Laxminarayan Ramdas

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Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas served as Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian navy taking the reins on November 30, 1990. He was born on September 5, 1933 (age 81), and commissioned in the Indian navy on September 1, 1953. He served as Aam Aadmi Party's internal lokpal.[1]


Ramdas was trained as a communication specialist in the Royal Naval Staff College in the United Kingdom. He then went on to head in the Naval Academy in Kochi, Kerala. One of his major accomplishments was the reconnaissance and interdiction of enemy vessels and bombing of East Pakistan during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. Among the awards he won during his time in the Indian were: Vir Chakra, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal.[2] He is also a keen sports person, enjoying cricket, golf and quite naturally yachting. For his efforts in trying to demilitarise and denuclearize South Asia, he was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award for peace in 2004. He was against establishment of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu by congress government which was being established without popular support [3]


After retirement, Ramdas took up residence near the beach city of Alibag, Maharashtra. He was part of the group which filed a PIL in the Supreme Court of India against the appointment of the then Lt. Gen. Bikram Singh for the post of Chief of Army Staff.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Ramdas is married to Lalita Ramdas, who has served as the chair of Greenpeace International.[5] Their daughter, Kavita Ramdas is the country representative of the Ford Foundation in India.


  1. ^ "Official website of Aam Aadmi Party". Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM, ADC". Indian Navy Information Resource and Facilitation Centre. February 21, 2005. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Citation for Laxminarayan Ramdas and Ibn Abdur Rehman". Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. August 31, 2004. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Retired navy chief Admiral L. Ramdas challenges 'next' army chief". 
  5. ^ "WANMEC-Women Peacemakers by Name". Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Jayant Ganpat Nadkarni
Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Vijai Singh Shekhawat