India has been fighting terrorists, naxalists, and militants across the country since the day it got freedom. There have been many soldiers, police officers, and intelligence executives who have ensured that India stands as a solid nation and the separatists get their befitting reply.
You must have heard a cliche that ‘Never Judge a book by its cover’, Ajit Doval: The James Bond of India is one such person who doesn’t wear black suits or wear shades and is an average looking guy but if we tell you about what all he has done then you will forget James Bond.
Ajit Doval is the fifth and the current National Security Adviser (NSA) to the Prime Minister of India. Also nick-named as the “Indian James Bond,” Doval is a former Indian Intelligence and law enforcement officer and a retired IPS Officer.
Here are a few facts about him.
Ajit Doval was born on 30th may in 1945 in United Province which after independence became Uttar Pradesh and then was further divided into Uttarakhand.
His father Major Gunananda Doval served in the Indian Army.
Ajit Doval completed his school education from Ajmer Military School and then he did his masters in Economics from Agra University in 1967.
In 2017 he will be honoured with honorary doctorates from Agra University and Kumaun University in May 2018.
In 1968 Doval joined the IPS(Indian Police Service) in Kerala division.
He worked undercover to gather intelligence on insurgent groups active he spent many years in the northeast.
During this period he also spent time with insurgents inside Arakan in Rakhine, Myanmar, and deep inside China.
As a field agent, he had successfully broken the back of the North-East insurgency in 1986 in an undercover operation that gave him lasting fame—the defection of 6 out of 7 commandersof Laldenga’s outfit to the Indian cause, forcing the secessionist leader to sign the peace accord.
Ajit Doval was the youngest person to receive the Police medal, which he got only after 6 years of service, while the qualification for the medal is 17 years of service. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi presented him with the award.
After the northeast mission Doval went to Pakistan.
He is one man that knows Pakistan in and out as he spent around 7 years as a secret agent in Lahore.
Upon sharing his experience, he said:
He told that once he was coming out a mosque as he was undercover so he changed his appearance and way of wearing clothes so that no one can doubt on him. One man sitting at a short distance in a corner with long white beard called him to have a chat. As soon as he reached him the man said that you are HINDU. Ajit Doval refused and said I am a Muslim. The man took him through 4-5 streets and then into a small room. The white bearded man once again said that you are a HINDU. Ajit Doval refused and asked why are you asking it repeatedly? The man replied that he(Ajit Doval) has a piercing in his ear which mostly HINDUS prefer not MUSLIMS.Then ajit doval said that I was born a hindu but I converted to muslim. The man advised him to fill that piercing by plastic surgery. Ajit doval asked why is he so concerned about him? He replied that he is also a HINDU. To give ajit doval a proof he opened his cupboard and showed him small statues of Shivaji and Durgaji.
Kirti Chakra which is one of the gallantry awards only given to military personals was given to Ajit Doval for his exceptional service to the country in 1988.
During the operation black thunder which was to wipe out militants from Golden Temple, it is said that Ajit Doval was inside the Golden Temple to collect critical information.
Such was his acumen that, armed with terrorist psycho profiles, he was able to brainwash and persuade dreaded Kashmiri militant Kuka Parray and gang to become counter-insurgents, thus turning dangerous terrorists into Counter-terrorists !!!
Ajit Doval was one of the three persons who were involved in the release of passengers on the IC-814 flight which was hijacked in Kandahar in 1999.
It is said that from a period of 1971 to 1999 Ajit Doval has terminated the Hijacking of at least 15 Indian Air crafts.
He is married to Anu Doval, who is a homemaker.
They have two sons named Vivek Doval and Shaurya Doval.
He set up the Multi Agency Centre (MAC) to help put all the agencies on one table to share real-time information. He also created the Joint Task Force on Intelligence (JTFI) that would concentrate on counter-terrorism.
Doval brought various separatists including Yasin Malik, Shabbir Shah Maulvi Farooq, and even the hawkish pro-Pak SAS Geelani to the negotiating table.
In 2004, Doval was made the chief of Intelligence Bureau by the UPA government under Manmohan Singh.
He was forced to resign in January 2005 because the then NSA MK Narayanan picked his former staff officer, ESL Narsimhan, as the next IB chief.
Before becoming the NSA, Doval set up Vivekananda International Foundation – a think tank of former spy chiefs and diplomats.
The Modi government brought Doval out of retirement and made him India’s fifth NSA.
In June 2014, Doval played a crucial role in ensuring secure return of 46 Indian nurses who were trapped in a hospital in Tikrit, Iraq.
He introduced the Doval Doctrine – a security policy that India currently pursues.
Doval doctrine pervades the current government’s policy on Pakistan and China. It emerges from the two important lectures he has delivered on national security – Nani Palkhivala Memorial Lecture at Shastra University, Tanjore, in February 2014 and Lalit Doshi Memorial Lecture on ‘State Security Statecraft and Conflict of Values’ at Mumbai in August 2015. He has delineated his approach to Pakistani terrorism through the above 2 lectures and this constitutes the core of the ‘Doval Doctrine’. This seemed to be the crux of the Doval Doctrine – Either Pakistan give up terrorism against India as a state policy or India would let it “bleed with the Taliban”.
Ajit Doval is credited with the successful conceptualising of Indian Surgical Strike in URI.
He also helped end the Doklam standoff and took decisive decisions to tackle the insurgents in NorthEast.
Recently he was behind the surgical strikes in Pakistan. He also had a hand in the IAF airstrike on JeM camp in Balakot to avenge the Pulwama attack.