A conversation with General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff, Indian Army, on the security challenges and opportunities in the region.
In this wide-ranging discussion, General Naravane, who has been the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army since 2019 and has amassed a wealth of operational and staff experience, including serving in Jammu and Kashmir and on peace missions in Sri Lanka, offered his thoughts on the security situation facing India and its neighbourhood, a region of great and increasing importance for UK and allied defence thinking.
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An alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy, General MM Naravane was commissioned in the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in June 1980. He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Higher Command Course, Mhow. The General holds a Master’s Degree in Defence Studies, and is currently pursuing his doctorate. In a distinguished military career spanning almost four decades, he has served in some of the most challenging positions. After successfully commanding the Army Training Command, Shimla and the Eastern Command in Kolkata, he held the post of Vice Chief of the Army Staff before assuming the role of Chief of the Army Staff on 31 Dec 2019.