Mr. A.K. Antony is India’s Minister of Defence.
An Advocate by profession, Mr. Antony started his political career as a Student Activist of the Kerala Students Union. He has held many important political assignments: President, Kerala Pradesh Youth Congress Committee, President and General Secretary of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee, General Secretary of All India Congress Committee and Member, Congress Working Committee. He was first elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1970 and was the Chief Minister of Kerala thrice during 1977-78, 1995-96 and 2001-2004. He was also Leader of the Opposition in Kerala Legislative Assembly during 1996-2001. Mr. Anthony was Member Rajya Sabha twice from 1985-1991 and 1991-1995. He was Union Minister for Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution during 1994-1995. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in May 2005 from Kerala.
Mr. Antony edited a Malayalam Weekly Kalasala during 1964-65 and later a Malayalam Daily Veekshanam from 1978-1982.
T C A Rangachari was India's Ambassador to Algeria, France and Germany before resigning from the Indian Foreign Service in 2006. Since then, he has been extensively writing and lecturing on many topical issues relating to India's foreign policy, strategic and security matters.
Gen. Bammi has over 37 years of military experience in senior and leadership capacity in the Indian Army. During his military career, he has been President of the Gorkha Brigade of India; Director General of Assam Rifles; GOC of 1 Strike Corps; Defence Advisor at the Indian High Commission in Malaysia and Singapore; Instructor with the Royal Bhutan Army; Commanding Officer of infantry battalion in J&K; General Staff Officer with leading elements of the Indian Army in Bangladesh during the 1971 War; Rifle Company Commander during the 1965 War; Adjutant and Company Commander during the 1962 War; etc.
Gen. Bammi has a Doctorate in Military Studies from the Choudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut and a Masters in Defence Sciences from the University of Madras. His expertise includes South Asian security, insurgency, nuclear disarmament, terrorism, and counter-terrorism as well as the political and military landscape of South and South East Asia. He has a number of publications to his credit including The Gorkhas of the Indian Army and The Impregnable Conquered: Kargil 1999.
Vice Admiral Anup Singh (Retd), former Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 1973.
During his career, he commanded four ships of different classes, viz. Indian Naval Ships Matanga, Veer, Ranvir and Delhi. In the case of two of these ships, he was also selected to commission them. These were: the INS Veer, a first of the new project missile vessel from the Soviet Union and INS Delhi, the first indigenously designed and indigenously built Destroyer of 6700 Tons displacement. For INS Veer, he spent a year under training in the erstwhile USSR and for the Delhi, he oversaw the final stages of her construction at the MDL, for nearly a year before commissioning.
At the pinnacle of seagoing assignments was the command of the Western Fleet, ie Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet. He held this prestigious operational appointment in 2006-07, wherein he led Operation SUKOON, the evacuation of civilians from war-torn Lebanon, in July 2006, moving his fleet repeatedly in and out of Beirut, Lebanon (under war) to Larnaca, Cyprus.
Important assignments ashore included Director of Naval Plans (Force Structure and Defence Budget Planning); Director of Personnel(Human Resource Development and Management); Assistant Controller of Warship Production/ Acquisitions and Carrier Projects; Chief Instructor (Navy) at the Defence Services Staff College; Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command; Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air); Deputy Chief of Naval Staff; Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff; and finally as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command from Aug 2009 to Oct 2011.
Vice Admiral Anup Singh has been a keen sportsman and adventurer. His interests include golf, riding and sailing. He was the Sailing Master of the first ever square-rigged Sail Training Vessel in India, named ‘Varuna’, in 1980-82. He also skippered the Naval Yacht ‘Samudra’ for her Pacific Crossing during the Tri Service round-the-world voyage in 1989.
Mrs. Sujatha Singh born in July 1954, joined the Indian Foreign Service in July 1976. She assumed charge as Foreign Secretary on August 1, 2013.
Prior to taking over as Foreign Secretary, Mrs.Singh served as Ambassador of India to Germany (2012-2013) and High Commissioner to Australia (2007-2012).
She started her overseas assignments as Second Secretary in the Embassy of India, Bonn (1978-82). Subsequently she was First Secretary, High Commission of India, Accra (1985-89), Counsellor, Embassy of India, Paris (1989-92), Deputy Chief of Mission and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP at Embassy of India, Bangkok (1997-2000) and Consul General, Milan (2000-04).
Mrs. Singh has served over a third of her career at Headquarters. She was Under Secretary looking after Nepal (1982-85), Director, Economic Co-ordination Unit (1992-95), attended the National Defence College at New Delhi (1995) and Joint Secretary at the Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi (1996-97). Subsequently she was Joint Secretary and then Additional Secretary responsible for West Europe and the EU in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi (2004-07).
Mrs. Singh completed her B.A. Honours in Economics in 1973 from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and her M.A. in Economics in 1975 from the Delhi School of Economics. She is married to Shri Sanjay Singh. They have two daughters.
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