Admiral (retired) Laxminarayan Ramdas served as Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian navy taking the reins on November 30, 1990. He was born on September 5th, 1933 (age 81), and commissioned in the Indian navy on September 1, 1953.
Ramdas was trained as a communication specialist in the Royal Naval Staff College in the United Kingdom. He then went on to head in the Naval Academy in Kochi, Kerala. One of his major accomplishments was the reconnaissance and interdiction of enemy vessels and bombing of East Pakistan during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. Among the awards he won during his time in the Indian were: Vir Chakra, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal.
He is also a keen sports person, enjoying cricket, golf and quite naturally yachting. In 2004 he was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Awards for peace for his efforts in trying to demilitarise and denuclearize South Asia.He is against Indian Nuclear Program and defence.
After retirement, Ramdas took up residence near the beach city of Alibag, Maharashtra. He was part of the group which filed a PIL in the Supreme Court of India against the appointment of Lt. Gen. Bikram Singh for the post of Chief of Army Staff.
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- "Citation for Laxminarayan Ramdas and Ibn Abdur Rehman". Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. August 31, 2004. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
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