Bipin Rawat: News

General Bipin Rawat is a former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of India as of 2021. Son of Lt. Gen. Laxman Singh Rawat, he attended the NDA, Khadakwasla, and IMA, Dehradun, later getting commissioned into the 5th Battalion of 11 Gorkha Rifles in 1978. Rawat is known for his experience in counter-insurgency and high-altitude operations. He has served in the Eastern Command along the Line of Actual Control and was involved in India's 1986-87 Sumdorong Chu standoff with China along the McMahon Line. He oversaw the 2015 military strikes against hostile militants in Myanmar and the 2016 surgical strikes on terrorist camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Rawat is decorated with several military honors, including the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal (UYSM) and Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), among others. He served as the COAS from 2016 to 2019, as Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) in 2019, and as the first CDS of India from 2020.

General Anil Chauhan takes charge as new CDS of India

General Anil Chauhan assumed charge as the new Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) of India nearly ten months after the death of the first CDS, General Bipin Rawat.

Lt General (Retired) Anil Chauhan is India's new CDS

The Centre on Wednesday appointed Lt General (Retired) Anil Chauhan as the new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

14 Jun 2022

Rajnath Singh

New CDS appointment soon, 'Agnipath' armed forces recruitment scheme unveiled

The post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)—which has been lying vacant since the tragic death of General Bipin Rawat in December last year—will be soon filled.

25 Jan 2022

Padma Shri

Padma Awards 2022: CDS Bipin Rawat gets Padma Vibhushan

The central government on Tuesday announced Padma Awards a day ahead of the 73rd Republic Day.

19 Jan 2022

Narendra Modi

Vijay Rawat, brother of late CDS Bipin Rawat, joins BJP

Colonel (Retired) Vijay Rawat, the younger sibling of the late Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi on Wednesday.

11 Dec 2021

Tamil Nadu

6 more officers' bodies identified in IAF chopper tragedy

The mortal remains of six more defence officials killed in the Tamil Nadu chopper crash have been identified.

10 Dec 2021

Tamil Nadu

General Bipin Rawat cremated with full military honors

The funeral of General Bipin Rawat and his wife was held at Brar Square crematorium in Delhi Cantonment on Friday.

09 Dec 2021

Indian Army

General Bipin Rawat death: New CDS appointment in 7-10 days

After the sudden demise of General Bipin Rawat in a military chopper crash, the Centre is seeking to appoint a new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) soon.

09 Dec 2021

Rajnath Singh

Group Captain Varun Singh: Lone survivor of IAF's chopper crash

Group Captain Varun Singh of the Indian Air Force is the only survivor of Wednesday's tragic chopper crash near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.

09 Dec 2021

Rajnath Singh

Black box recovered from General Rawat's crashed chopper; probe on

A search team of the Indian Air Force Thursday recovered the black box of the chopper that crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu the day before.

09 Dec 2021

Rajnath Singh

Mortal remains of CDS Bipin Rawat to reach Delhi today

The mortal remains of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and his wife are expected to reach Delhi on Thursday evening.

08 Dec 2021

Narendra Modi

Defence chief Bipin Rawat dies in Tamil Nadu helicopter crash

General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), died on Wednesday after a military chopper crashed in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.

08 Dec 2021

Tamil Nadu

13 dead after IAF chopper carrying CDS Bipin Rawat crashes

An Indian Air Force chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, ANI reported.

26 Apr 2021

Narendra Modi

Armed forces recall retired medical staff to work

All medical personnel of the armed forces who have retired or have taken pre-mature retirement in the last two years are being recalled to work in COVID-19 facilities within proximity of their present place of residence, the government said on Monday.

14 Nov 2020


PM Modi reaches Jaisalmer's Longewala to celebrate Diwali with soldiers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday morning arrived in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer to celebrate Diwali with soldiers at the Longewala post, keeping up with his tradition of celebrating the festival of lights with the armed forces.

26 Aug 2020


Chinese ambassador downplays Galwan clash, calls it "unfortunate incident"

Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong sought to downplay the Indo-China clash at Galwan Valley that took place around mid-June, at an Indo-China youth webinar.

Bipin Rawat wants to cut pension cost, increase retirement age

India's first Chief of Defense Staff, Bipin Rawat, wants to decrease the burden that the pension of retired army officers puts on the exchequer and has suggested increasing retirement age for the same.

