P. V. R. Rao

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P. V. R. Rao
OccupationCivil servant, writer
Known forDefence Secretary (India)
AwardsPadma Vibhushan

Pattadakal Venkanna Raghavendra Rao was an Indian civil servant, writer and the sixth defence secretary of India.[1] He assumed office on 21 November 1962, the day the Sino-Indian War ended[2] and held the position until 3 April 1965. He was the author of three books, India's Defence Policy and Organisation Since Independence,[3] Defence without drift[4] and Red Tape and White Cap.[5] The Government of India awarded him Padma Vibhushan, the second highest Indian civilian award, in 1967.[6]

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  1. ^ "PVR Rao - Department Of Defence". mod.gov.in. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  2. ^ Das Gupta, Amit R.; Lüthi, Lorenz M. (3 November 2016). The Sino-Indian War of 1962 : new perspectives. London. ISBN 978-1315388939. OCLC 971247010.
  3. ^ Pattadakal Venkanna Raghavendra Rao (1977). India's Defence Policy and Organisation Since Independence. United Service Institution of India.
  4. ^ Pattadakal Venkanna Raghavendra Rao (1970). Defence without drift. Popular Prakashan.
  5. ^ Pattadakal Venkanna Raghavendra Rao (1970). Red Tape and White Cap. Orient Longmans.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards". Padma Awards. Government of India. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.

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Preceded by
O. Pulla Reddy
Defence Secretary (India)
Succeeded by
A. D. Pandit