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Adm Arun Prakash PVSM, AVSM,VrC, VSM (retd)
The writer retired as the Navy Chief and Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee in end-2006. He writes and speaks on issues of national security and maritime interest and is, currently a member of the National Security Advisory Board.
Air Cmde Jasjit Singh AVSM, VrC, VM (retd)
The writer is Director of Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi. He is Fellow of World Academy of Science and Art and has been awarded the Padma Bhushan for a life-time’s contribution to national security and defence.
Air Marshal B K Pandey (retd)
The writer is former AOC-in-C HQ Training Command, IAF, Bengaluru and served for three years in a Diplomatic Assignment at the Indian Embassy during the years of turmoil (1989-1992) in war-torn Afghanistan. He was responsible for setting up the only English Medium School in Kabul at that point in time. He has also been Operations Manager at ARC, an intelligence organisation.
Air Marshal P Bandhopadhyaya (retd)
The writer is a key player in revolutionising the position and prominence of women in the Indian armed forces. She was a first woman Air Marshal of India and the first fellow of the Aerospace Medical Society of India. She is also the first Indian woman to have conducted scientific research at the North Pole.
Air Marshal S G Inamdar (retd)
The writer was Fighter Pilot, retired from IAF as Air Marshal in 2003. He has flown over 4700 hours on 28 different types of aircraft and commanded No 7 Squadron (The 'Battleaxes'). He is Chairman, Defence Committee, ASSOCHAM and Vice President and Country Head of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in India.
Air Marshal T M Asthana (retd)
The writer, a fighter pilot, was appointed first Commander-in-Chief of the Strategic Forces Command in January 2003 with responsibility for India's nuclear weapons and held this post till retirement in June 2004. He was Assistant Chief of Operations, ACAS (Ops) at Air Headquarters in January 1999 during the Kargil Operations.
Air Vice Marshal A K Tiwary VSM (retd)
The writer commanded a MiG-29 Squadron in late 80s. His various command and staff appointments like Chief Operations Officer at a major Wing, operational planning at Command level, Director Concept Studies at Air HQ, Command of a major flying base, Head of the Training Team (Air) at Defence Service Staff College and Senior Directing Staff (Air) at National Defence College have conferred a rich practical experience. The air staff course at DSSC Wellington (TN), Command and Air War Course at the Air University, Maxwell Airbase, Montgomery (USA), all inducted and accelerated his interest in air war studies. After premature retirement he now flies as Commander on Boeing 737-800 NG.
Amb Arundhati Ghose
The writer joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1963 and served in various capacities in the Ministry of External Affairs and in Indian missions abroad. Was in charge of economic relations when economic reforms were launched in 1991. Served in the Branch Secretariat of the Ministry to liaise with the Bangladesh Government-in-exile in Calcutta during the birthpangs of that nation-State. Served as Ambassador in Egypt, South Korea and as Permanent Representative to UNESCO and to the UN Offices in Geneva. As Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva she etched in indelible words the sovereign resolve of the Indian nation never to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Her words reverberate in Indian hearts to this day. She told the world in measured, authoritative tones that India would never sign the CTBT. Not now! Not ever!
Amb Ashok Sajjanhar
The writer a Postgraduate in Physics from Delhi University and a career diplomat, has served as Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia. He has also held several significant positions in Indian Embassies in Moscow, Teheran, Geneva, Dhaka, Bangkok, Washington and Brussels. He negotiated for India in the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations. He has been an active participant in many International Seminars organised by UNCTAD and WTO.
Amb Dr Kanwal Sibal
The writer joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1966. He reached the highest position in the Indian Foreign Service on his appointment as Foreign Secretary to the Government of India from July 2002 to November 2003. He is a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board. He is on the Board of Directors of the New York based East-West Institute. He is on the Advisory Board of the Vivekanand International Foundation. He has received the high distinction of Grand Officier of the Ordre du Merite from France.
Amb P P Shukla
The writer did his Masters from Delhi School of Economics and joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974. During a career spanning 37 years, he served in Moscow, Brussels, London and Kathmandu, among other places. He served in Delhi twice, including as the Diplomatic Adviser to the Prime Minister from 1996 to 2000. He has recently retired as Ambassador of India to Moscow. He is currently working as Joint Director in the Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi.
Amb Rajiv Sikri
The writer was a career diplomat and retired in 2006 as Secretary in India's Ministry of External Affairs. He has served as India's Ambassador to Kazakhstan and headed the Departments dealing with West Europe as well as the Soviet Union and East Europe in India's Ministry of External Affairs. Now a strategic consultant, he is associated with leading think tanks in India and abroad. He is the author of "Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India's Foreign Policy".
