Team Victory India

Notable Members

Admiral Arun Prakash, PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM, ex CNS

Admiral Arun Prakash PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM is former Chief of the Indian Navy. As a young Lieutenant, during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war, he served with an Air Force squadron, flying fighter-bombers, and was awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry in air action over West Pakistan. He now writes and

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Admiral Arun Prakash, PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM, ex CNS

Lieutenant General Satish Nambiar, PVSM, AVSM, VrC & Padma Bhushan

Born in Mumbai on 30th August 1936, Lt Gen Satish Nambiar had his education in Pune and Mumbai. Commissioned on 15th December 1957 from the Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun, into the 20th Battalion of the Maratha Light Infantry, he saw active service in the country’s North-Western and North-Eastern

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Lieutenant General Satish Nambiar, PVSM, AVSM, VrC & Padma Bhushan

Air Marshal Narayan Menon, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, ex AOP, Air HQ

Air Marshal Narayan Menon, UYSM, AVSM, Flying (Pilot) was commissioned In the Indian Air Force as a Fighter Pilot on 25 Dec 64. He has 3147 h of accident free flying to his credit. He is a qualified flying instructor and a fighter combat leader. He has commanded a fighter

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Air Marshal Narayan Menon, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, ex AOP, Air HQ

Air Marshal Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale, PVSM, AVSM, VM

Air Marshal Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale, PVSM AVSM VM was commissioned into the Indian Air Force in June 1968 in fighter stream.  He has flown over 3500 hours on a variety of combat and trainer aircraft. The Air Marshal has seen active operations during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, on both Eastern

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Air Marshal Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale, PVSM, AVSM, VM

Lieutenant General RS Sujlana, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ex Comdt IMA

Former Commandant, IMA & Chairman, Punjab Public Service Commission. Major General RS Sujlana, was born in 1951 at Ambala and has done his schooling from Punjab Public School, Nabha. An alumunus of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, he has obtained Masters Degree in Defence studies from Madras University. He is a

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Lieutenant General RS Sujlana, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ex Comdt IMA

Lieutenant General Gautam Banerjee, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ex Comdt OTA

Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee (Retd) is a product of IMA Dehradun. He was commissioned on 13 June 1971 and served in all types of terrain along the Pakistan and Tibet border and participated in all active operations till his superannuation on 30 June 2011. Attended DSSC, HC and NDC Courses.

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Lieutenant General Gautam Banerjee, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ex Comdt OTA

Lieutenant General Ashok Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, ex DGMT

Lieutenant General Ashok Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, was active service in the mountainous terrain of Jammu and Kashmir, both during 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak conflicts. a graduate of the College of Military Engineering and the Defence Services Staff College, he has wide experience of combat engineering, counter-insurgency, instruction, staff work spanning

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Lieutenant General Ashok Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, ex DGMT

Major General GD Bakshi, SM, VSM

Major General Gagan Deep Bakshi SM, VSM (born 1950) is a retired Indian army officer. He is from the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles. He was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal for commanding a battalion in the Kargil War. Later, he was awarded the Sena Medal for distinguished service in commanding

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Major General GD Bakshi, SM, VSM

Major General Raj Mehta, AVSM, VSM

Major General Raj Mehta was commissioned in January 1969 in the   Armoured Corps from OTS Madras. He retired in June 2006 as the raising Chief of Staff of a Corps.  He has commanded an RR Sector in the Valley, an Armoured Brigade in the desert and an Infantry Division on

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Major General Raj Mehta, AVSM, VSM

Major General CD Sawant, AVSM, SM

Major General CD Sawant was commissioned in one of the most decorated and oldest Infantry Regiments of the Indian Army, The Maratha Light Infantry. He has been decorated with 5 awards including Sena Medal for gallantry and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for exemplary leadership and administrative acumen by The President

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Major General CD Sawant, AVSM, SM

Er. Kishore C Arora, IDST (DRDO)

Er. Kishore C Arora, President of Institute of Defence Scientists & Technologists (IDST), an extended arm of DRDO. He was employed at R&DE (Engineers) during 1969-90, a major Laboratory of DRDO, highly exposed to Fluid Power systems and applications, engaged on Integrated Guided Missile Development Program, sought voluntary

