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Rasoolan Bibi is like mother: General Bipin Rawat

Army chief General Bipin Rawat unveiled a memorial in honor of Param Vir Chakra Awardee the late Abdul Hamid at Dhamupur village, his native place, to mark 52nd anniversary of his martyrdom.

lucknow Updated: Sep 11, 2017 17:26 IST
Sudhir Kumar
Sudhir Kumar
Hindustan Times,Dhamupur
Rasoolan Bibi,Army chief General Bipin Rawat,Vir Abdul Hamid
Army chief General Bipin Rawat touched the feet of Rasoolan Bibi, the widow of Vir Abdul Hamid, at an event at Dhamupur in Ghazipur.(HT Photo)

Army chief General Bipin Rawat touched the feet of Rasoolan Bibi, the widow of Vir Abdul Hamid, at an event at Dhamupur in Ghazipur district to mark the 52nd anniversary of his martyrdom. He also felicitated her and described her as more like his mother.

General Rawat’s move drew the attention of one and all in the crowd which cheered enthusiastically.

In an exclusive chat with HT on the sidelines of the event, General Rawat said, “Rasoolan Bibi is more like a mother. During the felicitation, I felt as if I were felicitating my mother. Therefore, I bowed before her and touched her feet as a mark of respect. It is a matter of great joy and respect to see her on this occasion.”

The army chief revealed that Rasoolan Bibi visited his place in New Delhi three months ago and invited him to the event.

“I promised her I would come to Dhamupur. I am quite thankful to Rasoolan Bibi for inviting me to the event as it gave me an opportunity to see the land of bravehearts,” he said.

As General Rawat spoke to her and saluted her on the dais, Rasoolan Bibi looked at the chief of Army staff affectionately. She stood up and presented a memento to him. She wished him good luck and gave her blessings while General Rawat looked at her in reverence.

Rasoolan Bibi asked the general, “Babu (a term used by locals to address younger people), did you drink water and did you eat anything?” The general nodded. His wife Madhulika Rawat also interacted with Rasoolan.

Rasoolan Bibi told HT, “General Rawat is like my son. He touched my feet. This is a great honour for me. I gave my blessings to General. He will succeed on all fronts. I am quite delighted that he visited my place on my invitation. He kept his word.”

She revealed that when she visited Army chief in New Delhi, he gave her great respect. “He is very good at heart. Youngsters should learn from the General. How polite he is and how humble he is,” she said.

Rasoolan asked other Army officials to have snacks.

General Rawat said that he was proud to visit Dhamupur where a braveheart like Abdul Hamid was born.

Addressing the gathering, Rawat lauded contributions of Ghazipur district to the armed forces. General Rawat exhorted the youths to join hands for development and security of the nation.

First Published: Sep 11, 2017 17:26 IST