Brig (Dr) Anil Sharma (retd)
The writer is currently Director-SA in the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun and Joint Director at Institute of National Security Studies, New Delhi, as also Senior Research Fellow with Forum for Strategic and Security Studies, New Delhi. He is former head of the office of Net Assessment, HQ Integrated Defence Staff and retired from armed forces in April, 2008 and, since then, has been actively involved in Research Project of 13th Finance Commission, National Security Secretariat, NCAER, DRDO and the USI of India.
Brig (Dr) Arun Sahgal (retd)
The writer is Consultant with IPCS and Founder Director Net Assessment, Integrated Defence Staff and former Member National Task Force on Net Assessment and Simulation.
Brig (Dr) B K Khanna (retd)
The writer is Senior Specialist (Training and Capacity Development) in National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), New Delhi. He did his PhD in 'Internal Threat to India - Policy and Options' and has been in Disaster Management field for over 37 years. He is visiting faculty in 34 universities / training institutions in India and has been decorated with Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal.
Brig Chitranjan Sawant, VSM (retd)
The writer is a well-known commentator on television and radio and has been giving running commentaries on Akashvani, Doordarshan and other channels on the Republic Day Parade and other national events for 38 years in Hindi. He has travelled widely and written on events in the conflict zones around the world.
Brig Gen Ioannis Galatas, MD, PhD, MA, MC (retd)
The writer holds a PhD degree in Medicine and a Master’s Degree in “International Terrorism, Organised Crime and Global Security” from Coventry University, UK. He is the Editor of the on-line “CBRNE-Terrorism Newsletter”. Since August 2010 he is the CBRN Scientific Coordinator at Research Institute of European-American Studies, holds the position of Vice Chairman of Greek Intelligence Studies Association and CEO of CBRN Hydra Consulting while being a CBRN consultant for CristaniniS.p.A (leading Italian decontamination company). His last military appointment before his voluntary retirement in August 2010, was as Head of the Department of Asymmetric Threats at the Intelligence Analysis Branch, of Joint Military Intelligence Division of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff in Athens, Greece.
Brig Gurmeet Kanwal (retd)
The writer is a Delhi-based defence analyst.
Brig Rahul K Bhonsle (retd)
The writer is an army veteran presently Director of Sasia Security-Risks.com Pvt Ltd, a South Asian security risk and knowledge management consultancy. His most recent book is, "Securing India: Assessment of Security and Defence Capabilities".
Brig Rumel Dahiya (retd)
The writer retired from Net Assessment Directorate at Integrated Defence Staff of the Indian Armed Forces in 2009 and joined IDSA in February 2010 as Advisor, Net Assessment and Defence Studies. He previously served as a Defence Attache to Turkey, Syria and Lebanon and with the Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan. He also served with Military Operations Directorate of the Indian Army. He has had extensive command and staff experience during his 32 years military career, including that in counter-insurgency situations. He is a graduate of the National Defence College and Defence Services Staff College. He was awarded the Sword of Honour and Gold Medal at Indian Military Academy on his commissioning.
Capt Albert Louis (retd)
The writer is founder and CEO of Specialist Advisory and Intervention Group. He is a Counter Terrorism, Intelligence, Safety and Protective Services expert and has had a distinguished career in the Indian Army – Parachute Regiment (Special Forces), Corps of Signals, United Nations, Army Aero Nodal Centre. He has been associated with prestigious Officer’s Training Academy, Military College of Telecom Engineering and Military Headquarters of War. He has also been Head, Protective Services, Mahindra Special Services Group.
Cdr Sunil Chauhan (retd)
The writer is an independent researcher focusing on international security issues, climate change and disaster risk management. He was commissioned in the Indian Navy in 1985. He is a Fellow of the International Congress on Disaster Management (FICDM) and a Certified Master Trainer of Trainers from Emergency Management Institute (EMI),Emmitsburgh, US. He is also a resource for Indian Institutes and UN Agencies for training on disaster management, conducting table top exercises and risk assessment.
Cmde Ranjit Bhawnani Rai (retd)
The writer is a former Director Naval Intelligence and Director Naval Operations. Presently he is Vice President of Indian Maritime Foundation, New Delhi.
