Rajinder Khanna

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Rajinder Khanna is the former chief of the Research and Analysis Wing, the external intelligence agency of India.[1] He joined R&AW in 1978 and is the first chief of R&AW who was directly recruited into the Research and Analysis Service (RAS) cadre and not seconded from any other cadre (most other chiefs were recruited from the IPS cadre).[2] Khanna and Arvind Saxena were the top most officers from RAS cadre in R&AW, as Khanna superseded Saxena, Arvind Saxena was also laterally promoted to the chief of ARC.[3] Khanna is considered as the founder and driving force of the counter-terrorism unit in R&AW,[4] he is said to be an expert on terrorism.

He has been appointed as the Deputy National Security Advisor of India.[5]

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  1. ^ PT, I. "Rajinder Khanna appointed new RAW chief". Indian Express. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  2. ^ Jain, Bharti. "Rajinder Khanna to be next RAW chief". Times of India. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  3. ^ Media, Zee. "PM Modi appoints Rajinder Khanna, Prakash Mishra respectively as new RAW, CRPF chief". Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  4. ^ PT, I. "Rajinder Khanna named new RAW chief". DNA. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Former RAW Chief Rajinder Khanna appointed Dy NSA". ANI. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
Preceded by
Alok Joshi
Director of R&AW
December 31, 2014 – January 31, 2017
Succeeded by
AK Dhasmana