Lt. Gen. Anil Chauhan (Ret.) will take over as the new chief of the defence staff for India

Lt. General Anil Chauhan (Retired) PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM has been named as the new CDS, the Indian government said on Wednesday.


On September 28, the Indian government announced the appointment of Lt. General Anil Chauhan (Retired) PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM as the country’s new chief of defence staff (CDS). He follows the late General Bipin Rawat, who was the first CDS of India until he was killed in a helicopter crash in Coonoor, Kerala.

Who is Lt General Anil chauhan?

Lt. General 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. The officer also held important staff positions, such as the position of Director General of Military Operations. The officer had previously worked for a UN mission in Angola.

On May 31, 2021, the officer retired from the Indian Army. He kept making contributions to strategic and national security issues even after leaving the Army. Lt. General Anil Chauhan (Retired) received the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal, and Vishisht Seva Medal for his honourable and outstanding service in the Army.