Minister of National Defence (Vishwamitra)

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Minister of National Defence
राष्ट्रीय रक्षा मंत्री
Incumbent
Jayden Dagsa

since 13 October 2023
Ministry of National Defence
StyleThe Most Honourable
Member of
Reports toRashtradhyaksh
Prime Minister
NominatorPrime Minister
AppointerRashtradhyaksh
on the recommendation of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
Formation14 May 2018; 5 years ago
First holderAbhiraj Kar
DeputyMinister of State for National Defence

The Minister of National Defence (Hindi: राष्ट्रीय रक्षा मंत्री‎), commonly shortened to National Defence Minister is the minister in the Cabinet of Vishwamitra who is responsible for overseeing the nation's military affairs and other defence and security-related matters. The minister is the head of the Ministry of National Defence. The first Minister of National Defence was Abhiraj Kar who held the title of State Counsellor and was appointed on 14 May 2018 following the establishment of the ministry. The current Minister of National Defence is Jayden Dagsa who was appointed on 13 October 2023.

The Minister of National Defence is often assisted by a junior minister, titled as the Minister of State for National Defence who acts as the deputy to the National Defence Minister and the second highest office holder in the Ministry of National Defence.

History of office

The Minister of National Defence has been the head of the Ministry of National Defence since its formation on 14 May 2018 and is one of the senior ministerial positions in the cabinet. The first minister was Abhiraj Kar who was appointed following the establishment of the ministry. Often prime ministers and deputy prime ministers held the portfolio of Defence during their tenures.

Role and duties

The minister is usually one of the most senior members of Cabinet and a member on the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). The minister is seen as one of the people most responsible for formulating Vishwamitra's nation's military, security affairs, as they along with other relevant ministers advise the Prime Minister in developing the national military and formulating laws and policies to develop the military and related infrastructure, and also acts as the government's main spokesperson on military subjects. The minister is also the principal advisor to the Rashtradhyaksh on matters on defence.

The minister along with their deputy, the minister of state for national defence, preside over the following departments and agencies which fall under the jurisdiction of the ministry:

  • Department of Defence Production
  • Department of External Security
  • Department of Personnel Welfare
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Royal Armed Forces of Vishwamitra

Ministers of Defence

No. Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Constituency
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
State Counsellor
1 Abhiraj Kar
(born 2006)
14 May
2018
3 August
2018
81 days Friends Societal Congress Tanishkaa III Tanishkaa Patranabish
Minister of Defence and Security
2 File:Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
3 August
2018
7 August
2018
4 days Friends Societal Congress Tanishkaa III Tanishkaa Patranabish
(1) Abhiraj Kar
(born 2006)
8 August
2018
11 September
2018
65 days
11 September
2018
12 October
2018
Varuna Sriraya
Minister of Defence
(2) File:Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
12 October
2018
6 January
2019
86 days Friends Societal Congress Varuna VII Varuna Sriraya
(1) Abhiraj Kar
(born 2006)
7 January
2019
17 March
2019
69 days Tanishkaa IV Tanishkaa Patranabish
3 Asmi Patranabis
(born 2007)
17 March
2019
16 July
2019
121 days Tanishkaa V
(2) File:Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
(born 2001)
16 July
2019
6 August
2019
21 days
Minister of National Defence
4 File:Tanishkaa Patranabish-Official Portrait (2018).jpg Tanishkaa Patranabish
(born 2004)
(Prime Minister)
6 August
2019
2 September
2019
27 days Friends Societal Congress Tanishkaa V Self
Minister of National Defence and Strategic Planning
(4) File:Tanishkaa Patranabish-Official Portrait (2018).jpg Tanishkaa Patranabish
(born 2004)
(Prime Minister)
2 September
2019
13 September
2019
11 days Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish
5 Arnab Sil
(born 2004)
13 September
2019
16 November
2019
64 days
(3) Asmi Patranabis
(born 2007)
16 November
2019
24 November
2019
8 days
Minister of National Defence
(3) Asmi Patranabis
(born 2007)
24 November
2019
9 December
2019
15 days Friends Societal Congress Tanishkaa V Tanishkaa Patranabish
(1) Abhiraj Kar
(born 2006)
9 December
2019
3 March
2020
85 days
5 Arnab Deka
(born 2002)
3 March
2020
22 March
2020
26 days Congress Anoushkaa I Anoushkaa Patranabish
22 March
2020
29 March
2020
Tanishkaa VI Tanishkaa Patranabish
6 Arnab Sil
अर्नब सिल
(born 2004)
29 March
2020
10 April
2020
12 days
7 File:Ankurjyoti Thakuria.jpg Ankurjyoti Thakuria
अंकुरज्योति ठाकुरिया
(born 2002)
10 April
2020
30 April
2020
20 days
(1) Abhiraj Kar
(born 2006)
MP for Bharat Sevashram
13 May
2020
7 June
2020
25 days Congress Tanishkaa VII Tanishkaa Patranabish
(5) Arnab Deka
(born 2002)
MP for Adarsha Colony
8 June
2020
17 June
2020
9 days Anoushkaa II Princess
Anoushkaa
Merged to form the Coordinating Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs (17 June 2020 – 28 January 2021)
Minister of Defence
8 David Augustus
(born 2006)
28 January
2021
1 March
2021
32 days Royalist Party Ștefan I Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
9 Michal Nowacki
(born 2003)
MP for National Capital Constituency
6 March
2021
9 September
2021
227 days National People's Congress Ștefan II Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
11 September
2021
21 October
2021
Farhaz I Farhaz Hazarika
10 Air Chief Marshal
General (honorary)

Matthew Griffin
(born 2003)
21 October
2021
22 November
2021
32 days Independent Phillip Phillip Joseph Pillin
(9) Michal Nowacki
(born 2003)
MP for National Capital Constituency
(until Dec 2022)
Councillor for Purvanchal (from Jan 2022)
22 November
2021
15 January
2022
54 days Congress Farhaz II Farhaz Hazarika
11 Lieutenant General
Rory Leonard
(born 2007)
MP for Kalapani
15 January
2022
17 March
2022
61 days
12 File:Birthday Portrait of Rashtradhyaksh Varuna Sriraya (cropped).jpg Rashtradhyaksh Varuna Sriraya
(born 2002)
17 March
2022
12 May
2022
56 days Independent
(11) Lieutenant General
Rory Leonard
(born 2007)
MP for Kalapani

(Deputy Prime Minister)
12 May
2022
30 July
2022
79 days Farhaz III
Minister of National Defence
13 Matthew Tonna
(born 2005)
MP for National List
31 July
2022
10 November
2022
102 days Independent Farhaz III Farhaz Hazarika
14 Arthur Lacey-Scott-FitzLacia
(born 2002)
MP for Kalapani

(Deputy Prime Minister)
12 November
2022
18 March
2023
126 days Congress Farhaz IV
15 Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
(born 2004)
MP for Brikshasthana

(Senior Minister)
18 March
2023
14 June
2023
88 days Independent
16 Farhaz Hazarika
(born 2003)
MP for Basistha City

(Prime Minister)
14 June
2023
12 August
2023
244 days Congress
17 Arsal Abbas Mirza
(born 2006)
MP for Dadara
12 August
2023
9 October
2023
58 days Independent
18 Jayden Dagsa
(born 2007)
MP for Chandrapur
13 October
2023
Incumbent 123 days Congress Farhaz V

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