Lt. Gen Deependra Singh Hooda

Former Army Commander Of Indian Army's Northern Command


The main architect of the 2016 surgical strikes on terror launch pads in POK, Lt Gen Deependra Singh Hooda is most prominently known for his views on Kashmir with a strong emphasis on human rights.

He attended the prestigious Command and Staff College at Canada and was selected as the first Chief Logistics Officer for the newly raised United Nations Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea. He played a key role in setting up the mission throughout Eritrea in terms of camps, engineering and communications support, and food and health services.

Lt Gen Hooda is a co-founder of the Council for Strategic and Defense Research, a New Delhi based think-tank.

He is a senior fellow at the Delhi Policy Group and is on the Advisory Board of Cyber Peace Foundation, an NGO dealing with cyber protection and training, and on the Advisory Board of Cyber Security Research Centre at Punjab Engineering College.

As a major general in Manipur, he was responsible for counterinsurgency operations in Manipur and South Assam. He has also interacted with the highest levels of political leadership to frame a security strategy for the Northeast.

He has been an instructor at the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering.

He has also received tenures in the Military Operations Directorate and the QuarterMaster General's Branch at the Army Headquarters.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

He has served on the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) for which he was awarded the UNMEE Medal. He is most prominently known for his views on Kashmir with a strong emphasis on human rights.

In recognition for exemplary military service, he has been awarded the ‘VishishtSeva Medal’ twice, the ‘AtiVishishtSeva Medal’, the ‘UttamYudhSevaMedal’ and the ‘ParamVishishtSeva Medal’.

He was also awarded the ‘Operation Vijay Medal’, ’30 Years Long Service Medal’ and ’50th Independence Anniversary Medal’.

Why Lt. Gen Deependra Singh Hooda?

Why Lt. Gen Deependra
Singh Hooda?

He has delivered numerous talks to corporate houses, academic institutions, think-tanks, and security establishments on leadership, motivation, managing crises, disaster management, and national security. He is a regular contributor to newspapers, on-line media portals and professional journals on national and international affairs.

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