India’s Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat seems to have forgotten military traditions.
Forgetting the Indian Navy Day, he went to another ceremony and became a special guest.
Sources said that Bipin Rawat did not lay flowers at the soldiers’ memorial on Naval Day on December 4.
As Chief of Defense Staff, Bipin Rawat is responsible for coordinating the three forces.
Harcharanjit Singh Panag (HS Panag) said about the Defense chief that Bipin Rawat ignores military tradition.
He added that Rawat has violated various military rules and regulations.
The former officer continued that Bipin’s move has raised the question over the apolitical nature of the Indian Army.
‘Over 120 warships deployed in Indian Ocean Region’
On the other hand, Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat said on Friday that there are over 120 warships of extra-regional forces deployed in the Indian Ocean Region in support of various missions.
“Most of the countries in the region are seeking to reap the economic dividends through improved connectivity and harnessing blue economy for which infrastructure is a pre-requisite. Residents’ powers and extra-regional power have shown a renewed interest in investing in infrastructure development in these countries to maintain and increase geopolitical influence,” General Rawat said while delivering a keynote address at the Global Dialogue Security Summit.
He added that recently there are over 120 warships of extra-regional forces deployed in the Indian Ocean Region in support of various missions.
“In recent years, China’s economy and military rise coupled with competition to increase the influence in the region has attracted a great deal of interest. At present, there are over 120 warships of extra-regional forces deployed in the Indian Ocean Region in support of various missions. Till now, the region, by and large, has remained peaceful albeit under contestation,” CDS Rawat said.
“In the military field, technology must be a means of deterrence not a source of destruction. Our approach to security hence needs to shift from unilateral to the multilateral mode which mandates increasing training engagements with partner nations to fortify future,” he said.
“Governance and security are under constant threat of being undermined by non-state actors and also naval competition among the states. To protect peace, prosperity, and sovereignty it is important for us to keep a sea line of communication secure at all times with a stronghold on the security dimension of this region,” General Rawat said.