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Army must remain secular, apolitical: Gen Bikram Singh

chandigarh Updated: Jun 01, 2012 12:29 IST

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Expressing his resolve to keep the Army a secular and apolitical force, new Army chief General Bikram Singh made it clear today that nothing will be brushed under carpet and all the issues will be dealt according to the rules.

After formally assuming the post of the chief of Army staff Gen Bikram Singh while talking to media persons said, "Let us continue to remain a secular, apolitical force and do our job the way it should be done."

Asked about the recent controversies, the Army chief said, "Nothing will be brushed under the carpet and we will go by the rule book."

In a cryptic response to a question regarding his approach in the given circumstances he said, "We need to look at the windscreen, not the back view mirror. We would not like to carry the baggage of the past."

Gen Bikram Singh was presented a ceremonial guard of honour in the south block lawns as he formally took over the reins of 1.3 million-strong Indian Army.

Defence minister AK Antony has suggested the Army chief and all his top officials to forget the bitterness of the past and move on without carrying the baggage of recent controversies.

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