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General V.P. Malik

General V.P. Malik

Former Indian Army Chief

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Formerly Chief of the Indian Army, General Ved Prakash Malik planned, coordinated and oversaw the execution of Operation Vijay to successfully defeat Pakistan’s attempted intrusion in the Kargil Sector in 1999.

As Army Chief from 1997 to 2000, General Malik held dual responsibilities – providing strategic advice to the government in addition to commanding the Indian army comprising over 1.2 million individuals. The latter included the management of strategic, operational and fiscal planning as well as human resource development. He also held the position of Chairman, Chief of Staffs Committee of India during this time.

General Malik was awarded the Ati Vishishta Seva Medal in 1986 and the Param Vishishta Seva Medal in 1996. The General was given Distinguished Fellowship of the Institute of Directors, New Delhi in 1999, an ‘Excellence in Leadership’ award by the Atur Foundation, Pune, and the ‘Pride of the Nation’ award by the Doon Citizens’ Council in July 2000.
Post retirement he became a member of the National Security Advisory Board from 2001-03. He fostered the Institute of Securities Studies in the Observer Research Foundation and has been the Honorary Advisor to the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.

In 2007, he was nominated to select and rank Top Companies for Leaders in the Asia Pacific Region by Hewitt Associates, who undertook this exercise in collaboration with Fortune Magazine and The RBL Group. Currently, he is an independent director/advisor on the boards of private sector (multinational) companies and the Chairman of the Coca Cola Advisory Council on Sustainability and Environment.

General Malik writes frequently for newspapers, magazines and professional journals. He has authored ‘Kargil: From Surprise to Victory’ (Harper Collins Publishers, India), edited ‘Defence Planning: Problems and Prospects’, ‘Emerging NATO: Challenges for Asia and Europe’, and written several papers on defence planning and other security issues. He continues to address civil and military institutions, think tanks and corporate organisations on strategy, security, and human resource and leadership issues.