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Who is Manoj Mukund Naravane?

General Manoj Mukund Naravane (born 22 April 1960) is an Indian Army General who is currently serving as the 27th Chief of the Army Staff (COAS). 

He took over from General Bipin Rawat on 31 December 2019 after the latter completed his term as the COAS. Prior to his appointment as the COAS, the general served as the 40th Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) of the Indian Army, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of Eastern Command, and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Army Training Command.

General M M Naravane frontrunner to be next Chief of Defence Staff

A new Chief of Defence Staff will be appointed soon and going by the recommendations and rules, Indian Army Chief, General M M Naravane is the frontrunner.

This became necessary following the death of Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat in an air crash on December 8. The appointment of a new CDS is likely to be made soon so that he can carry on the military reforms initiated by General Rawat to create theatre commands and also bring in jointness in the functioning of the Army, Indian Air Force and Navy.

The overall merit cum seniority is what would be considered before appointing a new CDS. The rules say that all service chiefs can be considered for the post. Its says that a General who can provide sound and single point advise to the government can be considered for the post of CDS.

Air Marshal B K Pandey, B K Pandey tells OneIndia that the senior-most among the three chiefs will take over. As it stands, Indian Army Chief, General M M Naravane is the senior-most among the three service chiefs.

Logically, he should take over. The government could either wait for General Naravane to retire as Army Chief and then make him CDS or appoint him right away.

When the rules have amended the age of superannuation for the CDS was made 65 years, Air Marshal Pandey also pointed out. The post of CDS was a first and his replacement would also be a first owing to an emergency, he also added.

Manoj Mukund Naravane Biography, Wiki

General Manoj Mukund Naravane PVSM AVSM SM VSM ADC is currently serving as the 27th Chief of the Army Staff (COAS). He succeeded General Bipin Rawat on 31 December 2019. 

General MM Naravane was born on 22 April 1960 in Pune, Bombay State, India. His father Mukund Naravane is a former officer in the Indian Air Force who retired in the rank of Wing Commander and his mother Sudha was an announcer with the All India Radio.

General Naravane received his schooling at the Jnana Prabodhini Prashala in Pune. He attended  National Defence Academy, Pune, Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the Army War College, Mhow. 

General MM Naravane holds an M.A. degree in Defence Studies from the University of Madras, Chennai and an M.Phil. degree in Defence and Management Studies from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Defence and Strategic Studies from  Punjabi University, Patiala.

Manoj Mukund Naravane Biography Wikipedia
Manoj Mukund Naravane
ProfessionArmy Personnel
Known forBeing the 28th Chief of the Army Staff of India
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt and Pepper
Defence Services
Service/BranchIndian Army
RankGeneral
Years of Service1980-Present
Unit• 7th Sikh Light Infantry
• Rashtriya Rifles
• Assam Rifles
• Strike Corps
• Eastern Command
Awards, Honours, Achievements• Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 2019

• Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, 2017

• Sena Medal, 2015

• Vishisht Seva Medal, 2015
Personal Life
Date of Birth22 April 1960 (Friday)
Age (as in 2019)59 Years
Zodiac SignTaurus
BirthplacePune, Bombay State, India
NationalityIndian
HometownPune, Maharashtra
SchoolJnana Prabodhini Prashala, Pune, Maharashtra
College• National Defence Academy, Pune
• Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
• The University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
• Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
• The Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Tamil Nadu
• Army War College, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh
Educational Qualification(s)• Graduation from the National Defense Academy
• Masters degree in Defence Studies from the University of Madras in Chennai
• M.Phil. in Defence and Management from the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya
ReligionHinduism
CasteMarathi Brahmin
HobbiesPainting, Gardening, Doing Yoga, and Playing Golf
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateNot Known
Family
WifeVeena Naravane (Teacher and the Vice President of the Army Wives’ Welfare Association)
ChildrenSon– None
Daughter(s)– 2
• Isha (Performing Artist)
• Amala (PR Consultant)
ParentsFather- Mukund Naravane (Air Force Officer)
Mother- Sudha Naravane (All India Radio Announcer)
SiblingsNone

Manoj Mukund Naravane Career

Naravane was commissioned into the 7th Battalion The Sikh Light Infantry in June 1980. In his distinguished military career spanning over 40 years, he served on various posts ranging from Inspector General (North) to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and is now the frontrunner for the post of CDS. 

MM Naravane commanded the 2nd Battalion (SikhLi) of Rashtriya Rifles in Jammu and Kashmir, 106 Infantry Brigade, and Assam Rifles as Inspector General (North) in Kohima, Nagaland. He also served in Counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast India and Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka during Operation Pawan.

His staff assignments include tenures as a Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, AA&QMG of Headquarters Establishment No. 22, military attaché to Myanmar at Yangon, instructional appointment at the Army War College, Mhow and two tenures at the Integrated Defence Staff Headquarters of Ministry of Defence, New Delhi.

After being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General, he commanded the Ambala-based Kharga Strike Corps and served as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Delhi Area. In his capacity as GOC, he commanded the 2017 Republic Day parade. 

On promotion to the rank of Army Commander grade, he served as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Army Training Command and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command. 

He was appointed Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) on 1 September 2019 and was elevated to the rank of COAS when General Bipin Rawat was made CDS on 31 December 2019. 

RankDate of Appointment
Lieutenant7 June 1982
Captain7 June 1985
Major7 June 1991
Lieutenant Colonel31 December 2002
Colonel1 February 2005
Brigadier19 July 2010
Major General1 January 2013
Lieutenant General10 November 2015
General (COAS)31 December 2019

Manoj Mukund Naravane Wife

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) is married to Veena Naravane and the couple have two daughters. Veena Naravane is a teacher with 25 years of experience and heads the Army Wives Welfare Association.

General Manoj Mukund Naravane with his wife Veena Naravane
General Manoj Mukund Naravane with his wife Veena Naravane

Manoj Mukund Naravane Awards

In a distinguished military career spanning over four decades, COAS General MM Naravane has been awarded various medals and honours. These are listed below.

1- Param Vishisht Seva Medal

2- Ati Vishisht Seva Medal

3- Sena Medal

4- Vishisht Seva Medal

5- Samanya Seva Medal

6- Special Service Medal

7- Operation Parakram Medal

8- Sainya Seva Medal

9- Videsh Seva Medal

10- 50th Anniversary of Independence Medal

11- 30 Years Long Service Medal

12- 20 Years Long Service Medal

13- 9 Years Long Service Medal

Manoj Mukund Naravane FAQ’s

Who is Manoj Mukund Naravane?

General Manoj Mukund Naravane (born 22 April 1960) is an Indian Army General who is currently serving as the 27th Chief of the Army Staff (COAS). 

How old is Manoj Mukund Naravane?

Currently, he is 61 years old.

Who is General Manoj Mukund Naravane’s wife?

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) is married to Veena Naravane and the couple have two daughters. Veena Naravane is a teacher with 25 years of experience and heads the Army Wives Welfare Association.

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