Ajit Doval, Cabinet rank: India’s top SPY master, 16 Intriguing Facts

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Ajit Doval, Cabinet rank: India's top SPY master, 16 Intriguing Facts
Ajit Doval, Cabinet rank: India's top SPY master, 16 Intriguing Facts

Ajit Doval has become the first national security adviser in India to be granted a fresh term, and his rank has been upgraded to that of a cabinet minister.

Doval, a retired IPS officer who had the rank of a minister of state in his first term as the national security boss, will now be on a par with external affairs minister S. Jaishankar and other cabinet ministers.

An order from the department of personnel, dated June 2, said: “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment as NSA with effect from May 31, 2019. His appointment will be co-terminus with the term of the Prime Minister. During the term of his office, he will be assigned the rank of Cabinet minister in the Table of Precedence.”

Only one name comes to our mind when we talk about spy missions in India: Ajit Doval. His tactful strategies are every terrorist’s nightmare and his words are more harmful than bullets. He is currently India’s National Security Advisor and mastermind behind the creation and execution of every spy operation undertaken by our intelligence sleuths. So who is he? And, why is he so integral to the security fabric of the country? Let us know:

In June 2014, Doval played a vital role in ensuring the secure return of 46 Indian nurses from ISIS hands.

Doval was India’s main negotiator with the hijackers of Indian Airlines flight IC-814 in Kandahar in 1999.

He lived as an undercover agent in Pakistan for seven years.

Doval posed as a Pakistani spy and collected info from Khalistani militants before ‘Operation Blue Star’.

He was actively involved in the anti-insurgency operations in Mizoram, Punjab and Kashmir.

Doval is credited with persuading hardcore Kashmiri militant Kuka Parray to become counter-insurgent.

He worked for six years in the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan.

On January 31, 2005, Doval retired from the position of Director, Intelligence Bureau.

He is the founder director of the Vivekananda International Foundation.

 A Garhwali by birth, Doval has a military background.

He is an IPS officer from Kerala Cadre’s 1968 batch.

He is the youngest police officer ever to get the Police Medal for meritorious service.

In 1988, Doval was awarded India’s second highest peacetime gallantry awards – the Kirti Chakra.

On May 30, 2014, he was appointed as India’s fifth National Security Advisor.

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