The Government was well within its rights to appoint Lt Gen Bipin Rawat as the Chief of Army Staff.
Even in Pakistan, where the army actually runs the show, the prerogative of appointing the chief rests in the hands of the civilian government. This is how it should be. But the appointment left a bad taste in the mouths of many after the remarks of Lt Gen Pravin Bakshi surfaced.
Taken in conjunction with the controversies that rocked the nation when General VK Singh was Army chief, they are not a good sign for the health of one of the world’s largest armies.