Why Ajit Doval is the best NSA Chief India could ever get
Doval was born in 1945 to a Garhwali family in the village of Ghiri Banelsyun in Pauri Garhwal in the erstwhile United Provinces, now in Uttarakhand.Ajit Doval was a Deputy Director of the Intelligence Bureau, in-charge of operations.
Doval joined the IPS in 1968 in the Kerala cadre. He was actively involved in anti-insurgency operations in Mizoram, Punjab. Doval was one of three negotiators who negotiated the release of passengers from IC-814 in Kandahar in 1999.In the Headquarters, he headed IB's operations wing for over a decade and was founder Chairman of the Multi Agency Centre (MAC), as well as of the Joint Task Force on Intelligence (JTFI).During the Mizo National Front (MNF) insurgency, Doval won over six of Laldenga's seven commanders.In Punjab he was behind the rescue of Romanian diplomat Liviu Radu. He was inside the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1989 during Operation Black Thunder.Doval retired in January 2005 as Director, Intelligence Bureau. In December 2009, he was the founder Director of the Vivekananda International Foundation, a think tank set up by the Vivekananda Kendra, a Spiritually Oriented Organisation. Doval has remained actively involved in the discourse on national security in India.
On 30 May 2014, Doval was appointed as India's fifth National Security Adviser.In June 2014, Doval played a crucial role in ensuring secure return of 46 Indian nurses who were trapped in a hospital in Tikrit, Iraq. After the family members lost all contacts from these nurses, following the capture of Mosul by ISIS. Doval, on a top secret mission flew to Iraq on 25 June 2014 to understand the position on the ground and make high-level contacts in the Iraqi government.Although, the exact circumstances of their release are unclear, on 5 July 2014, ISIS militants handed the nurses to authorities at Erbil city and two specially arranged planes by Indian Government brought them back home to Kochi.
Awards and recognitions
- Doval was the youngest police officer ever to get the Police Medal for meritorious service. He got it after six years in the police (the norm is at least 17 years' service).
- He was later awarded the President's Police Medal.
- In 1988, Doval was awarded one of the highest gallantry awards, the Kirti Chakra, becoming the first police officer to receive a medal previously given only as a military honour.
Pakistan worries about Ajit Doval's appointment as National Security Adviser
- During Operation Black Thunder, Doval was inside the Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar. He masqueraded as a Pakistani agent and met the Khalistani militants. He is said to be the man behind the success of Operation Black Thunder and the rescue of Romanian diplomat Liviu Radu who was kidnapped by Sikh militants.
- Doval also served in Pakistan when J N Dixit was India's High Commissioner there and spent six years there. Doval also persuaded Kashmiri militants like Kuka Parray to turn to counterinsurgency and target anti-India forces. This laid the way for elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
- He was posted in the Indian High Commission in London,UK as a Minister.
- He is a strong advocate of centralised organisation to counter terrorismand to push for a National Counter Terrorism Centre and a POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) like legislation.
- He was the director of Vivekananda International Foundation, think-tankwith centre-right leanings. Nripendra Mishra, newly appointed Principal Secretary to Narendra Modi is also a member of this highly respected think tank.