Bharat Ratna for Field Marshal Cariappa: 'Onus is on government', says Army Chief

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Days after the Army Chief called for Bharat Ratna to Field Marshal KM Cariappa, General Bipin Rawat has said that the final decision in this regard rests with the government.

He added, "Whatever is decided will be acceptable."

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat

When asked about the situation in Kashmir, General Rawat said that stone pelting incident have come down.

"Stone pelting incidents have come down to some extent. Army, BSF, CRPF, Jammu and Kashmir Police are working together in the state," he told the media on Friday.

General Bipin Rawat had on November 4 said it's time to recommend Field Marshal Cariappa for the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of India.

Cariappa was the first Indian commander-in-chief (C-in-C) of the Indian Army. He led Indian forces on the Western Front during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947. He is one of only two Indian Army officers to hold the five-star rank of field marshal. The other being Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. He was appointed commander-in-chief of the Indian Army in 1949.

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His distinguished military career spanned almost three decades. He was the first Indian military officer to attend the Staff College, Quetta, the first Indian to command a battalion, and was also one of the first two Indians selected to undergo training at the Imperial Defence College, Camberley, UK. He served in various staff capacities at various unit and command headquarters (HQ) and also at the General HQ, New Delhi. Before taking over as the C-in-C of the Indian Army, Cariappa served as the commander of the Indian Army's Eastern and Western Commands.

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