Brig. Gen. Basant K. Ponwar was commissioned by the Indian Army on 21 Dec 1969. He began his career in an active Insurgency in Nagaland, where he carried out several special mission tasks across the International Border in East Pakistan prior to, and during, the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Having fought in the war he has taken up instructional tenures in the Commando wing, Infantry School and Army War College. Brig. Gen. Ponwar Commanded his Battalion and Brigade in active Counter Insurgency sectors. His last posting was as the Commandant of Army’s Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School at Vairengte, Mizoram where he conducted the First Indo-US Exercise, Yudh-Abhyash, in 2004.
As a specialist in Guerrilla Warfare, he was requisitioned by Chhattisgarh Government in the Special Rank of Inspector General of Police to set up the Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College (CTJWC) in the Maoists Hot Bed at Kanker in North Bastar. He has lectured on Left Wing Extremism and Counter Insurgency / Terrorism Operations in several Army and Civil Institutions and in Seminars across the World, including NCT Asia 2018. The Brigadier General served for 36 Years in the Army and is completing 14 Years in the Police, making 2019 his 50th year in uniform.