India Appoints Ex-Intelligence Officer Vivek Johri as National Security Advisor for Mauritius!
In a recent development, former Indian intelligence officer Vivek Johri has been appointed as the National Security Advisor (NSA) of Mauritius, a key role in ensuring the security and stability of the island nation. Johri’s impressive career and extensive experience make him well-suited for this crucial position.
A Glimpse into Vivek Johri’s Profile:
Vivek Johri’s career has been marked by distinguished service and expertise in various crucial roles:
- Special Secretary of R&AW: Johri has previously served as a Special Secretary of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), India’s external intelligence agency, where he played a pivotal role in intelligence operations.
- Vast Experience in Nepal and Counter-Terrorism: His professional journey includes significant contributions in Nepal and counter-terrorism efforts, showcasing his commitment to regional security.
- Former DG of BSF & DGP of Madhya Pradesh: Prior to his appointment as NSA for Mauritius, Johri held the prestigious positions of Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Director General of Police (DGP) for the state of Madhya Pradesh.
- Low-Profile and No-Nonsense Approach: Known for his no-nonsense attitude and a penchant for maintaining a low profile, Johri brings a pragmatic and results-oriented approach to his assignments.
Why Does India Appoint an NSA for Mauritius?
The appointment of a National Security Advisor for Mauritius by India is not a recent development; it has been a part of an enduring arrangement since 1983. This practice was initiated following Operation LAL DOORA, a strategic move aimed at preventing a potential coup d’état in the region. Mauritius has consistently relied on India as its first responder in matters of national security.
Historically, this arrangement has seen 20 Indian intelligence officers serve as National Security Advisors for Mauritius. This long-standing partnership highlights the close ties between the two nations.
India’s Unique Role in Mauritius:
India’s involvement in Mauritius is not merely strategic; it is deeply rooted in the demographic composition of the island nation. Approximately 68% of Mauritius’s population is of Indian origin, making it a nation with strong cultural and historical ties to India.
Vivek Johri will take over the responsibilities from Kumaresan Ilango, another former high-ranking officer of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). The appointment of an Indian NSA is the norm, with only one exception between 2000 and 2003 when Mauritian Deepak Bhookhun, the former Commissioner of Prisons, served in this role.
In appointing Vivek Johri as the National Security Advisor for Mauritius, India reaffirms its commitment to safeguarding the security and interests of a nation that shares both historical and contemporary bonds with the Indian subcontinent. Johri’s wealth of experience and dedication to regional stability position him as a capable guardian of Mauritius’s national security.