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Er. Kishore C Arora, IDST (DRDO)

Major General Anil Sengar, ex ADGMF

Maj Gen Anil Sengar, 5 GUARDS has served in most varied environment as  an Infantry and a Mechanised officer. Commanded battalion and brigade in Counter Insurgency Operations, division in a strike corps, raised a division in the North East as Deputy GOC and retired from the DGMF. He has written

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Major General Anil Sengar, ex ADGMF

Rear Admiral Vineet Bakhshi, VSM, ex CO INS Shivaji

RAdm Vineet Bakhshi is an alumnus of the Scindia School, the National Defence Academy, the Naval College of Engineering and IIT Delhi. He served in the Indian Navy for 36 years in various capacities. His service on board was on the Indian Naval ships Delhi, Kirpan, Vikrant and Trishul. Ashore

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Rear Admiral Vineet Bakhshi, VSM, ex CO INS Shivaji

Brigadier IS Gakhal, ex Sector Cdr RR, Comdt, Sikh Regt Centre

An alumnus of the Bishops School Pune, IMA Dehradun and CDM Secunderabad, Brig IS Gakhal was commissioned into 1 Sikh, commanded a Battalion in Op Rakshak, raised and operationalized a Rashtriya Rifles Sector in J& K during which he was wounded. He commissioned the Sikh Regimental Centre giving, recruit

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Brigadier IS Gakhal, ex Sector Cdr RR, Comdt, Sikh Regt Centre

Brigadier MG Kadam, ex DJAG (HQ SC & HQ EC)

Brigadier MG Kadam is a senior consultant and legal expert with years of valuable experience under his belt. A double graduate degree in English literature from Pune University and a second degree in law from Mumbai university. Brig. Kadam was commisioned into the elite Kumaon regiment of the Indian Army

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Brigadier MG Kadam, ex DJAG (HQ SC & HQ EC)

Dr. Meheranjali Bade, ex HOD Foreign Languages Dept & Counselor, NDA

Dr Meheranjali V Bade was awarded the degree of Masters of Arts in Comparative Literature with distinction from the Patrice Lumumba Peoples Friendship University, Moscow. She has a doctorate in linguistics from the same University. She was Head of Department, Foreign languages, at the National Defence Academy, and retired on

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Dr. Meheranjali Bade, ex HOD Foreign Languages Dept & Counselor, NDA

Brigadier LC Patnaik, ex President SSB, Chairman Odhisa PSC

Brig LC Patnaik was an Infantry Officer having vast experience in all theatres of war and types of operations. He has handled crucial military diplomatic challenges in the Middle East, peace keeping operations and training of foreign armies. He has a substantial experience in selection process in the Indian Army

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Brigadier LC Patnaik, ex President SSB, Chairman Odhisa PSC

Prof BR Shejwal, ex Prof & HOD Psychology SP Pune University

Professor and Head (Retd), Department of Psychology, S.P. Pune University, Pune. Presently appointed as Professor Emeritus in the Dept.of Psychology, S.P. Pune University. Served the university for more than last 30 years. Published 30 research papers in the National and international journals and presented more than 50

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Prof BR Shejwal, ex Prof & HOD Psychology SP Pune University

Commander Ravindra Waman Pathak

Cdr Ravindra Waman Pathak I.N. (Retd) was born at Jabalpur on 08 May 1949 and after having done his schooling at various places in Maharashtra   joined the National Defence Academy (NDA)  in 1967 whilst studying at Sainik School Satara. He graduated from NDA and  joined the Indian Navy and

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Commander Ravindra Waman Pathak

Commander Mukund Yeolekar, ex Principal Naval College of Engineering

Cdr. Yeolekar Joined 52nd Course of NDA in 1974 and was comissioned in Electrical Branch of I.N. in 1978. Served on Patrol vessels, Survey ship, Command HQ, CI at Electrical Trg Estb. Dte of Quality Assurance, Naval Dockyard, deputed at BEL, Naval War College and Principal Naval College of

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Commander Mukund Yeolekar, ex Principal Naval College of Engineering

