Dehradun, – In a solemn ceremony at The Tons Bridge School in Dehradun, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveiled a statue of India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat. During his address to students, Singh lauded Gen Rawat for bringing significant reforms to the Indian Army, marking a historic moment in its evolution.
Singh emphasized that the appointment of Gen Rawat as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was a pivotal reform in the Indian Army’s history, demonstrating the government’s commitment to empowering and respecting the armed forces. He highlighted the establishment of the National War Memorial as an expression of gratitude towards the armed forces and reiterated the government’s continuous efforts to equip soldiers with modern weapons and top-notch facilities.
“Civilizations survive because of the sacrifices of soldiers,” Singh declared, underlining the paramount role of the armed forces in ensuring the nation’s security. He praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership for maintaining the dignity of soldiers and acknowledging their contributions to the growth and safety of India.
Singh underscored the significance of role models in shaping the character of future generations, asserting, “Schools provide the platform where we can imbibe our role models. And when it comes to role models, who can be a better role model for children than General Bipin Rawat.”
The Defence Minister clarified that the statue was not just a tribute to Gen Rawat but also aimed at influencing present and future generations. He expressed confidence that the statue would serve as a source of inspiration for students, instilling values and a sense of duty towards the nation.
The ceremony was attended by dignitaries, military officials, and students, creating a poignant moment as the statue of Gen Bipin Rawat was unveiled, symbolizing the nation’s gratitude for his contributions to the Indian armed forces.