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Former Chief of Defence Staff of the Indian Armed Forces
Born: March 16, 1958, Pauri Garhwal, India
Died: December 8, 2021, Nilgiris, India
Spouse: Madhulika Rawat (m. ?–2021)
Parents: Lachu Singh Rawat
Education: Chaudhary Charan Singh University Meerut
Awards: Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Previous offices: Chief of Defence Staff of the Indian Armed Forces (2019–2021)
Birth 16 March 1958 (Pauri, Uttarakhand)
Death 8 December 2021 (Coonoor, Tamil Nadu)
Age 63 years
Education National Defence Academy (B.Sc.) I.M.A. Defence
Services Staff College (MPhil)
U.S. Army Command & General Staff College (ILE)
Chaudhary Charan Singh University (PhD)
Wife Madhulika Rawat
Father Lt. General Laxman Singh Rawat
Years of Service 16 December 1978 – 8 November 2021
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In 1985, Rawat married Madhulika Raje Singh.
A descendant of an erstwhile princely family, she was the daughter of Kunwar Mrigendra Singh, sometime Riyasatdar of the pargana of Sohagpur Riyasat in Shahdol district and an Indian National Congress MLA from the district in 1967 and 1972.
She was educated at Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya in Gwalior and graduated in psychology at Delhi University. The couple had two daughters, Kritika and Tarini.
Madhulika Rawat was the president of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) during Bipin Rawat’s tenure as Chief of Army Staff.
She became the president of the Defence Wives Welfare Association (DWWA), upon the creation of the post and the appointment of General Bipin Rawat as the first CDS. She worked to make the wives of defence personnel financially independent.
She was also involved with NGOs and welfare associations such as Veer Naris that assists widows of military personnel, differently-abled children and cancer patients.
Bipin Rawat was born in Pauri, Uttarakhand. He took birth in a Hindu Garhwali Rajput Family, which had been serving in the Indian Army since multiple generations. His father Laxman Singh Rawat had rose to the rank of Lieutenant General, while serving in Indian Army.
His mother was the daughter of Kishan Singh Parmar, ex-MLA from Uttarkashi. Bipin Rawat married Madhulika Rawat, who also lost her life in the same helicopter crash
Bipin Rawat completed his schooling from Cambrian Hill School, Dehradun and St. Edward’s School, Shimla. He then joined the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, where he was also conferred with ‘Sword of Honour’.
Rawat has also received education from Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington and completed the Higher Command Course at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
He has an MPhil degree in Defence Studies as well as diplomas in Management and Computer Studies from University of Madras.
He was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy by Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut for his research on military-media strategic studies.
Rawat was admitted into the 5th battalion of 11 Gorkha Rifles on 16 December 1978, the same unit his father was a part of. As a major, He commanded a company in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.
As a Colonel, he commanded the 5th battalion 11 Gorkha Rifles, in the Eastern sector along the Line of Actual Control at Kibithu. As a Brigadier, he commanded 5 Sector of Rashtriya Rifles in Sopore.
He then commanded a multinational Brigade in a Chapter VII mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) where he was twice awarded the Force Commander’s Commendation.
After promotion to Major General, Rawat took over as the General Officer Commanding 19th Infantry Division (Uri). As a Lieutenant General, he commanded III Corps, headquartered in Dimapur before taking over the Southern Army in Pune.
He also held staff assignments which included an instructional tenure at the Indian Military Academy (Dehradun), General Staff Officer Grade 2 at the Military Operations Directorate, logistics staff officer of a Re-organised Army Plains Infantry Division (RAPID) in central India, Colonel Military Secretary and Deputy Military Secretary in the Military Secretary’s Branch and Senior Instructor in the Junior Command Wing.
He also served as the Major General General Staff (MGGS) of the Eastern Command.
After being promoted to the Army Commander grade, Rawat assumed the post of General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Southern Command on 1 January 2016. 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 him as the 27th Chief of the Army Staff, superseding two more senior Lieutenant Generals, Praveen Bakshi and P. M. Hariz.
He took office of Chief of Army Staff as the 27th COAS on 31 December 2016, after retirement of General Dalbir Singh Suhag.
He is 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.
On December 31, 2019 General Bipin Rawat took the office of Chief of Defence Staff and became the first ever CDS of India.
On his visit to the United States in 2019, General Rawat was inducted to the United States Army Command and General Staff College International Hall of Fame. He is also the honorary General of Nepalese Army.
Rawat has also been conferred Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal and the COAS Commendation on two occasions and the Army Commander’s Commendation.