General Bakshi is understood to have been assured by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that the process was under way to appoint him as India's first tri-service commander, a post that would, at least nominally, place him senior to General Rawat.Ajai Shukla reports. Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi, who has been superseded by General Bipin Rawat as the chief of the army staff (COAS) from the New Year, has announced he will continue in service. Even as General Rawat was ceremonially taking ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
According to convention, Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi should be named as General Dalbir Singh Suhag's successor as army chief, says Ajai Shukla/Business Standard. If the government had followed tradition, Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi, currently commanding the Eastern Army from Fort William in Kolkata, would have been named two months ago to succeed the present army chief, General Dalbir Singh Suhag, who is scheduled to retire on December 31. General Bakshi is the senior-most ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'No one needs to lose sleep if a person with better operational credentials supersedes lesser endowed peers,' says Group Captain Murli Menon (retd). Opinion is rife in the Indian media about military leadership and associated issues. The latest issue relates to the supersession by the new army chief, whilst another pertains to the much maligned previous air chief and how he rose to be air chief at all. Military leadership has traditionally got short shrift in our country, unfortunately, for ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'Pakistan thinks it is winning this low intensity conflict. It is a serious observation.''Half the battle is convincing your adversary that he cannot make headway.''A lot depends on how the internal professional management of the army and the handling of situations that are bound to rise sooner than later in his command, are done,' says Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain (retd). Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat, the current Vice Chief of the Army Staff, has been appointed the new army ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Over the past two decades, six of the eight army chiefs have been from the infantry and the other two from the artillery division.The appointment of either General Bakshi or General Hariz would interrupt the infantry's prolonged domination of the army command, says Ajai Shukla, a retired army officer himself. An inevitable controversy has erupted after the government's announcement of Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat as the general who will succeed General Dalbir Singh Suhag on December 31 ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The government has sent a strong signal that only merit and suitability will count in occupying posts in the higher echelons of the military, notes Nitin Gokhale, founder, BharatShakti.in Thirty-three years ago Prime Minister Indira Gandhi decided to bypass the seniority principle and appointed an armoured corps officer, Lieutenant General A S Vaidya as the Chief of Army staff superseding his senior Lieutenant General S K Sinha, a Gorkha regiment officer, leading to General Sinha's quiet and ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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