Cmde Sujeet Samaddar NM (retd)
The writer retired as the Principal Director Naval Plans. He served NOVA Integrated Systems- A TATA Enterprise as Vice President (Operations) until October 2011. He is presently Director and CEO, ShinMaywa Industries India Limited.
Cmde Uday Bhaskar (retd)
The writer is Director, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi. He headed the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and was member-secretary, Government of india's Task Force on Global Strategic Developments.
Col A G Thomas (retd)
The writer was commissioned in EME prior to the ’71 war and later seconded to DRDO. He served DRDO for 22 years in various capacities in different establishments. He was posted to the HCI London in a diplomatic assignment as Deputy Technical Adviser (Defence) – accredited to most west European countries and USA. Subsequently he was posted at CVRDE, Avadi and also as Registrar Academics and head of General Staff (GS) branch at the Institute of Armament Technology (IAT), Pune, India.
Col R S N Singh
The writer is former Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) officer and has authored books on strategic and military aspects. He is also an Associate Editor of Indian Defence Review magazine
Col Rajinder Singh
The writer is an alumnus of National Defence Academy and commissioned into 3 Bihar battalion in June 1971. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Army War College, Mhow. He has vast experience of handling militancy, terrorism and insurgency intimately for over 20 years in Nagaland, Assam, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
Col Utkarsh S Rathore (retd)
The writer was commissioned into Maratha Light Infantry in 1980. He has served in high altitude areas and c o u n t e r - i n s u r g e n c y operations. He commanded an infantry battalion during Operations Rakshak and Parakram. He is a defence and security expert and threat and risk analyst.
Dr A S Bawa
The writer is Director Defence Food Research Laboratory, Mysore, India. He has received many awards for his outstanding contributions to the field of food science and technology. He has more than two hundred and fifteen publications and one hundred and fifty presentations in National and International journals.
Dr Ahmad Reza Taheri
Dr Ahmad Reza Taheri holds Postdoctoral and PhD in Political Science. He is a Scholar in Iranian Baloch Studies, as well as, currently is an Assistant Professor at the Islamic Azad University Science & Research (Iran). Dr Taheri is Editor in Chief at Online Thinker, and Founder of Taheri Entrepreneurship of Daneshyaran of Humanities, a private think tank. He is a Member of Iran's Political Science Association, as well as, Iranian International Studies Association. He has written nine books, published nine papers in internationally recognized journals and think tanks, and has presented many lectures on society and politics.
Dr Ajai Sahni
The writer is Executive Director, Institute for Conflict Management and South Asia Terrorism Portal and Editor, South Asia Intelligence Review.
Dr Ajey Lele
The writer is a research fellow at IDSA, New Delhi. He has done his PhD in International Relations from JNU, New Delhi. His areas of interest include issues related to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) Non-Military Threats and Strategic Technologies. He has recently authored a book titled 'Strategic Technologies for the Military'.
Dr Ali Ahmed
The writer is Assistant Professor at the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
Dr Anupam Mondal
The writer is Scientist "F" and Jt. Director, Head, Division of Pet Imaging, Molecular Imaging Research Centre, INMAS, Delhi.
Dr Arun Mohanty
The writer teaches at School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He is the editor-in-chief of the research journal Eurasian Report. He has published 7 books. He specialists in Russian foreign and security policy, Russian economy, Indo-Russian bilateral relations.
Dr Arvind Gupta
The writer an IFS officer is presently on deputation to the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, India as Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair in Strategic and Defence Studies. Prior to joining the IDSA, he was Joint Secretary at the National Security Council Secretariat. At the IDSA he heads the South Asia and Internal Security Clusters and edits the Institute's flagship bi-monthly journal Strategic Analysis.
Dr Arvind Kumar
The writer is Professor and Head of Department of Geopolitics and International Relations at Manipal University, Manipal, India.
Dr B R Deepak
The writer is an Associate Professor of Chinese Studies in Centre of Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is also the Managing Editor of THINK INDIA Quarterly.
Dr Bidanda Chengappa
The writer is presently associated with the Centre for Land Warfare Studies, New Delhi, India. He has been a consultant with the Directorate of Net Assessment of the Ministry of Defence and a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He has lectured widely at army fighting formations, paramilitary and police training institutions. He has authored two books: One on Indian national security and foreign policy towards China and another one on Pakistan's Islamisation, besides a research monograph on the Pakistani ISI Directorate. He holds a masters in strategic studies from the Madras University and a PhD in Political Science from the Bangalore University.