Group Captain Johnson Chacko, ex-Instructor, DSSC, CDM, AFA, NDA

An alumnus of NDA and was commissioned in the IAF in the Offensive Operations (Fighter/Bomber) stream in 1975 as a pilot. He landed a bomber on its belly with very limited experience, for which he was cited for a Kirti Chakra. He has taught and supervised flying of ab-initio

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Group Captain Johnson Chacko, ex-Instructor, DSSC, CDM, AFA, NDA

Air Commodore Suryakant N Bal, ex Flg Instr AFTT, NDA, CDM

Commissioned as a transport pilot on 04 June 1967, he has logged over 6200 hours on various aircraft, and held a Senior Commercial Pilots License. Commanded the Paratroopers Training School and served as Air-II at the Central and Western Air Commands respectively. Retired on 30 September 2002 as the Air

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Air Commodore Suryakant N Bal, ex Flg Instr AFTT, NDA, CDM

Colonel PK ‘Royal’ Mehrishi, Clinical Psychologist & Author

Col PK ‘Royal’ Mehrishi (Retd), an alumnus of the NDA, has been an active Infantry combat leader for 28 Years. A qualified clinical psychologist, he is a prolific writer, author of several books, a TV panelist and a motivational speaker. In addition, he is a Harvard Business School product, certified

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Colonel PK ‘Royal’ Mehrishi, Clinical Psychologist & Author

Colonel Pradeep Dalvi, Ex- Instr AWC, DIPR/SSB Qualified GTO & IO

Colonel Pradeep Dalvi (Retd), was commissioned into the Mechanised Infantry and has served in the Army for 29 years. During his vast military career he has held several prestigious appointments. He is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington and has served with the United Nations. He has

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Colonel Pradeep Dalvi, Ex- Instr AWC, DIPR/SSB Qualified GTO & IO

Lieutenant Colonel MK Gupta, Author

Born on 23rd October 1946 in village Madhabi, Dhaka District, of undivided India prior to partition. Moved into Kolkata in 1950 graduated from Kolkata and joined OTA on 13th April 1968 and commissioned in 12 Jan 1969.I joined 9 Sikh. Had the privilege to participate in the Indo-Pak war

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Lieutenant Colonel MK Gupta, Author

Colonel CM Chavan

Commissioned in 1974 in the Corps of Army Air Defence and is a postgraduate in MBA. Has served in Fd Arty Bde and Mtn Div. Has had four field tenures though being from AAD including, one in Assam Rifles. Took premature retirement in 1998. Has had a successful tenure of

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Colonel CM Chavan

Nixon Fernando, ex Lecturer & Counselor NDA

Nixon Fernando is a post graduate in physics, government and business administration. He served as lecturer and counsellor at the NDA for 10 years from 1996 to 2007. A versatile sportsman and ballroom dance instructor, his services were appreciated and commended by the Commandant and Principal of NDA. Currently, he

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Nixon Fernando, ex Lecturer & Counselor NDA

Shashwat Gupta Ray, Resident Editor Gomantak Times, Goa

An alumnus of Symbiosis College, Pune and MS University Vadodara Shashwat Gupta Ray is the resident editor of the Goa-based English daily Gomantak Times and is the son of an army officer. He is a renowned journalist with over twenty years of experience under his belt. It was under his

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Shashwat Gupta Ray, Resident Editor Gomantak Times, Goa

Parth Satam, Principal Correspondent, Fauji India Magazine

Parth Satam is a Principal Correspondent with Fauji India magazine. With his tenure in The Asian Age and Mid-Day, he has covered India's security and military establishment for a decade. He maintains an keen interest in defence, aerospace and foreign affairs and can be reached on Email: satamp@gmail.com

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Parth Satam, Principal Correspondent, Fauji India Magazine

Contributors

Mission Victory India

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Colonel Anil Bhat

Colonel Bhat, is a published writer, strategic analyst and former Defence Ministry and Indian Army spokesperson, can be contacted at wordsword02@gmail.com.

