New Delhi: The all-powerful National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval has been given a Cabinet rank in the Modi government.
Former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief, Doval will continue as NSA for the next five years as per his reappointment terms.
In its first innings, the Modi government conducted two important anti-terror operations under Doval’s watch. In 2016, the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on Pakistan in the aftermath of the Uri terror attack, while in 2018, the Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted airstrikes in Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack.
Doval also played a crucial role in solving the Doklam stand off between India and China, which almost created a war-like situation on the country’s northeast border.
Sources said that Doval and newly-appointed External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar would be the two prominent faces of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the diplomatic and strategic fronts, both having vast experience in South East and South Asian strategic affairs.
Doval and Jaishankar earlier played a key role for India in bringing the Obama administration closer to Modi.