Dr Harsh K Sinha
The writer is reader, Dept. of Defence and Strategic Studies in DDU Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur. He has been a fellow of Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo and his areas of interest are conflict and media, strategic culture and non-traditional security threats.
Dr Harsh V Pant
The Writer is Reader in International Relations at King's College London and an affiliate with the King's India Institute.
Dr Jagmohan Meher
The writer teaches Political Science, International Relations and Area Studies at National Defence Academy,Khadakwasla, Pune, India. He is a former Fulbright Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of the books, America's Afghanistan War: The Success That Failed and Afghanistan: Dynamics of Survival.
Dr L V Krishnan
The writer is former Director, Safety Research Group. Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research.Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu. A physicist by training, he has served in the DAE for nearly four decades, the first half of which was spent in BARC at Trombay engaged in safety analysis and review of various types of nuclear installations. In the second half of service he was engaged in setting up a Safety Research Laboratory at IGCAR Kalpakkam. Post-retirement, he has co-authored two books. One of them is a historical chronicle titled 'Atomic Energy in India - Fifty Years'. It was published by the DAE in 1998 and had C. V. Sundaram and T. S. Iyengar as the other contributors. The other book titled 'Elements of Nuclear Power' with R. Ramanna as the co-author was published by Gandhi Science Centre of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. He is also the co-author of the report published by CSTEP titled 'Nuclear Power - The Road Ahead'.
Dr Lora Saalman
The writer is an associate in the Nuclear Policy Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, based at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing. She completed her PhD entirely in Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she was the first American to earn a doctorate from its Department of International Relations.
Dr M C Abani
The writer is former Head, Radiation Safety Systems Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Member Secretary, BARC Safety Council. He is recipient of Dr. A. K.Ganguly Oration Award for his contributions in the field of Radiation Protection. Presently he is working as a Senior Specialist (Nuclear) at National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), New Delhi.
Dr M Srinivasan
The writer is from the first batch of the BARC training school. He served as a Reactor Physicist and an experimental Nuclear Physicist at BARC, Mumbai for 40 years (1957 to 1997). His specialisation was in the general area of Nuclear Science and Technology, focusing on the "Physics of Fission Chain Reactions and Fusioning Plasmas". At the time of his retirement he was Head, Neutron Physics Division of BARC and also Associate Director of its Physics Group. His main contributions were in the design, construction and experimentation with the three Purnima series of experimental nuclear reactors at Trombay and played a key role in the 1974 Pokhran nuclear explosion experiment. He was responsible for initiating Fusion Plasma experiments culminating in the building of the huge 500 KJ Capacitor Bank Facility at Purnima laboratories. During the last seven years of his research career at BARC he was deeply involved in the study of the controversial new field of "Cold Fusion".
Dr Muzammal Hussain
The writer is alumnus of Aligarh Muslim University and is currently Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Higher Education, Government of Jammu and Kashmir and is posted at the Government Degree College, Ramnagar. The insurgency has caused him immense personal pain after his elder brother was beheaded by militants. He was forced to leave his village and take refuge in Jammu.
Dr P K Iyengar
The writer is former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission. He joined the Department of Atomic Energy in 1952 as a young research scientist. As Director, Physics Group at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India's premier research centre, he played a leading role, both scientifically and in terms of planning and coordination, in the Peaceful Nuclear Explosion at Pokharan in 1974, for which he was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 1975. He took over as Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in 1984. As Director, one of his first tasks was to take charge of the construction of the DHRUVA reactor, the completion of which was then in question and bring it to a successful conclusion. During his tenure as Chairman of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary to the Department of Atomic Energy he initiated proposals for the export of heavy water, research reactors, hardware for nuclear applications, etc., to earn precious foreign exchange.
Dr Pankaj Jha
The writer is Associate Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. He has done his PhD from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His areas of interest include Southeast Asia, terrorism, defence industry and related economic issues. He has written extensively on the issue of terrorism in Southeast Asia, including issues pertaining to radical Islam and counter terrorism policies.
Dr Pranav Kumar
The writer is currently Assistant Professor at Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University, Manipal. Prior to his current assignment, he was working as a Research Associate at the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He had a stint as an Assistant Professor at Hawassa University, Ethiopia. His areas of teaching and research interests include Indian Foreign Policy, International Politics, International Security Issues, Energy and Technological Cooperation and Governance.
