Courtesy : Smriti Irani Instagram
It was only a few hours ago when it was reported that CDS Gen Bipin Rawat passed away in a chopper crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. An array of celebrities have been posted their condolence messages and one of them is former actor and current Minister of Women and Child Development in the Union Cabinet of India, Smriti Zubin Irani.
Irani took to her Instagram handle to share a long note expressing her grief and paid condolences to the CDS General and his wife. She shared a happy picture with him and wrote a note to honour his work, share all about their bond and express gratitude for his good work for the country.
Her note read, “We met formally 7 years ago, a military man & a minister .. in these 7 years every time we caught up .. it seemed like we had known each other for decades .. can I call him a brother or a friend .. maybe not for such is his legend that I would always think of him as my Chief . From taking a vow to make our armed forces self reliant in high altitude clothing & other textile components to engaging on issues which had a social impact , mine is the blessing for all the conversations I had the privilege of indulging in with General Rawat have left me enriched.We took a selfie.. unusually so.. coz ‘Kay pata’.. that’s all we said when we took this photograph maybe 2 years ago .. though time flew then .. it stopped when I heard of the crash .. I know he will greet this message with a smile wherever he is .. Carry on Chief .. you leave me with great memories , you leave behind many admirers, many who are grateful for your service to this great Nation of ours.. till I see you again …. and fight with you for you left too soon .Om Shanti #generalrawat #cds condolences to those who lost their loved ones.”
As reports suggest, General Bipin Rawat was on his way to the Defence Staff College in Wellington along with his wife and Armed Forces personnel. Out of the 14 people on board, only Gp Captain Varun Singh survived. He is currently undergoing treatment at the Military Hospital in Wellington.
Several politicians including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and many others have expressed grief at his shocking demise.