About the author
In 2019, General Manoj Mukund Naravane became the twenty- eighth Chief of the Indian Army. However, his journey to reach the highest echelons of the Indian Armed Forces was not short of events both exciting and challenging. In his memoirs, General Naravane recounts the myriad experiences that shaped his character, from his childhood to his years in the Services and beyond. He welcomes readers into not only his life but also the inner workings of the Indian Army, its work culture and ethos, which make it the finest army in the world. Even those with no background of the Services would recognize and appreciate all the things General Naravane talks about that make our forces unique, particularly those that deal with the planning and conduct of operations—the raison d’être of the Army. Through his experiences, the author shares many lessons on leadership and management that have universal applicability, be it in industry or academia. He gives us an insider’s perspective on what else needs to be done to make the Armed Forces as a whole a more potent instrument of national power, ready to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. He hopes to provide insight into the inner strength and resilience required to overcome adversity, and the importance of family and maintaining a work-life balance—something that has been lost sight of in today’s 24×7 work culture. At its heart, Four Stars of Destiny is a lesson to all that ‘nice guys don’t always finish last’, and that through a dedicated and principled approach, everyone can reach the pinnacle of their lives and careers.
General Manoj Mukund Naravane (retd) served as the twenty- eighth Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army until April 2022. In a distinguished military career spanning more than four decades, he also served as the Vice Chief of Army Staff and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Training and Eastern Commands. General Naravane has many national and international awards to his credit, including the Param Vishisht Seva Medal and the Distinguished Public Service Award 2022 conferred by the US–India Strategic Partnership Forum. He also writes a bi-weekly column for ThePrint India, on matters of national security.