SAM members pay tributes to Gen Bipin Rawat in a unique way


About 55 members of the Sainik Awas Of Mhow (SAM) paid tributes to the great son of the nation CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat along with eleven other warriors in the most unique way. Special prayers were held for the life and we'll being of Group Captain Varun who is undergoing treatment for severe burns and injuries that he received in this incident. All members are veterans retired from Army, Navy and Air Force. 

SAM President Col Ravi Batra said that all members wanted to pay tributes collectively but being people from the services, they had two things in mind. First was to organise the event and second was to follow the covid guidelines.

"All of us devised a unique way and as per the decision, the siren of Colonel's Academy school was blown exactly at 12 O'Clock noon at full volume. Two miniute silence was observed and siren again blew at 12.02 PM. Every member family paid tributes from their house only, thus the event was a collective one and at the same time, covid protocol was also followed", Col Batra said.

He said that Col Amit Sinha is the Secretary of the SAM while Col KK Sharma is the Treasurer. Among officers that had paid tributes is Brig MM Bhanot who happens to be the senior most of all members.

It is to be noted that Col KK Sharma and deceased Gen Rawat were coursemates at National Defence Academy (NDA) Pune from 1974 to 1977. Recalling about Rawat, Col Sharma told, “Gen Rawat had done Junior Command, Senior Command and Higher Command courses at the AWC and he had done his Young Officers course at Belgaum. Also, he was posted as Senior Instructor at the Junior Command Wing at AWC during 2008-09”.

“He had always been very energetic and physically very tough, because of which he was distinguished, both as an officer and a sportsman”, Sharma said.

Former MCTE commandant Lt Gen MG Datar told TOI, “When I got information about his accident through social media and news websites, I was sure that he will survive and come out in the same way as he did a decade ago when he was the General Officer Commanding of 3 Corps. At that time also, his chopper had crashed but was able to survive but this time destiny didn’t allow him to walk out of the chopper”.

Remembering about Rawat’s hardworking nature and commitment towards the work assigned to him, Datar said, “When I was ADG (Systems) as a Major General at Army HQ, Gen Rawat (then Col) was working under me on a project aimed at automation of information systems. Despite being an infantry officer, Rawat was such a member of my team who used to discuss on that innovation every time when he met me and used to remain at work for long hours”, said Datar.