Indian Army has a New Vice Chief; China Facing Northern and Eastern Commands get New Commanders

By: Annanya Rana
04 Feb 2022 3:01:47 PM CSMC, Chitkara University, Punjab

Lieutenant General Manoj Pande took over as the new Vice Chief of the Indian Army on Tuesday, taking over from Lieutenant General Chandi Prasad Mohanty, who retired from the position after four decades, news agency PTI reported. 


Meanwhile, the Northern and Eastern Army commands facing the sensitive 3,488 km-long India-China border were taken over by new commanders: Lieutenant Generals Upendra Dwivedi and Rana Pratap Kalita. 


One of the senior-most generals after the Army chief, Lieutenant General YK Joshi, the Northern Army Commander, had superannuated his post on Monday evening. Lieutenant-General Upendra Dwivedi will take charge as the new Northern Army commander. He previously served as Deputy Chief of Army staff and GOC (General Officer commanding) of IX corps of Indian Army.


Lieutenant-General Manoj Chandrashekhar Pande was previously the General Officer and commanding-in-chief of the Eastern Command based in Kolkata, since June 1, 2021. With him taking over as Vice Chief, highly decorated and combat experienced Lt Gen Rana Pratap Kalita would take over his position. General Kalita has extensive operational experience in Sri Lanka, Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast. The Eastern command looks after the Indo-China and India-Myanmar border.


General Pande formerly commanded the Andaman and Nicobar command. As a lieutenant, he was commissioned into the Bombay Sappers, one of the regiments in the ranks of engineers, in December 1982. As the Vice Chief, Lt General Pandey takes charge of one of the most sensitive positions in the Army. He is the most senior officer after Army Chief General MM Naravane. 


General Manoj Mukund Naravane is currently serving as the 27th chief of the Army staff and is scheduled to be superannuated in April. After that, Lieutenant-General Pandey is anticipated to take command of the army as the most high-ranking officer.