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Quiet authority: Meet Gen Anil Chauhan, India's new Chief of Defence Staff

Lt Gen Anil Chauhan is known to express his views frankly, not necessarily adopting the conventional approach

Lt Gen Anil Chauhan
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Lt Gen Anil Chauhan

Ajai Shukla
India’s military has a new top man. Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Anil Chauhan, who assumed office on Friday as India’s second Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), will wear two additional hats: He will head the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) as Secretary; and he will also be the Permanent Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC). The other three members of the COSC will be the chiefs of the army, navy and the air force. 

In what might be his most weighty responsibility, Chauhan will also be the Principal Military Advisor to the defence minister on all tri-service matters

Chauhan, whose appointment as

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First Published: Sep 30 2022 | 10:15 PM IST

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