Meet Lt General Upendra Dwivedi: India's next Army chief, set to replace Gen Manoj Pande

Scheduled to assume office on June 30, Lt General Dwivedi will succeed General Manoj C Pande, who completes his tenure on the same day. With a career spanning 39 years, Lt General Dwivedi has held command appointments in diverse and challenging operational environments. From leading units in Kashmir Valley to commanding along the Western Borders, his leadership has been instrumental in ensuring security and stability.

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New Delhi: The Centre's decision to appoint Lt General Upendra Dwivedi as the next Chief of the Army Staff marks a pivotal moment in India's military leadership. Here's a closer look at the journey and accomplishments of this distinguished officer. Scheduled to assume office on June 30, Lt General Dwivedi will succeed General Manoj C Pande, who completes his tenure on the same day. 

Legacy of service

According to PIB, born on July 1, 1964, Lt General Dwivedi's journey is one of dedication and service to the nation. Commissioned into the Infantry (Jammu & Kashmir Rifles) of the Army in December 1984, his career exemplifies a commitment to excellence and duty.

With a career spanning 39 years, Lt General Dwivedi has held command appointments in diverse and challenging operational environments. From leading units in Kashmir Valley to commanding along the Western Borders, his leadership has been instrumental in ensuring security and stability.

As Vice Chief of the Army Staff since February 19, 2024, Lt General Dwivedi has demonstrated strategic acumen and operational prowess. His tenure has been marked by a focus on modernization, equipping the Army with indigenous technology, and fostering collaboration with diverse communities for national development.

Role in counter-terrorism operations

Lt General Dwivedi's contributions extend to counter-terrorism efforts in Jammu & Kashmir, where he provided strategic guidance and operational oversight. His leadership has been pivotal in orchestrating dynamic operations and ensuring the safety of civilians and armed forces personnel.

A technology enthusiast, Lt General Dwivedi has championed the integration of critical and emerging technologies into military operations. From automation to big data analytics and AI, his vision has propelled the Indian Army towards greater technical proficiency and readiness.

Lt General Dwivedi's international engagements include tenures in Somalia and Seychelles, where he served in critical roles. His experiences abroad have enriched his perspective and contributed to his strategic thinking.

Educational and professional achievements

With degrees in Strategic Studies, Military Science, and Defence & Management Studies, including accolades from prestigious institutions like the USA War College, Lt General Dwivedi's academic background reflects a commitment to continuous learning and excellence.