General Upinder Dwivedi Takes Command as New Indian Army Chief Latest News India

Infantry officer General Upendra Dwivedi, who has extensive experience in operations, took over the command of the Indian Army on Sunday.

Lt Gen Upinder Dwivedi arrived in New Delhi after a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah to review the security situation in Manipur. (File Photo) (ANI) (Sanjay Sharma)

The 30th Chief of the Indian Army hails from the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles and was the Vice Chief of Army Staff since February this year.

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He hails from Madhya Pradesh and studied at Sanek School Rewa (MP). He joined the prestigious National Defense Academy in January 1981 and was commissioned on 15 December 1984 in the 18th Battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, which he later commanded in the Kashmir Valley and the deserts of Rajasthan.

From his school days, he was an outstanding sportsman and excelled at both NDA and IMA, where he was awarded a Blue in Physical Training. He excelled even after his commission and was awarded a gold medal in the physical training course. The General Officer has a unique distinction of balanced exposure to diverse terrains and operational environments including deserts, high altitudes, riverine, built-up areas, North East and Jammu and Kashmir, along with Northern, Western and Eastern theatres.

He commanded his battalion in counter-terrorism operations in Kashmir valley and Rajasthan desert. He has served as Inspector General Assam Rifles as Major General and Sector Commander Brig. The Assam Rifles participated in intense counter-terrorism operations and held various staff command appointments in the Northeast, where it presented the first collection on Indo-Myanmar border management.

After that, he commanded the Rising Star Corps and the prestigious Northern Army along the Western Front from 2022-2024 in the most challenging operational environment. During his command, he provided strategic guidance and operational oversight for the planning and execution of sustained operations along the northern and western borders, in addition to conducting counter-terrorism mobilization in JK.

He was also involved in modernizing and equipping the largest command of the Indian Army, where he pushed for the inclusion of indigenous equipment as part of Atmanir Bhar Bharat. He worked with the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh to coordinate the results of nation building and infrastructure development.

He has various staff assignments, including handling the conventional operations of an armed brigade in the plains of Punjab, providing logistical support to a hill division in the northeast along the northern borders and operating a strike corps in the deserts. At IHQ Headquarters (Army), he played a leading role in the Military Secretary's Branch and was instrumental in raising a section in the Directorate of Military Operations.

Later, as DG Infantry, he expedited capital procurement of weapons for the three services, which significantly and significantly enhanced the capability of our armed forces. As Deputy Chief, he pushed for automation and absorption of certain technologies in the Indian Army. Being a tech enthusiast, he worked to raise the tech threshold of all ranks at the Northern Command and pioneered solutions based on critical and emerging technologies such as Big Data Analytics, AI, Quantum and Blockchain.

The officer's two overseas tours include Somalia, as part of HQ UNOSOM II and Seychelles, as Military Advisor to the Government of Seychelles. In addition, while attending the Staff College, Wellington and Higher Command Course at AWC, Mhow, the officer was awarded 'Distinguished Fellow' in the NDC equivalent course at USAWC, Carlisle, USA. Completing his illustrious military career, M.Phil. in Defense and Management Studies, in addition to two Master's degrees in Strategic Studies and Military Science, including one from USAWC, USA. He has authored/presented articles in various professional forums/journals.

He is married to Sunita Dwivedi, a science graduate, who is a housewife. Sunita Dwivedi is associated with Arushi, an institute for children with special abilities in Bhopal. The couple has two daughters who are working with NGOs.

This story was republished from a wire agency feed without editing the text. Only the title has been changed.

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