Vishwa Nath Sharma

Vishwa Nath Sharma
Nickname Tich
Born (1930-06-06)June 6, 1930
London, United Kingdom
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Army
Years of service 4th June 1950 - 30th June 1990
Rank Chief of Army Staff
Battles/wars Nagaland Insurgency of 1956
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Mizoram Insurgency of 1973
IPKF Operation of 1987
Awards Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Honorary Army ADC to the President
Other work Board of directors, Local Advisory Board of India, ABN AMRO, 1991-97
Board of directors, Diamond & Gem Development Corporation, 1993-97
Board of directors, Hawkins Cookers Limited, 2001-present
Member, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, 1990-present
Member, United Services Institute of India, 1955-present
Member, National Security Advisory Board, 2006-09
Free Tuberculosis & Medical Center, Dadh, Himachal Pradesh, 1992-present

General Vishwa Nath Sharma, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, was the 15th Chief of Army Staff[1] of the Indian Army. He is the younger brother of the late Major Som Nath Sharma, recipient of Independent India's first posthumous Param Vir Chakra. Both brothers were educated at the Prince of Wales' Royal Indian Military College, Dehradun. V.N. Sharma went on to join the fifth Regular Course at the Indian Military Academy and he was commissioned on 4 June 1950 into the 16th Light Cavalry.

He fought in the 1965 War against Pakistan in the Lahore Sector. He has commanded an Armoured Regiment and also a Mountain Brigade in an insurgency affected area. Awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished service, General Sharma took over as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command, on 1 June 1987 and was appointed Honorary Army ADC to the President on 25 July 1987. He took over as the Chief of Army Staff on 1 May 1988.[2] He retired on 30 June 1990.

Military offices
Preceded by
Krishnaswamy Sundarji
Chief of Army Staff
Succeeded by
Sunith Francis Rodrigues

See also


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