Rawat, the chief of the Indian Armed Forces
New Delhi, Dec 8 (Syasi Tv) India’s defense chief, General Bipin Rawat, was at the center of the country’s most important reorganization of the country’s armed forces since independence when he was arrested on Wednesday. Killed in helicopter crash.
The Indian Army, Navy and Air Force have long worked independently of each other and Rawat’s brief statement since 2019, when he was appointed as its first Chief of Defense Staff, called them a US-style joint. The theater was to reorganize into a single, modern force with commands.
“They have been instrumental in laying the foundation for a legacy that future generations will carry forward and strengthen,” the Indian Army said in a statement.
On Wednesday, Bipin Rawat was to give a lecture at a military college in southern India. But the helicopter he was traveling in crashed on the way, killing him, his wife and 11 of the 12 other people on board.
Bipin Rawat, 63, a staunch patriot who was selected by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for a senior job in the armed forces, gained a reputation as a simple-minded man who took an aggressive approach to his work. And he was not opposed to fluttering his wings.
In July, he described the air force as a “support arm” for ground forces, sparking public disagreements with the chief of staff.
Last month, it launched a war of words with China after it was described as the biggest threat to India.
Beijing said Rawat’s remarks were “dangerous” and violated the strategic guidelines set by the two countries’ leaders.
They have been locked in a confrontation on their disputed border in the western Himalayas for more than a year, and Brahma Chelani, an expert on India-China relations, said that for India, Rawat’s death could not have been worse.