12 Jan 2020

Indian Army

Our allegiance is to the Constitution, says Army Chief Naravane

Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Saturday that the force's allegiance is to the Constitution of India and its core values of justice, equality and fraternity, enshrined in the Preamble.

04 Jan 2020


After Article 370's abrogation, peace returning to J&K: Army Chief

New Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Friday that peace is returning to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, months after the contentious Article 370 was rescinded by the Centre, led by BJP.

03 Jan 2020

Indian Army

What are the responsibilities of India's Chief of Defence Staff?

On Monday, General Bipin Rawat stepped into the role of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

31 Dec 2019

Narendra Modi

First CDS Bipin Rawat speaks on new role, his strategy

The 27th Chief of Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat, is all set to take office as India's first Chief of Defense Staff, and quite naturally the expectations from him are high.

30 Dec 2019

Narendra Modi

Bipin Rawat named India's first Chief of Defense Staff: Reports

General Bipin Rawat, who will retire as Army Chief on December 31 (tomorrow), was on Monday announced as the first Chief of Defense Staff, according to India Today.

26 Dec 2019

Uttar Pradesh

Army Chief's comments on anti-CAA protests spark controversy

With the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) being the raging topic, Army Chief Bipin Rawat also gave his opinion on it, only to invite criticism for taking sides despite holding an apolitical position.

19 Nov 2019


First Chief of Defence Staff to be announced next month

By next month, India could be looking at its first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), a single-point military adviser to the government.

21 Oct 2019

Indian Army

Someone is trying to disrupt peace in J&K: Army Chief

The condition in Jammu and Kashmir has been headlining news for quite some time now. Though the government claims there's no clampdown in the border state, things are far from normal.

23 Sep 2019


Jaish camp in Balakot, bombed by IAF, is functioning again

The camp of terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan's Balakot, which was bombed by Indian Air Force jets in February, has started functioning again, Army Chief Bipin Rawat announced on Monday.

31 Aug 2019


Be prepared: Army Chief Bipin Rawat tells troops at LoC

Amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan, Army Chief Bipin Rawat paid a visit to LoC to review "preparedness" and asked troops to be ready for any contingency.

28 Aug 2019

Jammu And Kashmir

J&K: High schools to reopen in some areas today

On Wednesday, high schools will reopen in certain areas in Jammu and Kashmir, where restrictions have been eased, officials said. Earlier, primary schools in the border state were reopened.

15 Aug 2019


Will Bipin Rawat be India's first Chief of Defense Staff?

From the rampart of Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on India's 73rd Independence Day that the nation will soon get a Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) for better coordination between all three legs of forces- Army, Air Force, and Navy.

24 Feb 2019


Delhi: Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate National War Memorial tomorrow

PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the National War Memorial near India Gate tomorrow.

21 Feb 2019

Indian Air Force

Aero India 2019: Army chief flies in Made-In-India Tejas jet

In a first, Army Chief Bipin Rawat flew in Light Combat Aircraft Tejas on Thursday at the ongoing Aero Space 2019 in Bengaluru.

Army won't decriminalize gay sex, says Bipin Rawat

Addressing his annual press conference in New Delhi, Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Thursday said the army won't decriminalize gay sex in the army.

10 Jan 2019

Pakistan News

Indian Army chief says Taliban analogy doesn't apply to J&K

On Thursday, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat said that India should join the "bandwagon" if other countries were willing to initiate talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan, but the same analogy could not be applied to Jammu and Kashmir.

16 Dec 2018

Indian Army

Difficult to assign frontline combat-roles to women officers: Gen Rawat

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat yesterday said there are women officers engaged in exercises like mining and de-mining operations and also manning the air defense system, but cited difficulties in assigning them frontline combat role.

09 Dec 2018


Entire world knows Pakistan link to 26/11: Army General Rawat

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat yesterday said the international community knew about the role of Pakistani terrorists in Mumbai terror attack, 26/11 and that India didn't want anyone's acknowledgment about it.

30 Nov 2018

Pakistan News

Turn secular, stop being Islamic-state: Indian Army chief to Pakistan

Venturing into uncharted waters, Army chief General Bipin Rawat today said Pakistan should turn into a secular state from an Islamic nation.

