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‘For Gen Rawat, there was never a moment to waste’

🔴 'Madhulika (Gen Rawat's wife) was a close friend and I still remember the time she had helped me set up a creche,' Kanitkar recalled. 'I still remember she had given me a plant when I retired and told me to keep it at my table at the varsity. It is still there.'

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune |
Updated: December 9, 2021 9:28:58 am
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Lt Gen (retd) Madhuri Kanitkar, who served as the first Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Medical) under the Chief of Defence Staff, remembered Gen Bipin Rawat as a man of clear thinking who would take swift decisions.

“He was the first CDS and I was the first principal staff officer appointed there. Apart from our association as my husband  and Gen Rawat were course mates, I got the opportunity of serving with him. During the pandemic he took quick decisions and often used to say there is not a ‘moment to waste’,” said Lt Gen(retd) Kanitkar, who is now V-C of Maharashtra University of Health Science.

Lt General (retd) Madhuri Kanitkar with late Mrs Madhulika Rawat.

“Madhulika (Gen Rawat’s wife) was a close friend and I still remember the time she had helped me set up a creche,” Kanitkar recalled. “I still remember she had given me a plant when I retired and told me to keep it at my table at the varsity. It is still there.”

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