Gen Vij was the 21 st Chief of the Army Staff from 31 Dec 2002 to 31 Jan 2005. He was the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) during the very successful operations by Indian Army for eviction of Pakistani Intruders in Kargil in 1999. Subsequently, he was also responsible for coordinating the withdrawal of the Pakistani troops from the War Zone. Another feather in his cap as DGMO was a visit to Sierra Leone to formulate and thereafter execute an operation (OP KHUKRI), wherein over 455 Indian Soldiers serving as part of UN Peace Keeping contingent, who had been taken hostage, were rescued in a dare devil operation

His tenure as the Army Chief is remembered for many notable improvements in operational & administrative postures of the Army. The most notable amongst them being the laying of 670 Km long fence along the Line of Control within one year, which brought the infiltration down to insignificant numbers. Also notable is the raising of South-Western Command and 9 Corps to improve the Operational Posture.

After his superannuation from the Army, he was appointed Founder Vice Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority, in the rank of Cabinet Minister, for five years from Sep 2005 – Sep 2010.He is the former Director of the Vivekananda International Foundation, a renowned non-partisan leading Think Tank in India since Jun 2014.

Contributions 
तालियां! - जम्मू-कश्मीर अब सचमुच भारत का हिस्सा है तेजतर्रार हमला, सर्जिकल अभियान और अचंभा शब्दों का इस्तमाल सैन्य अभियानों में सबसे अधिक किया जा...

Three Cheers - Jammu and Kashmir is Truly Integrated with India Lightening strike, surgical operations and surprise are the terminologies most used and practiced in military operations. But here in Jammu and Kashmir, Government of India has done one better and in one step resolved the 70 years old legacy of a pr...

Arihant to India’s defence: Nuclear triad is now fully operational and provides us with credible strategic deterrence Monday, 5 November 2018, was indeed a red letter and historic day in the history of India’s security paradigm when a visibly proud Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the completion of a maiden ‘deterrent patrol’ by INS Arihant, India’s fir...

सर्वोत्कृष्ट सेना के सर्वोत्कृष्ट प्रमुख “मैं शेरों की उस फौज से नहीं डरता, जिसकी अगुआई भेड़ करती है; मैं भेड़ों की उस फौज से डरता हूं, जिस...

The Finest Chief for The Finest Army “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion." Alexander the Great Time to move on Ever since the nomination of the now incumbent Army Ch...

Book Reviews 
Decoding India's Defence Procurement: An Analysis of Defence Procurement Procedure 2013 Edited by Gen N C Vij Hardcover: 144 pages Publisher: Wisdom Tree (2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 8183283349 ISBN-13: 978-8183283342 Online Available at a...

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