Army Chief’s maiden EAC visit proves Gen Bakshi & Gen Rawat are still brothers in arms
New Delhi, 24 January 2016
General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, today undertook his first visit to the Eastern Army Command (EAC) after taking over as the Army Chief. Until sometime back, speculations were rife if Lt. General Praveen Bakshi would resign after General Bipin Rawat superseded Gen Bakshi following the Government’s decision.
However, Gen. Bakshi who was on leave after Gen Bipin Rawat took over, curtailed his leaves and joined Combined Commanders’ Conference in Dehradun. But today’s visit not only put down all speculations of rift but proves that both Generals are still brothers in arms. General Rawat in interviews to various media organisations has time and again said that they (Gen Rawat, Gen Bakshi and Gen Hariz) have broken bread together and they have been brothers in arms. He earlier also hoped that both Generals, Lt Gen Bakshi and Lt Gen Hariz would work shoulder to shoulder with him.
Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, GOC-in-C Eastern Command and Lt Gen AS Bedi, GOC Gajraj Corps received the General. General Rawat visited the strategic Gajraj Corps on the eve of the Republic Day.
The Chief, accompanied by the Eastern Army Commander and the Corps Commander visited Tawang and the forward areas in Western Arunachal. He was also briefed by the Corps Commander on the security situation in the Corps, both from external threat and internal security point of view.
General Rawat has himself commanded a Corps in the Eastern Command and is well acquainted with the nuances of operational scenario here. He was satisfied with the operational preparedness of Gajraj Corps and encouraged all ranks of the Corps to keep up the high state of alertness and professionalism displayed by them. General Rawat left Tezpur for Imphal before moving to Delhi.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.