Satish Nambiar

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Satish Nambiar VrC
Birth nameChenicheri Satish Nambiar
Born (1936-08-30) 30 August 1936 (age 84)
Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
Service/branchIndian Army
Years of service1956-1994
RankLieutenant General
Service numberIC-10018
UnitMaratha Light Infantry
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistan War of 1965
Indo-Pakistan War of 1971
Yugoslav Wars
AwardsPadma Bhushan
Vir Chakra
RelationsBrother - Vijay Nambiar
Daughter — Rekha
Son — Rajesh
Other workDistinguished Fellow of IDSA

Lieutenant General Chenicheri Satish Nambiar VrC is a retired Indian general. He was the first Force Commander and Head of Mission of UNPROFOR, the United Nations Protection Force in the former Yugoslavia during 1992-93. He is the elder brother of former UN Under-Secretary-General Vijay Nambiar.

Early life[edit]

Lt Gen Nambiar was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) on 30 August 1936, to Kunhananthan Nambiar and Chenicheri Devikutty.[citation needed] He was educated mostly in Poona (present-day Pune) and Bombay, and is an alumnus of St. Xavier's College, Bombay.[citation needed] He was an Under Officer with the National Cadet Corps, and joined the 20th regular course of the Indian Military Academy.[citation needed]

Military career[edit]

During 1977-1979, Nambiar was a part of the Indian Army Training team in Iraq. During 1983-1987, he worked as a Military Adviser at the High Commission of India, London.[1]

He also worked as the Director General of Military Operations in India. He was the first Force Commander and Head of Mission of the United Nations forces in Yugoslavia. He retired as the Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (India) in 1994.[2]

After retirement[edit]

After his retirement, Nambiar worked as a researcher and author on topics related to war, defence strategy and international relations. He served on the United Nations High Level Panel on "Threats, Challenges and Change", which provided basis for the UN Secretary General's report to the 2005 World Summit. Since 2011, he is a distinguished fellow of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.[1]


Military Decorations[edit]

Ati Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Vir Chakra ribbon bar.svg India General Service Medal 1947.svg
IND Samar Seva Star Ribbon.svg IND Poorvi Star Ribbon.svg IND Paschimi Star Ribbon.svg IND Raksha Medal Ribbon.svg
IND Sangram Medal Ribbon.svg IND Sainya Seva Medal Ribbon.svg IND High Altitude Medal Ribbon.svg IND Videsh Seva Medal Ribbon.svg
IND 25th Anniversary Independence medal.svg IND 30 Years Long Service Ribbon.svg IND 20YearsServiceMedalRibbon.svg IND 9YearsServiceMedalRibbon.svg
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal Vir Chakra General Service Medal
Samar Seva Medal
Poorvi Star
Paschimi Star
Raksha Medal
Sangram Medal
Sainya Seva Medal
High Altitude Service Medal
Videsh Seva Medal
25th Anniversary of Independence Medal
30 Years Long Service Medal
20 Years Long Service Medal
9 Years Long Service Medal


  • Satish Nambiar; Chandar S. Sundaram; Rana Chhina (2009). For the Honour of India: A History of Indian Peacekeeping. Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research, United Service Institution of India. ISBN 978-81-902097-8-6.
  • UN High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change (2004). A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility : Report of the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change. United Nations Publications. ISBN 978-92-1-100958-3.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)


  1. ^ a b "Nambiar, Satish". The University of Queensland. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Biographical Data: Satish Nambiar" (PDF). United Nations. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 October 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Vir Chakra Awardee: Lt Col Satish Nambiar, AVSM, VrC". The War Decorated Trust. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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Military offices
Preceded by
First Appointee
Commander UNPROFOR
Succeeded by
Lieutenant General Lars-Eric Wahlgren (Sweden)