PVSM, AVSM, VSM
|Born||5 December 1940|
|Years of service||1959-2002|
|Unit||Regiment of Artillery|
|Commands held|| Southern Army
Director General Military Intelligence (DGMI)
|Awards||Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal
General Sundararajan Padmanabhan PVSM, AVSM, VSM (born 5 December 1940 in Thiruvananthapuram, Travancore), is a former Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army. Gen. Padmanabhan succeeded General V.P. Malik on September 30, 2000. He also served as Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.
He commanded an Infantry Brigade from December 1988 to February 1991 at Ranchi, Bihar and Punjab and was then appointed as the General Officer Commanding of an Infantry Division in Punjab from March 1991 to August 1992. He served as Chief of Staff, III Corps from September 1992 to June 1993. After his promotion to Lieutenant General, he was Commander of the XV Corps in the Kashmir valley from July 1993 to February 1995. It was during his tenure as the XV Corps Commander, that the Army made big gains over the militants in Kashmir and could even scale down its operations. He was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) for his services as the XV Corps Commander.
General Padmanabhan held the appointment of Director General Military Intelligence (DGMI) after the successful culmination of which, he took over as the GOC-in-C of the Northern Command at Udhampur on 1 September 1996. Before being appointed as the Chief of Army Staff, he was the GOC-in-C of Southern Command. He retired on 31 December 2002, after completing more than 43 years of distinguished military service. He has authored two books. He presently resides in Chennai.
Gen. Padmanabhan is also an author of Indian military fiction, including the 2004 novel Writing on the Wall, the plot of which involves India fighting a war simultaneously with Pakistan while improving relations with China.
Honours and awards
Ved Prakash Malik
|Chief of Army Staff
Nirmal Chander Vij
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