NEWS ARMY CHIEF
NEW DELHI: Lt General Manoj Mukund Naravane will be the next Chief of Army in India. Incumbent General Bipin Rawat completes his three-year-term on December 31. He is likely to be named as the first Chief of Defence Staff – a recently created post that remains unfilled. The Union Cabinet decided on the name of the new army chief and made the announcement on Monday after clearing due formalities.
Manoj Mukund Naravane was currently the vice chief of the Army staff; a post he took over in September this year. Formerly, he was the General Officer Commanding in Chief of the Eastern Command. Pune-based Naravane had his early education in Pune, followed by his joining in the National Defence Academy there and later at the National Military Academy in Dehradun. He has a Master’s degree in Defence Studies from University of Madras in Chennai.
It was on August 15 last that Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced from the ramparts of the Red Fort in his Independence Day address that the nation will soon have a central military commander. There is an eager wait for the past few months to know who this would be. The government is keeping its cards close to its chest, and it could be a surprise announcement any time now.
Manoj Mukund Naravane was first commissioned into the 7th Sikh Light Infantry in 1980. He has extensive counter-insurgency operations in both Kashmir and the North-East.
Wife is Veena, and the General likes Painting, Yoga and gardening as his pastime.
Veena is vice president of the Army women welfare association. The couple has two daughters. IHN-NN
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