President Bhandari has presented the award during an investiture ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Nepali President Ms. Bidhya Devi Bhandari has granted the Honorary Rank of General of the Nepali Army (NA) to General Manoj Mukund Naravane, the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Indian Army.
General Naravane has received a sword, insignia, and a certificate of conferment order from President Bhandari during an investiture ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on November 5, 2020.
General Naravane reached Kathmandu on November 4, 2020, at the official invitation from General Purna Chandra Thapa, Chief of the Army Staff, Nepali Army.
After the award ceremony, General Naravane expressed his gratitude for the honor bestowed upon him and discussed measures to strengthen the bilateral relationship.
Other Dignitaries at the Ceremony Include:
- Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli
- Indian Ambassador Vinay M. Kwatra
- Nepali Defence Secretary Reshmi Raj Pandeand
According to the Directorate of Public Relations and Information of Nepal Army, the practice of conferring army chiefs of each other’s country with the Honorary Rank of General is a seven-decade-old tradition. Commander-in-Chief General KM Cariappa was the first Indian Army Chief to be honored with the title in 1950. Lately, in January last year, General Purna Chandra Thapa was conferred with the Honorary General of the Indian Army by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind.
This long-held tradition symbolizes the close ties between the Nepali and Indian Armies.
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