Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane will be the new Chief of the Indian Army. In September this year, he took the responsibility of Vice Chief of Army Staff. Lt Gen Naravane, who has had a long experience of operations and command, is the seniormost officer after the current Army chief, Gen Bipin Rawat.
The term of the current Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat ends on 31 December. In this way, on the occasion of New Year, the Indian Army will get a new chief. Earlier in September 2018, Lieutenant General Mukund Naravane was given the responsibility of important Eastern Command from the operation point of view. Since then, he was considered in the race for the next Army Chief.
After the retirement of Gen Bipin Rawat, who became the Chief of Army Staff on 31 December 2016, there were speculations that he would become Chief of Defence. The government is considering the appointment of Chief of Defence Staff as the unified command of the three services. The post with four-star position can be announced in the next few days.
The Indian Army is the land-based branch and the largest component of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Army, and it is commanded by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), who is a four-star general. Two officers have been conferred with the rank of field marshal, a five-star rank, which is a ceremonial position of great honour.
The Indian Army originated from the armies of the East India Company, which eventually became the British Indian Army, and the armies of the princely states, which finally became the national army after independence. The units and regiments of the Indian Army have diverse histories and have participated in a number of battles and campaigns across the world, earning many battle and theatre honours before and after Independence.