29 Oct 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

Army looking into reports of snipers entering Kashmir Valley: Rawat

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said today that the Army was looking into reports of snipers entering the Kashmir Valley to target defense personnel and that the pattern of the attacks is being studied.

29 Sep 2018

Uttar Pradesh

Something big has happened: Rajnath Singh hints at another 'surgical-strike'

Just as the government is pushing to celebrate the second anniversary of surgical strikes, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has hinted 'something big happened' across the border.

06 Sep 2018


If Pakistan stops terrorism, we'll shake hands: Army Chief Rawat

"If Pakistan stops terrorism, the Army would also be like Neeraj Chopra," Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has said, referring to the Asian Games javelin gold medallist's gesture of reaching out to his Pakistani competitor.

27 Aug 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

Court finds Major Gogoi, who met woman in Srinagar-hotel, guilty

The court of inquiry has ordered disciplinary action against Major Leetul Gogoi. He was found guilty for fraternizing with a local woman, despite instructions against it.

27 Jun 2018

Indian Army

Army Chief dubs UN-report on human-rights violations in J&K 'motivated'

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today slammed the UN report on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, dubbing it as "motivated".

23 Jun 2018


India to host Sri Lankan military-personnel to strengthen military ties

In a step to strengthen military ties, India will host Sri Lankan military personnel and their families next week.

25 May 2018

Indian Army

Army chief: Major Gogoi will be punished if he's guilty

Bipin Rawat, the Indian Army Chief, said strict punishment will be given to Major Leetul Gogoi if he is found guilty in the case where he was detained with a woman and a local man on Wednesday from Srinagar.

13 May 2018

Defence Ministry

Army finalizes Rs. 15,000cr deal to procure critical weapons, tanks

After years of deliberations, the Army has finalized a mega Rs. 15,000cr project under which a range of ammunition for its critical weapons and tanks will be produced indigenously to overcome long delays in imports and address the problem of a dwindling stockpile.

10 May 2018

Indian Army

'Azadi' isn't possible, you can't fight army: Rawat to Kashmiris

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has urged Kashmiri youths to understand "azadi" isn't possible and that it's a futile fight. "You can't fight the army," he said.

02 May 2018

Indian Air Force

Rajasthan: Over 20,000 Army troops engage in 'Vijay Prahar' exercise

Over 20,000 troops of the strike formations of the Army's South Western Command are engaged in the "Vijay Prahar" exercise to fine-tune the Army's jointmanship with Indian Air Force (IAF) near Suratgarh in Rajasthan.

15 Apr 2018

Indian Army

Army commanders' meet to discuss security along China, Pakistan borders

Top Indian Army commanders will review the regional security architecture and deliberate on key challenges Indian was facing, particularly along the borders with China and Pakistan, at a six-day-long conference beginning in New Delhi from Monday.

26 Mar 2018


India ready for any unanticipated situation in Doklam: Nirmala Sitharaman

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said India is "alert" and ready to deal with any "unforeseen situation" in Doklam.

23 Feb 2018

Pakistan News

Pakistan will pay for Sunjuwan sooner rather than later: Rawat

Pakistan will pay for Sunjuwan "sooner rather than later," Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said today, adding India has "several options including surgical strikes."

22 Feb 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Army Chief's comments about Assamese party condemned as political

Army Chief Bipin Rawat finds himself in the midst of a controversy after he spoke of how a political party in the Northeast was rising on the back of Muslim support.

22 Feb 2018


Pakistan, China facilitating illegal migration to the northeast: Bipin Rawat

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has blamed India's "western neighbor" (Pakistan) and "northern neighbor" (China) for "planned" illegal migration in the northeast.

29 Jan 2018

Indian Army

#DefenseDiaries: Indian Army short of 68,000 anti-tank missiles, 850 launchers

Indian Army is reportedly facing "critical operational deficiency"; it is short of 68,000 anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and 850 launchers of different varieties.

19 Jan 2018


China: Doklam belongs to us; construction activity is legitimate

In a claim that can have shocking implications, China has claimed that the Doklam area has "always been" under its "effective jurisdiction." Thus, its construction activity is "legitimate." They asked India not to comment on it.

15 Jan 2018


Indian Army kills 7 Pakistani soldiers in 'retaliatory firing'

On Indian Army Day, forces killed seven Pakistani soldiers in "retaliatory action" along the LoC in Jammu's Poonch.

