A Gurkha Regiment officer, earlier commandant of the Eastern Army, currently the Vice Chief of Army, Lt. General Dalbir Singh Suhag will take charge today as the new Army Chief of India from outgoing Chief Gen. Bikram Singh.
Gen. Suhag is a native of Jhajjhar in Haryana and comes from a family of soldiers. His father, Rajpal Singh Suhag worked as an officer in the Air Force. “Our generations have been in the army. So he also had the desire to serve the nation. I was in the army, my grandfather and great grandfather were also in the army,” the proud father told, displaying medals earned by generations of their family.
The then army chief, Gen. Bikram Singh had questioned Suhag’s intelligence operation in Assam and imposed a ban on him creating a big controversy. SImilar controversy ensued when the recently outgoing UPA government proposed Suhag’s name as the Army Chief designate as the elections were upon the country and the opposition parties demanded the government to refrain from such serious decisions. But the newly coming NDA government’s Defense minister Arun Jaitley too decided to support Suhag’s elevation as the commander of the 13 lakh strong army of the nation.
Gen Suhag has the credit of participating in peace keeping operations in Sri Lanka, also in the counter insurgency operations in the Kashmir valley during 2003-2005.