Ajit Kumar Doval

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Ajit Kumar Doval
5th National Security Advisor
Assumed office
30 May 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Shivshankar Menon
Personal details
Born (1945-01-20) January 20, 1945 (age 69)
Village Ghiri Banelsyun of Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India
Residence New Delhi
Alma mater Rashtriya Military School Ajmer, Agra University, National Defence College
Website ajitdoval.blogspot.com

Ajit Kumar Doval is an Indian intelligence officer, serving as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's National Security Advisor since 30 May 2014. He was formerly the Director of the Intelligence Bureau (India) in 2004-05, after spending a decade as the head of its operations wing. He is the first police officer in India to be awarded the Kirti Chakra.

Early life[edit]

An Army officer’s son, Ajit Doval was born in(Ghidi-Banelsyun) Garhwal, Uttarakhand in 1945. He received his early education at the King George's Royal Indian Military College (now Rashtriya Military School) in Ajmer. He graduated with a master's degree in Economics from the University of Agra in 1967, obtaining the first position.

Police and intelligence career[edit]

Doval is an IPS officer from the 1968 batch of the Kerala cadre. He was actively involved in the anti-insurgency operations in Mizoram, Punjab and Kashmir.[1]

During the Mizo National Front (MNF) insurgency, Doval won over six of Laldenga's seven commanders. He spent long periods of time incognito with the Mizo National Army in the Arakan in Burma and inside Chinese territory. From Mizoram, Doval went to Sikkim where he played a role during the merger of the state with India.[2]

In Punjab he was behind the rescue of Romanian diplomat Liviu Radu and the success of Operation Black Thunder.[1] Doval was actually inside the Harimandir Sahib in Amritsar, Punjab, in 1989 during Operation Black Thunder, when security forces were charging in to flush out terrorists from there. He is said to have planned out the Punjab state elections of 1992.[citation needed]

Doval spent six years in Pakistan.[2] He went to Kashmir in 1990 and persuaded militants (like Kuka Parray) to become counter-insurgents targeting hardline anti-India terrorists.[3] This set the way for state elections in Jammu and Kashmir in 1996. Later, he was posted in the Indian High Commission in London, UK as a Minister.

Doval was India's main negotiator with the hijackers of Indian Airlines flight IC-814 in Kandahar in 1999.[1] Uniquely, Doval has the experience of being involved in the termination of all 15 hijackings of Indian Airlines aircraft from 1971-1999.[4] In the Headquarters, he headed IB’s operations wing for over a decade and was founder Chairman of the Multi Agency Centre (MAC) and Joint Task Force on Intelligence (JTFI).

After retirement[edit]

He retired from service on January 31, 2005 from the position of Director, Intelligence Bureau. He is held in high esteem as one of India's well-known Foremost analysts & commentators on strategic national and international issues. His writings have been published widely in International journals, domestic and international media, and he is known for its clear insight and vision for Indian and global security issues. He has spoken extensively nationally and internationally on strengthening Indian security apparatus and closer cooperation amongst security forces globally.

He is the founder Director of the Vivekananda International Foundation set up by the Vivekananda Kendra in December 2009.[5] Doval has remained actively involved in the discourse on national security in India. Besides writing editorial pieces for several leading newspapers and journals, he has delivered lectures on India’s security challenges and foreign policy objectives at several renowned government and non-governmental institutions, security think-tanks in India and abroad. In recent years, he has delivered guest lectures on strategic issues at IISS, London, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C, Australia-India Institute, University of Melbourne, National Defence College, New Delhi and the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie.[6][7] Doval has also spoken internationally at esteemed events globally, citing the ever increasing need of cooperation between the major established and emerging powers of the world.[8]

He has been appointed as India's fifth National Security Advisor (NSA) on Friday, May 30, 2014.


Doval was the youngest police officer ever to get the Indian Police Medal for meritorious service.[2] He got it after six years in the police (the norm is at least 17 years' service).[2] He was later awarded the President's Police Medal.

In 1988, Doval was awarded one of the highest gallantry awards, the Kirti Chakra, becoming the first police officer to receive a medal previously given only as a military honour.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d 'Bangladeshi infiltration is the biggest threat'. Rediff, 26 April 2006.
  2. ^ a b c d "Kandahar negotiator gets IB top post". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). July 8, 2004. 
  3. ^ "Ajit Doval, giant among spies, is the new National Security Adviser". 
  4. ^ IA's Terror Trail by Anil Sharma (2014)
  5. ^ "Terrorist threat and response capability - India a year after" Deccan Herald
  6. ^ Vivekananda International Foundation
  7. ^ Working in real time
  8. ^ [1][dead link]

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