The New Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Sunday (soon after assuming charge as the new COAS) that while the role of the Indian Army is to maintain peace and tranquillity at the border but it will not hesitate to use force if the need arises. “We want peace and tranquillity, but that doesn’t mean we are weak. The army will not step back or hesitate to use force if necessary,” Rawat said after inspecting a customary guard of honour at South Block.
General Rawat, who took over as the 27th Army chief on Saturday, was speaking to reporters here after inspecting the Guard of Honour at the South Block in New Delhi. He said the Eastern Army commander Lt General Praveen Bakshi and Southern commander Lt General P M Hariz will continue to serve the Army and maintain the unity.
On his part, Lt General Bakshi already cleared the air on Saturday when he announced “full support” to the new chief and told officers through video conferencing that he will continue to lead with full professional sincerity as hither-to-fore.
Commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978, Gen Rawat took over as the 27th Chief of the Army Staff. The General Officer was tenanting the appointment of the Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) of the Indian Army from 01 Sep 2016. Son of a lieutenant general, Rawat brings along considerable military acumen to the table.Gen Rawat has held important staff appointments at Directorate General of Military Operations and Military Secretary’s Branch at Army HQ. He has also been Major General General Staff (MGGS) at HQ Eastern Command. The General Officer commanded a Multinational Brigade, in a Chapter VII mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC). Whilst serving with the United Nations, he was twice awarded the Force Commander’s Commendation.