New Delhi: Indian Army on Tuesday got a new chief as Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane took over as the 28th Army chief. He succeeded General Bipin Rawat whose three-year term also ended today. Prior to talking this new role, Naravane was the Vice Chief of Army Staff.
With Naravane becoming the next chief of the Army Staff, all the three services Chiefs including Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh would be from the 56th course of the National Defence Academy.
Naravane’s appointment as Chief of Army Staff carries much significance in the wake of continuous ceasefire violations from Pakistan side along the LoC. On the other hand, the bilateral relationship between two neighbouring countries have also been affected post the abrogation of Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Naravane is a Sikh Light Infantry officer and was the Chief of the Eastern Command in Kolkata prior to moving to Delhi to take charge as Vice chief of Army Staff.
Having vast experience in Counter-Insurgency Operations in Kashmir and Northeast India, Naravane got into 7th Sikh Light Infantry in June 1980.
To his credit, Naravane had commanded a Rashtriya Rifles battalion in Jammu and Kashmir and was the Inspector General of Assam Rifles as a Major General.
Nearly 37 years in the service, Naravane has served in a number of command and staff appointments in peace, field and highly active counter-insurgency environments in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast.
He has also worked overseas and was part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka and had served as India’s defence attache at the Indian Embassy in Myanmar for three years.
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, he was also honoured with ‘Param Vishisht Seva Medal’ for his distinguished services as the GOC-in-C of the Army Training Command.