Chief of defence staff Gen Bipin Rawat’s journey in Indian Army

An Indian Air Force helicopter carrying 14 army personnel, including chief of defence staff Bipin Rawat, crashed near Coonoor in the nearby hilly Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter which carried chief of defense staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat and other 14 military members crashed on Wednesday. The crash happened near Conoor, Tamil Nadu. There are atleast four deaths reported until now and according to the reports it is said that the cause of the crash is weather conditions. Due to foggy weather and low visibility the helicopter crashed. Five bodies have been recovered after the crash took place in the Nilgiris, shortly after the Mi-series chopper took off from the army base in Sulur. His staff and his wife, has crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor.  Chief of Defense staff, Gen Bipin Rawat had served the nation with exceptional courage and he lost his life during this crash. Along with him, his wife also lost her life in this crash.

The Chief of Defence Staff was on his way to the Defence Staff College in Wellington. The helicopter, carrying a few senior officials, was on its way from Sulur in Coimbatore to DSC in Wellington where Rawat, along with Chief of Army Staff MM Naravane, was slated to participate in an event later, the sources added. The chopper crashed in the forest area.

General Bipin Laxman Singh Rawat born on March 16, 1958 is in critical condition today and after fighting many battles for country today he was fighting a battle for his own life. He is a four star general of Indian Army. He is current and the first Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) of India. On December 30, 2019 he was appointed as the first Chief of Defense Staff of India. Before he became the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), he served as 57th and the last chairman of the chiefs of staff committee. He was also 26th chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army.

Rawat born in Puri, Uttarakhand in a Hindu Rajput family. His family has been serving the army for multiple generations and so being a part of army was in his blood from childhood. After completing his schooling, Rawat joined National Defense Academy and Indian Military Academy. He started his journey in Indian army on December 16,1978 and in the same unit as his father’s.

He has received various awards for his achievements in Indian army. He is honored with Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), Uttam Yudh Seva Medal (UYSM), Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Wound medal, Samanya Seva medal, Special Service Medal, Operation Parakram Medal, Sainya Seva Medal, High Altitude Service Medal, Videsh Seva Medal, 50th Anniversary of Independence medal, 30 years long service medal, 20 years long service medal, 9 years long service awards and MONUSCO. He has been awarded with a total of 18 awards. He also has been ranked from being a second lieutenant to now serving as a Chief of Defense Staff.

He was also a part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force, and he was also twice awarded the Force Commander’s Commendation while serving with the United Nations. He was also awarded the Sword of Honor from IMA, Dehradun. In his career, one of the highlights was the 2015 cross border operation in Myanmar, where the Indian Army was successful in responding to the NSCN-K militants. Rawat was also a part of planning the 2016 surgical strike. He has served in army for more than 35 years and he has fought several battles for this country. He has  authored numerous articles on National Security and Leadership which have been published in various publications. Everyone will always remember him for his service in Indian army. Rajnath Singh (Minister of Indian Defense) took twitter to share this heartbreaking news and to give condolences to Rawat’s family.