Lt. Gen Anil Chauhan takes up the post of Chief of Defence Staff India

by Subhechcha Ganguly

The government of India announced on Wednesday that Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan (retd), a former commander of the Eastern Army and military adviser to the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), will be the country’s next chief of defence staff (CDS). Lt Gen. Anil Chauhan was born on May 18, 1961, and graduated from both the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun and the National Defense Academy in Khadakwasla.
In 1981, he received a commission with the Indian Army’s 11 Gorkha Rifles.

The leader, who had the rank of Major General, oversaw an Infantry Division in Northern Command’s crucial Baramula area.He later oversaw a corps in the North East while serving as a lieutenant general. From September 2019 until his retirement from the military in May 2021, he served as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command.

With effect from the date he assumes command, Lt Gen Chauhan will also serve in the capacity of Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Military Affairs.General Bipin Rawat passed away on December 8 of last year, leaving the position empty. He was 63 years old.

The first Chief of Defence Staff of India, General Rawat, and his wife perished when a military helicopter crashed in Tamil Nadu, killing all 13 people on board. An Air Force Group Captain who was the sole survivor eventually passed away from serious burns.The officer held significant staff positions, including the position of Director General of Military Operations, in addition to these leadership postings.

The officer had previously worked for a UN mission in Angola. On May 31, 2021, the officer retired from the Indian Army.General Rawat, a renowned general, was personally chosen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to serve as CDS in late 2019 with the goal of reorganising India’s army, air force, and navy into a unified, modern force with American-style joint theatre commands. He assumed leadership in January 2020.

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