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Brigadier Pradeep Sharma

In 35 years of service, Brig Sharma was tasked to raise the (NSG) & was sqn cdr 51 (SAG), served as an instr at (IMA), Cdr of a Bde in HAA, DS in (AWC), among other high profile appointments

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Michael Dalvi

Micheal Dalvi is the son of Brigadier John Parashram Dalvi, the author of landmark (1969) book 'Himalayan Blunder.'

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Lieutenant General Harbhajan Singh

Belonging to the 1st Course JSW/NDA, Lt. Gen Harbhajan Singh, PVSM served as SO-in-C. He is a renowned defence analyst, writer and strategic thinker.

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Pankaj Bhagwati

Patriot in Uniform. I believe it is time for sustained change. The only deficit that India has is Leadership.

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Air Commodore RM Sridharan

Air Cmde Sridharan is a 71 War Veteran and renowned IAF Helicopter pilot with over 8000 flying hours. He has served in HQ Comm Sqn where he flew top dignitaries among other important appointments.

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Lieutenant General Satish Nambiar

A recipient of the Padma Bhushan Lt Gen Nambiar served as the first Force Commander & Head of Mission of UNPROFOR. He served as the Director of the USI & is a life member of the IDSA.

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Lieutenant General Shankar Ghosh

Lt Gen. Shankar is a military luminary who has held several challenging and high profile appointments throughout his highly decorated army career. He is an authority on Def and Nat Sec issues.

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Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain

Lt Gen Hasnain, is a retired General of the Indian Army. His last assignment in service was as the Military Secretary of the Indian Army. Prior to that, he commanded the Indian Army's 15 Army Corps.

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Lieutenant Colonel Yeshwant Umralkar

Lt Col Umralkar is an Indian Army veteran, who saw extensive action in J&K sector in 1971 in Op Cactus Lilly. He is a polyglot with an excellent knowledge of several foreign and Indian languages.

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Lieutenant General Dalip Bhardwaj

Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Dalip Bhardwaj is a defence consultant and advisor to a number of firms in India. Lt. Gen. Bhardwaj was the first Indian contingent to UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon in 1989⎯99.

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Group Captain AG Bewoor

Instrumental in the induction of the IL-76 into the IAF. He flew the first IL-76 into Male during the abortive coup in Maldives in 1988, along with the other operations, earned him the Vayu Sena medal

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Aritra Banerjee

Aritra Banerjee is a Defence Journalist who has worked in both online & print media. He is currently the Managing Editor at 'The Watchdog News' and Head of Operations at 'Mission Victory India.'

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Colonel Jaipal Singh

Col JP Singh (Retd) was commissioned in 4 Bihar on 13th June, 1971 from the IMA, Dehradun. He served in the Poonch sector during the 71 war, and has since held several prestigious appointments.

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Major General GD Bakshi

Maj Gen GD Bakshi is a highly decorated Indian Army Veteran. He is renowned author, military historian and media personality specializing in Defence and National Security affairs.

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Lieutenant General PG Kamath

Lt. Gen Kamath is a highly distinguished general who has held some of the most prestigious appointments in the Indian Army.

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Lieutenant General Prakash Katoch

Lt. Gen Katoch is renowned special forces officer with an unparalleled service record. He has been a prolific writer with his articles published in leading Defence magazines like FORCE & Fauji India.

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Colonel Vinay Dalvi

Col. Dalvi is the founder and Director of 'Mission Victory India.' He is a former infantry officer and ex APTC. He is a foremost authority on military leadership & trg reforms.

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Parth Satam

Parth Satam is the Principal Correspondent of the quarterly 'Fauji India' Magazine. He has broken exclusive stories for leading publications like Firstpost, Asia Times, Asian Age & Mid Day.

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Colonel Rajinder Kushwaha

Col. Rajinder Kushwaha is an ex-NDA, battle-hardened veteran, renowned author and a highly respected defence & national security expert and a regular contributor at the 'Fauji India' magazine.

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Air Commodore Suryakant N Bal

Air Cmde Bal is a renowned IAF officer who has held several prestigious appointments during his time in service. He has worked for several think tanks, journals and is a published author.

