Ajit Kumar Doval is the brains behind India’s ‘offensive defense’ in response to Pakistan’s terrorist attacks. Ajit Doval is a 1968 batch Kerala cadre IPS officer who is the fifth and current National Security Adviser (NSA) to the Prime Minister of India. Ajit Doval is known as ‘James Bond of India’. Ajit Doval is a retired Indian Police Services (IPS) officer in the Kerala cadre and a former Indian intelligence and law enforcement officer.
Ajit Doval played an active role in suppressing terrorism and insurgency in various Indian states like Punjab and Mizoram. He has been involved in more than 15 hijackings of Indian Airlines for 28 years.
To this day in his outstanding service, there are several creditable achievements and records with his name. His current age is 77 years. Let us know some interesting facts about Ajit Doval.
- Ajit Kumar Doval was Born in Pauri Garhwal
Ajit Kumar Doval was born on January 20, 1945, in Ghiri Banelsyun village in Pauri Garhwal in a Garhwali family. His father, Major Gunananda Doval, was an officer in the Indian Army.
- Ajit Doval is awarded an honorary doctorate in science
Ajit Doval attended King George’s Royal Indian Military School (now Ajmer Military School) in Ajmer, Rajasthan. In 1967, from Agra University, he obtained a master’s degree in economics. In December 2017, Doval was awarded an honorary doctorate in science from the University of Agra.
‘Indian James Bond’
In 1968, Ajit Doval joined the Indian Police Service and was actively involved in anti-insurgency operations in Punjab and Mizoram.
According to police records, Ajit Doval, an IPS officer known as ‘Indian James Bond’, worked in Thalassery for a short period from January 2, 1972, to June 9, 1972.
However, during the Thalassery riots, the RSS was accused of destroying Muslims and their mosques. And the CPM came forward to protect the Muslim community. The riots, which began on December 28, 1971, lasted for only a few days and the young IPS officer was assigned to handle the riots.
However, he worked in Thalassery for five months, and later he joined the central service, which started his career as ‘Indian James Bond’.
- Crucial role in Kandahar hijack
Ajit Doval played a crucial role as one of the three negotiators in the release of passengers from the hijacked Indian plane IC-814 in Kandhar in 1999.
- Secret Operative in Pakistan
Ajit Doval lived in Lahore, Pakistan for seven years in Muslim disguise. While in the country, he befriended locals who went to the mosque and lived mainly among the Muslim population. Recognized as a master of psychological welfare, Ajit Doval also spied on Pakistan’s ISI as part of his work.
- Operation Blue Star
In Operation Blue Star, conducted in 1984, Doval demonstrated his critical intelligence and excellence in suppressing the Khalistani insurgency.
- Fifth National Security Advisor
After his retirement, Doval was appointed as India’s fifth National Security Advisor on May 30, 2014. In July 2014, he ensured the secure return of the 46 Indian nurses, trapped in a hospital in Tikrit, Iraq.
- The brains behind the Pakistan airstrikes
He is popular with Pakistan for his ideological shift in India’s national security policy. Indian national security policy has changed from defensive to defensive offensive to double squeeze tactics. According to reports, the 2016 Indian strike in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir was his brainchild.
- The youngest police officer
Ajit Doval was the youngest police officer to receive the Police Medal for his merit and service to the country. He received the award after completing 6 years of service in the police.
- First police officer to receive Kirti Chakra
In 1998, he was conferred with the highest gallantry award– Kirti Chakra. He was the first police officer to receive this award, which was earlier given as a military honor.
Today, India’s defense policy is more polished, sharper, and powerful because of Ajit Doval’s strategic vision and all these facts make him truly a great strategist as well as a well-deserving man to be the National Security Advisor of the nation.