General Bipin Rawat is an unusual Army chief. And not due to his different approach in Kashmir or the doggedness to face up to the Chinese in Doklam, but largely because of the question he dares to pose to his own fraternity.
The office of the Army chief has always been seen as the representative embodiment of the ‘fauj’. He is what his Army is, reflecting both its glory and custom. Yes, he can be an agent of change, but usually in matters of strategy and expansion.
Rarely, have you found someone who has questioned privilege, perks or benefits from a perceived sense of exalted status. This is a very sacred territory within the Army, one which is assumed as being undisputed within society.
But Gen Rawat questions that. He is worried, a fact he disclosed to ET, that in reality civilian population may actually be getting “irritated” with secluded green zones of the Army. Read More