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Am not hurt by comparison with General Dyer, says Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat

General Rawat said that such comparisons cannot affect an Army officer as he is always prepared to face such comments.
India TV News Desk New Delhi June 08, 2017 13:49 IST
India TV News Desk

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today said that he was not hurt over historian Partha Chatterjee comparing him with General Dyer, better known as the ‘butcher of Amritsar’.

General Rawat said that such comparisons cannot affect an Army officer as he is always prepared to face such comments.

"See, I am an Army officer, just anything cannot affect me. You have to be prepared to face such.... People can misinterpret (comments made by him)," General Rawat said. 

He was asked about academician Partha Chatterjee comparing him with General Dyer, who ordered firing at a crowd of protesters at Jallianwala Bagh of Amritsar on April 13, 1919, in which 379 people were killed. 

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"There is no need to react. He (Chatterjee) was trying to draw a reaction from somewhere else. It should not bother me," the General said. 

Asked if he was not hurt by the comparison, he said: "Not at all". 

He added that people should be left to judge. 

 

"People are the best judges; majority's decision will be right," he said.

(With IANS inputs)