Ajit Doval Wiki, Bio, Education, Career and Contributions to India.

Updated October 15, 2022

Ajit Doval, a retired IPS officer of the 1968 batch is the current and 5th National Security Advisor (NSA) to the PM India. Popular as James bond of India, Ajit Doval has been longest-serving Intelligence and law enforcement officer on records. Mr. Doval has immense contributions to India’s security concerns esp. relating to Mizo National Front Insurgency, Pro-Khalistan Sikh militants, Jammu & Kashmir Insurgency.

Ajit Doval was born on January 20, 1945, in Ghiri Banelsyun village, Pauri Garhwal, falling in erstwhile United Province, now Uttarakhand. Having held the National security Advisor’s office, Doval also served as an Indian spy to Pakistan for seven years and held the office as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau in 2004–05.

A recipient of coveted awards, police medal, Kirti Chakra, & President’s Police Medal, Ajit Doval earned eponym of James Bond of India for his phenomenal stints. Read on the post dedicated to Ajit Doval’s Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Career, Education and his contributions to the nation.

Ajit Doval Education

  • Secondary- Rashtriya Military School, Ajmer
  • Graduation- National Defence College
  • Masters-  Agra University 1967
  • Doctorate- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Kumaun University & Amity University

Formal Education of Ajit Doval is from these institutions but he has been a life long learner and mastered many skills otherwise not available through institutionalized learning.

Doval began his schooling through Military School. He went to King George’s Royal Indian Military school (Ajmer Military school), Ajmer, Rajasthan. In 1967, Doval earned a Master in economics from the University of Agra. Mr. Doval was conferred upon honorary doctorates by Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University (earlier Agra University) in December of 2017. Later Kumayun University in May 2018 and Amity University in November 2018 also conferred him honorary doctorates.

Ajit Doval Family Background, Wife, Children

  • Paternal Lineage: Garhwal Brahmin (Hindu)
  • Village:  Ghidi, Kot block, Pauri district, Uttarakhand
  • Family Deity: Goddess Bal Kumari
  • Father: Major G. N. Doval (Gunanand Doval)
  • Mother: Not much Known
  • Spouse: Aruni Doval (Anu Dval)
  • Sons: Shaurya Doval (Diplomat) & Vivek Doval (CFA)

Ajit Doval was born in a Brahmin family in Pauri Garhwal. Ajit’s father, Major G. N. Doval, served as an officer of the Indian Army. About Mother of Ajit Doval, not much is available in Public Domain. Mr. Doval is married to Anu Doval and has two sons, Shaurya & Vivek Doval. Elder Shaurya Doval is an Indian Diplomat. And, the younger Vivek Doval is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) having a UK citizenship and resides in Singapore.

Doval family conducts annual worship of goddess Bal Kumari.  Temple of Goddess Bal Kumari situates at the top of Ghidi village and Gunanand, father of Ajit Doval got it constructed. Doval family has immense belief in the deity Bal Kumari and they started conducting annual worship of the Goddess from 1999.

Career of Ajit Doval as A Police Officer

Ajit Doval joined the Indian Police Service in 1968. He started his police officer career as the ASP of Kottayam District in the Kerala cadre. The then Home Minister K Karunakaran appointed Doval to restore law and order in Thalassery, Kerala. On December 28, 1971, a riot broke out in Thalassery, where the RSS was accused of targeting Muslims and the mosques. He worked there for a few months in 1972 before becoming a part of Central Service.

He became the youngest IPS officer in India’s history to have won the Indian Police Medal for meritorious service. Interestingly, he got this meritorious medal just after six years of his service. Someone rarely gets this medal just after a short period of service. The minimum service period required to get this medal is 17 years. Smt. Indira Gandhi presented him with that award because of his phenomenal work.

Ajit Doval Works as Intelligence Career

Ajit Doval spent a significant part of his career as an active field Intelligence officer with the Intelligence Bureau (IB). With a plethora of notable awards, honors, and records to his credit, Doval has built a reputation for taking a strict stance against militancy and terrorism.

(a) Doval worked as an undercover agent in the northeast to gather critical information on the active insurgent group. In the northeast, Doval had won over six of Laldenga’s seven commanders during the “Mizo National Front Insurgency,’ which aimed at establishing a sovereign state for Mizos.

(b) Ajit Doval spent considerable time inside Arakan in Rakhine, Myanmar, and deep inside China to gather information about active insurgents. After a successful Northeast mission, Doval has spent seven years as an undercover operative in Pakistan gathering intelligence on active militant groups. After one year of a stint as a secret agent, he worked at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad for six years. He even disguised himself on many occasions to gather information.

(c) He played an essential role in rescuing Romanian diplomat Liviu Radu who was captured by Khalistan Liberation Force” (KLF). The capture appeared to be in retaliation for Romanian arrests of KLF members who were the key suspects in Julio Francis Riberio’s assassination. Doval was involved in the “Operation Black Thunder” to flush out remaining pro-Khalistan Sikh militants in Punjab.

