|Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi retired from the Indian Army after forty years of service on 31 July 2017 as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Army, one of the largest operational Commands of India. He was responsible for the border defence with four countries, including the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. His charter included internal security of the insurgency areas in the North-Eastern States, strategic military engagement with Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China, as also with the Chief Ministers and Governors of nine States. Commanding approximately 3,00,000 troops, he was also engaged in the strategic logistics and infrastructure development of the area. As GOC-in-C of Eastern Army he was responsible for the military response to the Doklam incident on Sikkim border with China
An alumnus of National Defence Academy, he was commissioned into Skinner’s Horse, which he later commanded. A graduate of Staff College at Wellington, the Higher Command Course at the Army War College, Mhow and the National Defence College at Delhi, he commanded an Armoured Brigade and a RAPID Division in the desert sector and a Corps in the plains of Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir. He did his MPhil in Defence Studies. The General officer had a foreign tenure in Tanzania, visited several countries on varying military assignments, is a trained member of Multi-National Planning and Augmentation Team (MPAT), US and is an alumnus of Asia Pacific Centre for Strategic Studies, Hawaii.
The General officer is a Certified Independent Director from Institute of Directors, New Delhi, is currently on the Board of Directors of two Companies. He is accredited as a Distinguished Fellow with USI, New Delhi, has participated in strategic leadership programmes with some renowned MNCs like Deloitte, Infosys and Edelweiss, given talks at various institutes on strategic issues and written articles for professional journals. He has recently qualified in the Marshall Goldsmith MG 25 India list for Corporate Strategic Coaching. An avid sportsman, keen golfer and fond of adventure, he is currently engaged in reorientation of his skills for the corporate sector.