14 Jan 2018


Army Chief: Ramping-up heat on Pakistan might end cross-border terrorism

Indian Army chief General, Bipin Rawat said that there was scope to ramp up military offensive in Jammu & Kashmir to pile heat on Pakistan and stop cross-border terrorism.

13 Jan 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

Army Chief should 'concentrate on his job' says J&K minister

Responding to Army Chief Bipin Rawat's remarks on Jammu and Kashmir's education system, the state Minister Altaf Bukhari said that the "well-decorated officer" should concentrate on his job and not give sermons on education which is not his domain.

12 Jan 2018


China is exerting pressure, but India isn't weak: Army chief

Acknowledging that China is upping pressure on the Indian border, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said troops are prepared to tackle any aggressive movement.

10 Nov 2017


#DefenseDiaries: Indian Army's Gorkha Rifles celebrates 200 years of service

The Indian Army's 9th Gorkha Rifles (GR) regiment is celebrating 200 years of its raising with a grand two-day function.

05 Nov 2017


Army Chief: Time for Bharat Ratna for Field Marshal Cariappa

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said the late Field Marshal KM Cariappa deserves to be awarded the Bharat Ratna.

11 Oct 2017


Doklam effect: Army rushes to upgrade infrastructure along the LAC

Following the Doklam standoff, the Indian Army has rushed to upgrade infrastructure along the Sino-Indian border to prepare for similar encounters.

29 Sep 2017


One year on, what did the surgical strikes achieve?

On Friday, India marks the first anniversary of the surgical strikes mounted by Indian Army special-forces across the Line of Control (LoC) into Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

26 Sep 2017

Jammu And Kashmir

Army foils infiltration bid in J&K, one terrorist killed

The Indian Army has foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control, killing one terrorist in Uri sector north of Baramulla district, Kashmir.

07 Sep 2017


India should prepare for a two-front war: General Bipin Rawat

Providing his take on India's persistent threat from China and Pakistan, Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat stated that India should be prepared for a two-front war.

27 Aug 2017


Expect more situations like Doklam: Army Chief Bipin Rawat

Speaking to students at the Savitribai Phule Pune University, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat stated that Doklam stand-off is a result of China attempting to change status quo.

12 Jul 2017

Intelligence Bureau

In June, intelligence input had warned of Amarnath attack

Intelligence input had warned of a potential attack on the pilgrims on June 25; had the administration taken action, the deadly mishap could have been averted.

01 Jul 2017


#SikkimStandoff: India, China deploy 3,000 troops each in disputed area

The India-China troop face-off along the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction in Doklam appears to have intensified with both the Indian and Chinese armies deploying 3,000 troops each, in a near eyeball-to-eyeball situation, according to sources.

30 Jun 2017


Remember 1962, stop asking for war: China to India

Accusing India of transgressing into its territory, China's People's Liberation Army spokesperson, Wu Qian asked India to remember lessons from its defeat in the 1962 war with China and to stop asking for war.

11 Jun 2017

Jammu And Kashmir

After Lt Fayaz's murder, 11 J&K youths graduate from IMA

A month after 23-year-old Lt Umar Fayaz was kidnapped from a wedding and murdered by terrorists, 11 youths from Jammu and Kashmir have risen up against anti-national forces and graduated from the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun.

08 Jun 2017

Jammu And Kashmir

Indian Army ready to face Pakistan and China: Army Chief

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat referred to the human shield controversy, saying it's not a norm, but officers can decide strategy depending on the situation.

28 May 2017

Indian Army

Army Chief Bipin Rawat defends human shield idea

Army Chief Bipin Rawat, in an attempt to instil confidence in his men, defended the actions of Major Leetul Gogoi who had used an alleged stone-pelting youth as a human shield for the army's operation.

27 Apr 2017


CRPF jawan loses kin, lashes out at Rajnath Singh

Another Facebook video of a frustrated CRPF jawan Pankaj Mishra surfaced where he spoke against Rajnath Singh after having lost a relative in the Sukma Maoist attack.

26 Apr 2017


Army's 2-star Generals to attend short-courses to sharpen skills

The Army has cleared a proposal to allow Major Generals in the force to attend short-duration courses to sharpen their leadership skills, given the ever changing military technology landscape and geopolitical developments.