Speaking at a defence summit organised by a private media organisation in New Delhi, he termed ‘giving priority to long-termism and long-term gains’ as the main difference between the present government and the previous dispensations.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveiled a life-size statue of late General Bipin Rawat – the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) – at Tons Bridge School, Dehradun on Monday.
He paid floral tributes to General Rawat at the statue, terming him as a courageous soldier and a good human being, who will always be an inspiration to the future generations.
Recalling the incident when General Rawat was wounded due to a gunshot at a remote border post in J&K, the minister said the episode prompted the decorated officer to strengthen the functioning of the Indian Army near the Line of Control and Line of Actual Control when he was the Army Chief and later as the CDS.
General Rawat was a true symbol of the country’s military tradition, wherein a soldier, irrespective of the birth place, remains dedicated to the security of the nation, he added.
Mr Singh remembered the last moments of General Rawat, stating that it signified the true meaning of ‘Die with your boots on’.
“The demise of General Rawat is an irreparable loss to the nation. Even in his last moments, he was on duty, serving the nation. His commitment, dedication, and patriotism could be felt until the very end,” he added.
The minister added that General Rawat was appointed as the first CDS which is one of the most significant reforms in the military history of the country. The creation of this post reflects the government’s commitment towards bolstering the armed forces.
Mr Singh described ‘upholding the dignity of the soldiers and honouring their contribution’ as the duty of the government, asserting that “Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, we are honouring the valour and sacrifices of our soldiers.”
He emphasised that while the government is equipping the armed forces with state-of-the-art weapons/platforms, it has also constructed the National War Memorial in New Delhi to pay a fitting tribute to the bravehearts.