Lt Gen Shokin Chauhan
Lt Gen Shokin Chauhan
Lt Gen Shokin Chauhan, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal, was selected as the Chairman of the Cease Fire Monitoring Group in August 2018, post retirement from the army in March 2018. Earlier, the General was the Director General of Assam Rifles, India’s oldest and largest Para Military Force.
As the Chairman, Cease Fire Monitoring Group, the general is chartered to ensure that the multifarious insurgent groups engaged in insurgency in the North East over the last 70 years follow laid down ground rules and ensure that peace prevails within the North East of India. During this short period, he has reinvigorated the peace process and has been able to bring in the NSCN (K), a insurgent group that had broken its cease fire with the Government of India in 2015, back into the peace process.
Lt Gen Shokin Chauhan is an alumnus of St Columba’s High School, New Delhi, the National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College, the Army War College and the prestigious National Defence College. The General was commissioned into the Indian Army (11 Gorkha Rifles) in December 1979. Prior to his appointment as the DGAR, the General had commanded 1 Corps, Indian Army’s oldest and largest Strike Corps, the 8 Mountain Division in Western Ladakh, and 70 Mountain Brigade both in Shopian in south Kashmir and in Eastern Ladakh. The General also has vast experience in the conduct of Counter Terrorist operations both in the Kashmir Valley and the North East.
He has served at the Apex level in the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Home Counter Insurgency, Counter Terrorism, Border Guarding and Human Resource Management. He also has vast experience in military diplomacy since he was the Defence Attaché in the Indian Embassy in Nepal for three and half years (2004- 07). He regularly contributes articles/columns in various scholarly magazines and is a constant invitee and participant/ speaker at Seminars and leadership forums including the IDSA, the Defence Services Staff College, the Army War College, the Officers Training Academy, the Armoured Corps Centre and School, the United Service Institute, the FICCI, the India Foundation and the National Security Guard.