NEW DELHI: Days after taking charge of the Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat has vowed to continue his predecessor’s protest against ‘blatant lack of recognition’ by wearing what he described as an ‘atrocious hat’ just like Gen (R) Dalbir Singh Suhag.
Talking exclusively to Khabaristan Times, the new Indian Army Chief said that the protest that was initiated by Gen (R) Dalbir will continue under the new regime till Indians ‘learn how to thank Army Chiefs properly.’
“Considering the ever increasing population of nationalists, nay jingoists, in India and the mass opinion about the Army, one would think that the Army Chief would be treated with more respect,” Gen Rawat confessed. “But no, it’s been three days since I took over and I’m pretty sure no one on an average street would know who I am. It’s just sad.”
Gen Rawat revealed that when he went for his first haircut on Sunday for the New Year’s, his barber actually asked him for money.
“I was shell shocked!” he said. “I’m your bloody saviour, and you’re going to ask me for 45 rupees?”
The new Indian Army Chief said his predecessor spent his two-and-a-half years in charge of the Indian Army experiencing similar snubs.
“Gen Rawat shared his frustration with me when no one seems to asking for his extension last month. I mean he supervised over the surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir for crying out loud!” Gen Rawat exclaimed.
Talking to Khabaristan Times, Gen (R) Dalbir said the rot was much deeper.
“When I took over in July 2014, there were other people in our profession who had exclusive hashtags dedicated to them on a daily basis. Of course, we never expected the level of perks they enjoyed, but there comes a time when you start feeling insignificant despite doing a really good job for your bosses. Trust me it’s a lot more than professional jealousy,” he said. “Okay fine, I never wanted to be treated like a monarch, or a godfather, but sometimes all one needs is a small thank you note. I wonder what it’s like to see your face on TV and newspapers all the time.”
Gen (R) Dalbir Singh said he initiated the ‘atrocious hat protest’ to put forward the rightful demands so that his predecessors never feel overshadowed by their peers, adding that he’s happy that General Rawat is ‘continuing the fight.’
“I’ll keep wearing it till #ThankYouBipinRawat becomes a top Twitter trend in India one day,” says Gen Bipin Rawat. “If not I’ll pass on the hat to the next Army Chief.”