New Delhi, July 30: July 31, 2014 will be a historic day in the history of the Indian army as the son of a retired Subedaar (foot soldier) will take over as the 26th Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS).
The incumbent Army Chief General Bikram Singh is all set to retire on July 31. He will be replaced by the Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag.
Suhag will be the second army officer after the Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, to serve as the Indian army chief from the Gorkha Rifles.
A report said that Suhag's younger brother Dharambir Suhag and his two brtother-in-laws are also senior ranking officers in the Army.
Brush with controversy
In 2012, when the present MP General VK Singh was the Army Chief, then Suhag was heading the Eastern Command in Dimapur, Nagaland.
Singh had imposed the Discipline and Vigilance (DV) ban against Suhag for an alleged botched up military intelligence operation by a unit under him in Jorhat, Assam. He was also against Suhag's appointment as the next Army Chief.
The ban against Suhag was revoked by Gen Bikram Singh, when he took over as the Army chief, paving the way for his elevation.
Lt Gen Ravi Dastane had alleged favouritism in the selection of Lt Gen Suhag as the next Army Chief. But in July 2014, the Supreme Court had cleared Suhag's appointment.
Lets glance through some of the pics of Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag and know more about his life and unknown facts:
Suhag's humble beginnings...
Suhag hails from a Jat family of Bishan village at Jajjhar district in Haryana.
From son of a retired Subedar to the Indian Army Chief
His father Ramphal Singh Suhag was a Subedaar in the Indian Army. Suhag's father retired as a Major Subedaar from the Cavalry regiment.
Suhag family's two previous generations have served at junior ranks in the Indian army. He is married to Mrs Namita Suhag, a Political Science graduate from the Delhi University.
After completing his primary education from his village school, Suhag studied at an Army school in Chittorgarh district in Rajasthan.
Got selected in NDA
In 1970, Suhag got selected in the National Defence Academy (NDA), that was an unforgettable moment for his family.
In 1974, he was commissioned as an officer in the 5th battalion of the 5 Gorkha Rifles.
Major career achievements
Suhag has been a part of many major army operations including Operation Pawan against Sri Lanka, where he was appointed as the Company Commander. He also led the 53 infantry brigade from front.
Suhag is said to be very conscious about his physical fitness. He daily runs for 10 kilometres. Besides, he also takes out time to play golf.
The 6 feet 1 inch tall Suhag's body weight is 75 Kgs.
Suhag prefers home cooked food with desi ghee. Recently, in an interview, his mother Ishri Devi told that Suhag likes eating home made sweets and breakfast prepared by her.