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Nixon Fernando

Nixon Fernando was a former lecturer at the National Defence Academy (NDA), and is a pioneering member of 'Mission Victory India.'

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Brigadier LC Patnaik

Brig LC Patnaik was an Infantry Officer having vast experience in all theaters of war and types of operations. He has handled crucial military diplomatic challenges and has experience as Prez SSB.

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Rear Admiral Vineet Bakhshi

A highly accomplished naval officer, RAdm Vineet Bakhshi is the former commanding officer of INS Shvaji. Other being that he has held several important profiles during his time in uniform.

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Major General Anil Sengar

A distinguished military general, Maj Gen Sengar is a prolific author who has written four path breaking books on military leadership and is working on his fifth book.

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Major General VK Madhok

Maj Gen VK Madhok is a product of the 1st Course JSW/NDA and was commissioned into the 3 GR. He was the BGS HQ Southern Command and the COS at HQ 4 Corps. He retired as the ADG (TA).

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Major General Raj Mehta

Maj Gen Raj Mehta has been a pillar of support for the Mission Victory India Campaign. He is a prolific writer whose articles have been published in renowned defence publications most notably 'FORCE'

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Lieutenant General Gautam Banerjee

Lieutenant General (Retd) Gautam Banerjee, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, was former Chief of Staff, Central Command, former Commandant of the OTA. He is now Senior Fellow & Editor at the Vivekananda Foundation.

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Admiral Arun Prakash

Admiral Arun Prakash is the former Chief of Naval Staff and pioneering member of team 'Victory India.'

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Lieutenant Colonel BS Barge

Lt Col BS Barge, commisioned into 20 Maratha LI (Mech), & later with 15 Maratha LI (Burj) is veteran of both the 65 and 71 wars. He has reviewed all all 7 seven volumes of the Victory India books.

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Air Marshal Harish Masand

Air Mshl Masand is highly decorated IAF veteran, and a recipient of the Vir Chakra. He has held several high and prestigious assignments throughout his vast IAF career.

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Group Captain CRR Sastry

Gp Captain Sastry a renowned IAF veteran, who embodies the term 'Scholar Warrior.' He is a regular contributor to the popular 'Fauji India' magazine & other notable defence jounrals.

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Brigadier IS Gakhal

Brig IS Gakhal was commissioned into 1 Sikh, commanded a Battalion in Op Rakshak, raised and operationalized a RR Sector in J& K where he was wounded. He held several other prestigious appointments.

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Air Marshal PP Rajkumar

Air Mshl PP Rajkumar is highly distinguished IAF veteran, commissioned into a helicopter unit. His time in service saw him take on some challenging assignments in senior roles.

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Ghazala Wahab

Ghazala Wahab is a renowned defence journalist and the editor-in-chief of the reputed monthly Def & Nat Sec Magazine 'FORCE.'

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Colonel PK 'Royal' Mehrishi

Col PK ‘Royal’ Mehrishi (Retd), an alumnus of the NDA, has been an active Infantry combat leader for 28 Years. A qualified clinical psychologist, he is a prolific writer, author of several books.

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Colonel Pradeep Dalvi

Col. Pradeep Dalvi (Mech Inf) has had an illustrious military career holding numerous prestigious appointments such as Instructor Army War College, IO & GTO SSB He's a core member of 'Victory India.'

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Lieutenant General HS Panag

Lt Gen Panag, PVSM, AVSM is the former GOC-in-C of both the Northern & Central Commands of the Indian Army. He is presently a defence analyst and commentator on strategic affairs.

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Shashwat Gupta Ray

A highly accomplished journalist, Shashwat Gupta Ray is the resident editor of Gomantak Times, Goa and a core member of 'Mission Victory India.'

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Lieutenant General PR Shankar

Lt Gen PR Shankar was India's DG Artillery. He is highly decorated and qualified with vast operational experience. He is now a Professor in the Aerospace Dept of IIT Madras.

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Vice Admiral Suresh Bangara

Vice Adm Bangara Retd as Flag Officer C – in – Chief, Southern Naval Command. Before that he was the Deputy Chief of IDS Staff – Ops, Comdt, NDA, C – in – Chief, Southern Naval Command.

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