(d) Doval went to Kashmir in 1990 and where he convinced hardcore militants and troops like Kuka Parray to become counter-insurgents, targeting Anti-India terrorists. This cleared the way for Jammu & Kashmir elections in 1996. After this successful mission, he was then posted as a minister in Indian High Commission in London.

(e) Ajit Doval was involved in Sikkim’s intelligence during its union with India. He was trained by M. K. Narayanan, the 3rd National Security Advisor of India, for a short period in counter-terrorism operations.

(f) In 1999, Ajit Doval was amongst the three negotiators who were involved in the release of passengers from IC-814 in Kandahar. He has excellent experience in the termination of several hijackings. Doval successfully terminated at least 15 hijackings of the Indian Airlines Aircraft between 1971 and 1999. Nevertheless, Ajit Doval headed the Operations Wing of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) for more than a decade. He was also the founder Chairman of the MAC (Multi-Agency Circle) and JTFI (Joint Task Force on Intelligence).

Post Retirement (2005-2014) Life of Mr. Doval

Doval was retired in 2005 as a Director of the Intelligence Bureau. Even after retiring in January 2005 as the Directorate of Intelligence Bureau, he was actively involved in the verbal exchange on the national security of India. In December 2009, he became the founding Director of Vivekananda International Foundation- a think tank of former spy chiefs and diplomats.

Moreover, he has been actively involved in writing editorial pieces for leading newspapers and journals. Apart from writing editorials for some of the renowned newspapers and Journals, he has delivered a number of lectures at several prominent government and non-government institutions over national security in India, its challenges, and foreign policies. In 2009 and 2011, Ajit Doval has co-written two reports over ‘Indian Black Money Abroad in Secret Banks and Tax Havens.’

Ajit Doval as National Security Advisor Career

(a) After a long period of his retirement, on 30th May 2014, Doval was appointed as the fifth National Security Advisor of India. In 2014, when 46 Indian nurses were the captive of ISIL in Tikrit, Iraq, Doval facilitated the return of Indian nurses. He flew to Iraq on 25th June 2014 and made high-level officials contacts in the Iraqi Government. Then he managed to secure the return of 46 Indian nurses on 5th July 2014.

(b) He was also involved in the military operation against militants operating out of Myanmar. Doval, along with the Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, headed a successful military operation against the National Socialist Council of Nagaland militants operating out of Myanmar. Indian officials claimed that the mission had been successfully ended and killed 20-38 separatists of NSCN-K.

(c) He was credited along with foreign secretary S. Jaishankar and Indian Ambassador to China Vijay Keshav Gokhale for resolving the Doklam standoff and took decisive decisions to tackle the insurgents in North-East.

(d) In October of 2018, he was appointed as the chairman of the Strategic Policy Group (SPG), the initial level of a three-tier structure within the National Security Council and serves as the central point of its decision-making machinery.

(e) Ajit Doval is credited with the successful conceptualizing of the Indian Surgical Strike in URI.

(f) He also had a hand in the IAF airstrike on JeM camp in Balakot to avenge the Pulwama attack.

(g) In the year 2019, Doval was reappointed as National Security Advisor for five more years. And, he has been given a Cabinet rank in the second term of the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

NSA Ajit Doval Latest News

NSA Doval meets Russian DPM Manturov

National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov in Moscow. Manturov attended the meeting a s chair of the Russian part of the Intergovernmental Russian-Indian Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological, and Cultural Cooperation.

The parties talked about the expansion of trade and commercial ties as well as current concerns regarding cooperation in other areas of shared interest, such as the peaceful use of space.

Ajit Doval Security Breach Case

Officials announced on Wednesday that three members of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) have been dismissed and two officers of the force have been replaced as a result of a security breach at NSA Ajit Doval’s home in February of this year. 

Following a court of investigation set up by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) investigated the incident on February 16, the action was taken in the first week of this month. Five officers were charged and convicted on various counts, and it was advised that they face disciplinary action.

Questions Mostly Asked on Ajit Doval or Simply Dobhal

Q. Who is Ajit Doval Wikipedia

Ans. Ajit Doval is Current and 5th NSA to Prime Minister India. He is an ex- IPS and has earned the name of James Bond of India for his major contributions to India’s security concerns.

Q. Who Was NSA Before Ajit Doval?

Ans. Shivshankar Menon, IFS, M. K. Narayanan, IPS, J. N. Dixit, IFS and Brajesh Mishra, IFS have been 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st NSAs respectively.

Q. Who is Dobhal?

Ans. Dobhal is alter ego (alternate name) to Ajit Doval the Current and 5th NSA to PM India.

Q. Who was RAW Chief in 1971?

Ans. It was Rameshwarnath Kao (and not Ajit Doval). Mr Rao is credited with founding of R & AW and served from 1968 to 1977

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