Hariz as the 26th Army Chief of India.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

Who will be the next Army chief?

On December 31, General Dalbir Singh is scheduled to hang his boots as the chief of the Indian Army. Traditionally, the governments of the day would announce the name of the chief-designate two months in advance, but the Narendra Modi government has changed the convention. Appointing its first Army chief, the NDA government has kept … Read more