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Meet our new Indian Army Chief, Dalbir Singh
General Dalbir Singh, new Army Chief, is a son of the soil. Born in a village in district Jhajhar, Haryana, Dalbir was a seven year old boy when the Indo-China war took shape in 1962. On returning from the village school, he would sprint to the chaupal to keep himself abreast of the war news from the front.

Deeply disappointed with the battles lost and Jawans killed, he made up his mind to join the Army to retrieve the honour of the fighting man. After all, his father and grandfather too had been infantry soldiers and young Dalbir wished to carry the flag forward.

He did it. He was admitted to Sainik School Chittorgarh, Rajasthan where his military ambitions were bolstered. The citadel of Chittor was a reminder of the guns and glory of Rajputs of era gone by and names of Maharana Sanga and Maharana Pratap rang bells in his ears and encouraged him to fight to finish and achieve his aim.

The rigorous training at the National Defence Academy, Kharakvasla and the Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun put him through his paces. Dalbir turned out to be a fine young officer of 5 Gorkha Rifles and a fine horse rider too. Looked dashing and handsome in his Gorkha hat, never mind his transfer to 8 GR, Known as Sam Manekshaw's own, he still was entitled to wear the Gorkha hat. When General Dalbir Singh received the baton from the outgoing Chief, his regiment added another feather to its hat in having produced two Army Chiefs. A rare honour indeed!

Romance was never far from young Captain Dalbir, who saw Namita in New Delhi through a friend and fell for her. He gave green signal to his family and his father, Sub Maj Chudhary Ram Phal Singh and mother Ishri Devi made all procedural arrangements for the wedding that was solemnized in 1984.

Dalbir and Namita, now in their 50s, make a loving couple like the 'Just Married ones.' The secret of success in life lies in only one talking at a time and the other listening. The disciplinary rule does not apply to the family pet, Juno who has the liberty to bark as and when he wishes.  Gen Dalbir Singh says that " Juno helps me unwind completely". Indeed, of late, he has been needing it more than ever before.

June 1974 was when young Dalbir was commissioned as a second lieutenant to 1st August 2014 when he received the Guard of Honour on the South Block lawns, the journey on the military road has been both bumpy and smooth. Life is like that. There is joy in shooting the ball, it may touch the goal net, and it may not. That indeed is the sportsman spirit and General Dalbir Singh has been imbibing it right from the village chaupal, through the Chetwode hall right upto the seat of the Government of India – and now he stands atop as India's Army Chief.

Dharma of General Dalbir Singh Suhag is to defend Bharat from external aggression and internal turmoil and he is sworn to do so. On assuming the August office of Army Chief and as Commanding General of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army, General Suhag made it crystal clear that force will be met with force. If an incident of ugly aggression across the border takes place "response to any such act will be more than adequate, intense and immediate", said our new Army Chief General Dalbir Singh. That is the Sportsman Spirit indeed. 

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