National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, PM Narendra Modi’s Man on 31 May 2019 for not just internal security but also for expanding key strategic partnerships abroad, was on 03 June 2019 reappointed to the post for five more years and given Cabinet rank in the second term of the NDA government.
Doval is not only credited with formulating a strong response against Pakistan sponsored cross-border terror but also building security and strategic partnership with West Asian states, expanding strategic partnership with Russia, deepening counter-terror partnership with the USA and widening security partnerships in South and South East Asia.
The government upgraded his position from Minister of State (MoS) rank to a Cabinet and appointment will be for five years. It is no secret that Doval, over the past five years, has played a critical role in shaping India’s security architecture and response to critical challenges both internal and external.
Strategic partnerships with several key Gulf countries have been critical against the challenge from international terror. Importantly, under Doval, India has been able to launch de-radicalization initiatives with key partners in SE Asia, Central Asia, and West Asia key to counter terror.
Doval can also be credited along with the then Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar (now foreign minister) and Indian Ambassador to China Vijay Keshav Gokhale, for resolution of the Doklam standoff in 2017. In October 2018, he was appointed as the chairman of the Strategic Policy Group (SPG), which is the first tier of a three-tier structure at the National Security Council and forms the nucleus of its decision-making apparatus.