Gen Bikram Singh is Indian Army chief

May 31, 2012, 12:40 IST | Agencies

Outgoing Gen VK Singh handed over the reins of the world's second largest standing army to Bikram Singh.

Gen Bikram Singh, an infantry officer, today took over as the 27th Indian Army chief from Gen VK Singh, who retired from service after a controversial 26 month tenure.

Bikram Singh, only the second Sikh to be elevated to the coveted top job, had to surmount many a hurdle, including a legal battle to deny him the opportunity to helm the world's second largest army. 
 
 

The new army chief: Bikram Singh (File photo: AFP)

He was till now the Kolkata-based Eastern Army Commander and will serve a 27-month tenure as army chief.
 
Commissioned in 1972 in the Sikh Light Infantry, Bikram Singh, 59, marks a generation shift in the army, being the first chief who has not seen action in a conventional war. The last conventional war India fought was in 1971 against Pakistan to liberate Bangladesh.

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