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Bipin Rawat Age, Caste, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Wife: Madhulika Rawat
Age: 62 Years
Hometown: Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand

Bipin Rawat

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ProfessionArmy Personnel
Famous ForBeing the first Chief of Defence Staff of India
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourGrey
Military Service
Service/BranchIndian Army
RankFour-Star General
Service Years16 December 1978 – present
Unit5/11 Gorkha Rifles
Service NumberIC-35471M
Commands• Southern Command III Corps
• 19th Infantry Division
• MONUSCO North Kivu Brigade
• Rashtriya Rifles, Sector 5
Career Ranks• Second Lieutenant (16 December 1978)
• Lieutenant (16 December 1980)
• Captain (31 July 1984)
• Major (16 December 1989)
• Lieutenant-Colonel (1 June 1998)
• Colonel (1 August 2003)
• Brigadier (1 October 2007)
• Major General (20 October 2011)
• Lieutenant-General (1 June 2014 (substantive))
• General (1 January 2017)
Designations (major ones)• 37th Vice Chief of the Army Staff (1 September 2016 – 31 December 2016)
• 27th Chief of the Army Staff (31 December 2016 – 31 December 2019)
• 32nd Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (27 September 2019 – 31 December 2019)
• 1st Chief of the Defence Staff (31 December 2019 - present)
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Bipin Rawat receiving Param Vishisht Seva Medal
• Uttam Yudh Seva Medal
• Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
• Yudh Seva Medal
• Sena Medal
• Vishisht Seva Medal
Personal Life
Date of Birth16 March 1958
Age (as in 2020)62 Years
BirthplaceSaina Village, Birmoli, Lansdowne, Pauri, Pauri Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh, India (now in Uttarakhand, India) [1]Times of India
Zodiac signPisces
SignatureBipin Rawat Signature
NationalityIndian
HometownLansdowne, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India [2]Aaj Tak
School• Cambrian Hall School, Dehradun
• St. Edward’s School, Shimla
College/University• National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla
• Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
• Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington
• United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
• Madras University
• Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut
Educational Qualification(s)• MPhil degree from the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington
• Diplomas in Management and Computer Studies from Madras University
• Doctorate of Philosophy from Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, in 2011
ReligionHinduism
CasteKshatriya (Rajput) [3]india.com
HobbiesPlaying Football, Reading
Controversies• In 2017, Rawat’s comments against stone pelters in Kashmir created a fuss. His comment was: “In fact, I wish these people, instead of throwing stones at us, were firing weapons at us. Then I would have been happy. Then I could do what I (want to do)." [4]Hindustan Times

• Rawat has been criticized by the Indian Army veterans for his suggestion that there should be a code of conduct governing retired soldiers; however, the Army HQ has shown its intention that it doesn't favour any such code of conduct. [5]Hindustan Times

• During an interview with a news channel when asked about the role of women in combat roles, he delivered a controversial statement. He said that women in combat roles could complain about men peeping into their tents while they were changing their clothes. He said, “She will say somebody is peeping, so we will have to give a sheet around her." [6]Hindustan Times

• In 2017, he was criticized for awarding the Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation card to Major Leetul Gogoi for “sustained efforts” in counter-insurgency operations. Gogoi made headlines in 2017 for tying a Kashmiri civilian to the front of his jeep, apparently in an attempt to prevent stone-pelters from targeting his convoy. [7]Hindustan Times

• In December 2018, his opinion regarding disability pension also sparked a row. He warned soldiers who falsely call themselves ‘disabled’ to earn extra money, through disability pension. He said, “If a soldier is truly disabled, we will pay special attention to them and help them fully, even financially. But, those who falsely call themselves ‘disabled’ and make their disability a way to earn money, I am warning them today, that you better mend your ways otherwise in a few days you might receive special instructions from the Army Headquarters, which will not be good news for you." [8]Hindustan Times

• In December 2019, his comment, which was considered related to the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests across India, triggered a controversy by publicly condemning those leading violent protests, asserting that leadership wasn’t about guiding people to carry out arson and violence. The comment by the general drew sharp criticism from Opposition leaders and also senior retired officers though most of the latter did not want to come on record. [9]Hindustan Times
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Family
Wife/SpouseMadhulika Rawat (President; Army Women Welfare Association (AWWA))
Bipin Rawat with his wife Madhulika Rawat
ChildrenSon- Not Known
Daughter(s)- 2
• Kritika Rawat
• He has 1 more daughter
Bipin Rawat Wife (centre) and Daughters
ParentsFather- Laxman Singh Rawat (Retired Lt. General Indian Army)
Mother- Name Not Known
Money Factor
Salary (as the Chief of Defence Staff)Rs. 250,000/month + Other Allowances [10]7th Pay Commission of India

Bipin Rawat

Some Lesser Known Facts About Bipin Rawat

  • Bipin Rawat is a four-star General of the Indian Army who became the first Chief of Defence Staff of India on 31 December 2019. Bipin Rawat
  • He was born into a Rajput Family of Uttarakhand that has been serving in the Indian Army for generations. Bipin Rawat belongs to the third generation of his family that has been serving in the Indian Army. [11]Times of India

    Bipin Rawat with his family members in his native village in Uttarakhand

    Bipin Rawat with his family members in his native village in Uttarakhand

  • His father, Laxman Singh Rawat, had also served the Indian Army as Lt. General. Laxman Singh Rawat had risen from the ranks (being a soldier) to become the Deputy Chief of Army Staff.
  • Bipin Rawat’s paternal uncle, Bharat Singh Rawat is a retired Havaldar (non-commissioned officer) of the Indian Army. His another uncle, Harinandan, also served in the Indian Army.

