Who is General Narvane, who is expected to be India’s first ever Chief of Defence Staff?
Manoj Mukund Narvane will be replacing the current Army Chief Bipin Rawat. A recipient of the Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva medal, Narvane has earlier worked as a Brigadier in Assam and as an Inspector General Assam Rifles. Here is more about the new army chief.
Narvane is currently the second senior-most officer in the army. He has an experience of 37 years, as he moves to head the 1.3 million-strong Indian army.
Who is Manoj Mukund Narvane?
Narvane has worked in front end operations, including land borders and counter-insurgency.
Before he took charge as the vice-chief of the Indian Army, he was the head of the Eastern Army command, which, based in Kolkata, ensures safety in the LAC (Line of Actual Control) along the China border. He has played a role in improvement of Indo-China Army relationship.
Earlier, he has served as an Inspector General of Assam Rifles (North), and has knowledge of the northeastern states. Considering the current anti-CAA protests in Assam where the Army is deployed to control the situation, Narvana is expected to deal with the situation efficiently.
Narvane has commanded Corps in Ambala. He was also the head of the Army training command and has also dealt with counter-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir.
Before this, Narvane commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir and an infantry brigade on the eastern front. He was also part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka. He had served as India's defence attache at the Indian Embassy in Myanmar for three years.
Lt Gen Naravane is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy. He was commissioned into the 7th battalion, the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in June 1980.
The General is a decorated officer who has been awarded the 'Sena Medal' (Distinguished) for effectively commanding his battalion in Jammu and Kashmir.
He is also a recipient of the 'Vishisht Seva Medal' for his services as the Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) in Nagaland and the 'Ati Vishisht Seva Medal' for commanding of a prestigious strike corps.
His experience in sensitive regions like the China border, Pakistan border, Jammu and Kashmir, North-Eastern regions, is expected to help him handle the Indo-China Army conflicts, Jammu and Kashmir friction and the ongoing anti-CAA protests in the North-East better.