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Soldiers always remain dedicated to nation’s security: Rajnath Singh

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Defence Minister unveils statue of late General Bipin Rawat in Doon

By OUR STAFF REPORTER

Dehradun, 12 Feb: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveiled a life-size statue of the late General Bipin Rawat – the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) – at TonsBridge School, here, in the presence of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, here, today. He paid floral tribute to General Rawat at the statue, terming him a courageous soldier and a good human being, who would always be an inspiration for 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, 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.

Rajnath 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.

Singh 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.

The Minister described ‘upholding the dignity of the soldiers and honouring their contribution’ as the duty of the Government, asserting that “Under Prime Minister Shri 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 fitting tribute to the bravehearts.

Appreciating the idea of installing the statue inside the school premises, Singh stated that the objective is to take the stories of valour of the Armed Forces to the children and instill patriotism and dedication in them. “Statues hold a significant importance in our society and culture. It is a part of our rich heritage, which also serves as an inspiration for the future. Schools not only provide education but also shape the personality of students. Every child can learn from personalities such as Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, former President APJ Abdul Kalam and General Bipin Rawat and contribute to nation building,” he added.