Brig (Dr) B K Khanna is veteran of Indo Pak War 1971, also known as Bangladesh Liberation War and fought as young Captain in Shamshernagar-Maulvibazaar-Sylyet and Dhaka University areas. He was felicitated by the Bangladesh Govt with title of ‘Freedom Fighter of Bangladesh’, in December 2019 during their 48th Independence Day Celebrations at Dhaka.
He commanded his Battalion in Srilanka during OP PAWAN and commanded an Army Formation in Western Sector and a Sub Area in Jammu and Kashmir. He has served in all counter insurgencies in India from 1966 to 1997. He also served in BSF as Sector Commander Jaisalmer Sector and Chief Instructor , BSF Academy, Tekanpur for six long years.
After superannuating from Indian Army/BSF, he served in National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), as Consultant-cum-Senior faculty on disaster management and climate change for two years and in National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA), Government of India as Founder Senior Advisor (Policy, Plans , Training & Capacity Development) from 28th Sep 2005 (day NDMA was set up by an executive order) till 31 March 2014, when he superannuated.
In his capacity as Senior Advisor, he was involved in formulation of India’s National Disaster Management Policy, National Disaster Response Plan, National Guidelines on making State Disaster and Crisis Management Plans, Chemical (Industrial) Disasters, Earthquakes, Floods and Cyclones.
He was a National Core Group Member for evolving Guidelines on Chemical (Terrorism), Fire Services, Civil Defence, Community Based Disaster Management (CBDM) and Incident Response System (IRS). He was also a Core Group Member for evolving Action Plan for Chemical (Industrial) Disasters by Ministry of Environment and Forests.
He was involved in planning and implementation of DM Plans for Kumbh Mela in Haridwar and Maha Kumbh Mela in Jan-Mar 2013 at Allahabad. He has participated in various capacities in managing Orissa Super Cyclone 1999, Bhuj Eaarthuake 2001, Indian Ocean Tsunami 2004, J&K Earthquake 2005, Floods in Assam, Bihar and Orissa in 2006-2012, Sikkim Earthquake 2011, Uttarakhand Flash Floods 2013, J&K Floods 2014 and various man made disasters, like Radiation Accident at Mayapuri Scrap Market in New Delhi, epidemics like Nipah virus in May-Aug 2018, Zika.Virus in May 2017, Chickengunia, dengue and Aviation flu in 2006.
He is on the Panel of the Central Board of secondary Education, for conducting mock exercises and judging the regional and national level science exhibitions. He is expert in Crowd Management at Religious Places and has made Contingency and DM Plans for Tirumala & Tirupati, Amarnath Yatra and Maha-Kumbh in Allahabad and helped Vaishno Devi (SMVDSB) in formulating one. At the instance of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, he carried out DM Audit of Arunachal Pradesh State and two of its most vulnerable districts namely Itanagar-Naharlagun twin city and Papumpare in March 2015.
He also carried out triple audit (DM, Security and Fire Safety) of over 235 schools and important institutional buildings like NDMA and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries ( FICCI).
The President of India recognized his Services to the Nation for bravery during war and exceptional duties during peace time, by decorating him eight times including with Sena Medal (for Bravery) & Vishisht Seva Medal and Bar(for showing exceptional courage and devotion to duty), Chief of the Army Staff Commendation, Army Commander Commendation(2 times) and DG BSF Commendation(2 times). The national Govt, State Govts & UN have also commended him numerous times for his contribution in the field of Disaster Management. He is a known international expert on Disaster Management in India. Search on Google will throw more light on his work in capacity development & conduct of mock exercises. Brig Khanna has a rare combination of rich experience in the field, including war, counter insurgency and disaster management and in academics.
Brig Khanna has earned a name for himself in the ARMY , BSF, NIDM, NDMA,FICCI, UN ARISE in the field of Security, Disaster Management, Climate Change , as a warrior, teacher, mentor and advisor, now will devote his energies for serving the nation in another “AVATAAR” through politics, with sole aim to upkeep the core values on which our Constitution is based and also give back to the society what he has learnt in his long years of service to the Nation, particularly for the common man and the middle man, to have a say in governance, not only by voting once after five years but constant involvement and as active participant.