    Bipin Rawat's uncle Bharat Singh Rawat (in white Kurta)

    Bipin Rawat’s uncle Bharat Singh Rawat (in white Kurta)

  • Bipin Rawat’s uncle, Bharat Singh Rawat, describes him as “a very smart boy right from childhood.” He says,

    Bipin has managed to get where he is only through sheer hard work and honesty. We were very sure that he would achieve great success, and he has proved us right.”

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  • Bipin used to take inputs (when he was appearing for the Service Selection Board; SSB) from his old associate, Lt Col Onkar Singh Dikrit, who had known him since his young days and was the senior of his father in 2/11 Gorkha Rifles. [12]Times of India
  • Bipin did his schooling from Cambrian Hall School, Dehradun, and the St Edward’s School in Shimla.

    Bipin Rawat visiting his alma mater St Edward School in Shimla

    Bipin Rawat visiting his alma mater St Edward School in Shimla

  • After completing his schooling, he joined the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, where he was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour.’
  • After passing out from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, he was commissioned into the 5th Battalion of 11 Gorkha Rifles, on 16 December 1978; the same unit as his father’s.
  • Soon after his induction into the Indian army as a Second Lieutenant, Mr. Rawat started showing his military skills and went on to have lots of experience in high altitude warfare, and he spent ten years conducting Counter-insurgency operations.
  • As a Major, he commanded a company in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir. As a Colonel, he commanded the 5th battalion 11 Gorkha Rifles in the Eastern sector along the Line of Actual Control at Kibithu.
  • After being promoted to the rank of Brigadier, he commanded 5 Sector of Rashtriya Rifles in Sopore.
  • For commanding a multinational Brigade in a Chapter VII mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Mr. Rawat was twice awarded the Force Commander’s Commendation.
  • His promotion to Major General led him to take over as the General Officer Commanding 19th Infantry Division (Uri).
  • As a Lieutenant General, Mr. Rawat commanded III Corps, headquartered in Dimapur before taking over the Southern Army in Pune.
  • During his career span of 37 years, Bipin Rawat has been awarded various gallantry awards including the Param Vishisht Seva Medal for his distinguished service.
  • On 1 January 2016, Bipin Rawat was promoted to the Army Commander grade and assumed the post of General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Southern Command, and after a short stint, he assumed the post of Vice Chief of Army Staff on 1 September 2016.
  • On 17 December 2016, the Government of India appointed Mr. Bipin Rawat as the 27th Chief of the Army Staff; superseding two seniors; Lieutenant Generals Praveen Bakshi and P M Hariz. With this, he became the third officer from the Gorkha Brigade to become the Chief of the Army Staff; after Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw and General Dalbir Singh Suhag.

    Bipin Rawat taking charge as the Chief of Army Staff from Dalbir Singh Suhag

    Bipin Rawat taking charge as the Chief of Army Staff from Dalbir Singh Suhag

  • Bipin Rawat is also the honorary General of the Nepalese Army.

    General Bipin Rawat presents a memento to General Rajendra Chhetri, Chief of the Army Staff Nepal Army, on the occasion of Nepal Army Day 2018

    General Bipin Rawat presents a memento to General Rajendra Chhetri, Chief of the Army Staff Nepal Army, on the occasion of Nepal Army Day 2018

  • Mr. Rawat’s battalion was deployed against the Chinese People’s Liberation Army; during the 1987 face-off in the Sumdorong Chu valley.
  • In February 2019, Mr. Rawat took a sortie in indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas in Bengaluru at the Aero India 2019. [13]Indian Express

    Bipin Rawat waving while going to fly LCA Tejas

    Bipin Rawat waving while going to fly LCA Tejas

  • Mr. Rawat is very close to his hometown in Uttarkhand, and he often pays a visit to his native village; even during his busy schedule.

    Bipin Rawat on a visit to his maternal village Thati in Uttarkashi

    Bipin Rawat on a visit to his maternal village Thati in Uttarkashi

  • On one such visit to his native village Saina Birmoli, near Lansdowne, he desired to build a house in the village. His uncle, Bharat Singh Rawat even showed him a plot to build his desired house.

    Bipin Rawat on a visit to his native village Saina Birmoli, near Lansdowne

    Bipin Rawat on a visit to his native village Saina Birmoli, near Lansdowne

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