Ajit Ku­mar Do­val ap­pointed as Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor


Ajit Ku­mar Do­val, for­mer In­tel­li­gence Bureau (IB) chief, has been ap­pointed as the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor to the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi. The ap­point­ment of the 69-year-old for­mer head of IB to the post of NSA is one of the first key ap­point­ments made by the new BJP Govern­ment.

Do­val is an IPS of­fi­cer of the 1968 batch from the Ker­ala cadre. He was the first po­lice of­fi­cer to be awarded the Kirti Chakra, a mil­i­tary medal awarded for valour for coura­geous ac­tion away from the field of bat­tle. He served in the In­dian mis­sion in Pak­istan for six years and was a key mem­ber of the In­dian team that ne­go­ti­ated with Pak­istani ter­ror­ists who hi­jacked an In­dian Air­lines flight IC-814 to Kan­da­har in 1999.

Do­val is per­ceived as a leg­endary fig­ure in in­tel­li­gence cir­cles for his role in com­bat­ing mil­i­tants and ter­ror­ists in Mi­zo­ram, Pun­jab and Jammu and Kash­mir. He led the oper­a­tion to res­cue Ro­ma­nian diplo­mat Liviu Radu af­ter he was kid­napped by Sikh ter­ror­ists in 1991 and was also in­volved in Oper­a­tion Black Thun­der which was car­ried out to flush out mil­i­tants from the Golden Tem­ple. He also headed the Multi Agency Cen­tre and Joint Task Force on In­tel­li­gence be­fore re­tir­ing from ser­vice in Jan­uary 2005.

Be­fore tak­ing up the post of NSA, Do­val was the Di­rec­tor of the Vivekananda In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion, a think tank. He reg­u­larly con­trib­uted ar­ti­cles for news­pa­pers and de­liv­ered lec­tures on se­cu­rity and for­eign pol­icy is­sues.

He suc­ceeds for­mer ca­reer diplo­mat Shivshankar Menon to be­come the fifth per­son to hold the post of NSA. The NSA’s post was cre­ated in 1998.

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