CHIEF AMONG THEM

India Today - - GLASS HOUSE -

East­ern army com­man­der Lt Gen. Praveen Bak­shi opted for the un­prece­dented move of serv­ing un­der his ju­nior, Gen. Bipin Rawat, who was ap­pointed army chief. The ru­mour mills in Delhi spec­u­lated about a gov­ern­ment of­fer of the first-ever post of Chief of De­fence Staff. The ge­n­e­sis lay in Gen. Bak­shi’s meet­ing with De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar on De­cem­ber 21. But while the gov­ern­ment is clear on a CDS, South Block of­fi­cials say there is nei­ther a dead­line yet for the ap­point­ment nor a guar­an­tee that Bak­shi will get the post. In­ci­den­tally, Bak­shi him­self dis­pelled such talk in his De­cem­ber 31 ad­dress to his men where he de­nied ei­ther ask­ing for or be­ing of­fered any­thing by the gov­ern­ment.

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