Dr Prem Mahadevan
The writer is Senior Researcher for Intelligence, Sub-state Conflict and Organised Crime at the Center for Security Studies in Zurich, Switzerland. Between 2002 and 2009, he completed an undergraduate degree in War Studies and postgraduate and doctoral degrees in Intelligence Studies from King's College, London. He has written extensively on Indian and Pakistani intelligence agencies and his articles on Indian counter-terrorism have been made recommended reading for military officers in North America and Western Europe.
Dr Prem Shankar Jha
The writer has been Editor of The Economic Times, The Financial Express, and The Hindustan Times. He was the Information Adviser to V. P. Singh, former prime minister of India. He has authored many books and has been visiting Professor of the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, visiting Fellow of Nuffield College Oxford, visiting Fellow of the Centre for International Studies, Harvard University and is the first holder of the Chair on India's economy, at Sciences-Po, in Paris.
Dr Rajendra Prasad
The writer is Professor in the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies (DDSS) and Dean, Faculty of Science, DDU Gorakhpur University, UP, India.
Dr Rajiv Nayan
The writer is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi since 1993, where he specialises in export control, non-proliferation and arms control. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at Japan Institute of International Affairs, Tokyo, where he published his monograph - Non-Proliferation Issues in South Asia.
Dr Rakesh Datta
The writer is Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Defence and National Security Studies, Panjab University. Chandigarh, India.
Dr Rakesh Kumar Sharma
The writer is Scientist 'G', Additional Director and Head, Division of CBRN Defence, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi.
Dr S K Mishra
The writer is Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies at Government Post-Graduate College, Hissar (Haryana). He has written 29 books and more than a thousand articles and research articles on Defence Studies and allied subjects published in national and international magazines and newspapers. Awarded the First and Third Prizes for Original and Quality writing on Defence related issues in Hindi by the Ministry of Defence, Government of India, continuously for two years.
Dr S Utham Kumar Jamadhagni
The writer is Asst. Professor, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, University of Madras, Chennai. His areas of interest are Strategic Dimensions of Indo-US Relations, Maritime Security Issues and Conflict Resolution. He is visiting faculty at Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington.
Dr Sanjeev Bhadauria
The writer is Associate Professor, Dept. of Defence and Strategic Studies, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India.
Dr Satoru Nagao
The writer is a Research Fellow, Ocean Policy Research Foundation, Japan. He is an expert on strategic affairs and has written a PhD thesis about India’s military strategy, the first of its kind in Japan.
Dr Sharad K Soni
The writer teaches at Central Asian Studies Division, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has specialised in Mongolian and Central Asian Studies with particular focus on Mongolia, Kazakhstan as well as Tibet and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regions of China, besides Mongol culture areas in Siberian Republics of Tuva and Buryatia.
Dr Subhash C Kashyap
The writer is an Advocate and specialist Consultant in constitutional law, political management and parliamentary matters. He took voluntary retirement from the office of Secretary-General Lok Sabha in the year 1990. He has a few dozen prestigious published volumes and a few hundred papers, articles and monographs to his credit. Rich tributes have been paid to him by Presidents, Prime Ministers and other dignitaries.
Dr Sudhanshu Tripathi
The writer is Associate Professor, Political Science in Dr R M L Awadh University, Faizabad, UP.
Dr Sudhir Kumar Singh
The writer is Assistant Professor, Dayal Singh College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India and has written many books and articles on the thematic issues related to foreign policy. He did his PhD from School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi, India.
Dr Tej Pratap Singh
The writer is Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He has been awarded Faculty Research Fellowship by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, (SICI) and Charles Wallace Visiting Fellowship by Cambridge University. He is also Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow.
Dr Ved pratap Vaidik
The writer is a renowned expert on Afghanistan. He is the only one among the top Indian experts on international affairs, who has studied at Kabul University, knows the languages of Afghanistan and has travelled extensively in that country. His PhD thesis (JNU): A Comparative Study of Afghanistan's Relations with the USA and the USSR has won international acclaim, though it was written in Hindi, which ignited uproarious debates in the Indian Parliament 45 years ago. He has published two books and more than 80 articles and research papers on Afghanistan including a few in English, Russian and Persian. He has been in touch with almost all the Presidents, Prime Ministers and major factional leaders of Afghanistan throughout these years of turmoil. He is the former Editor of PTI-Bhasha and Nav Bharat Times. He has been a Senior Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) from 1981 to 83.
Dr Venkateshwaran Lokanathan
The writer is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations at Manipal University,Manipal, India. He has also worked as a Research Officer at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. His areas of interest include broader contours of International Security Affairs with specific focus on the United States, China and South Asia.
Dr Vijay Khare
The writer is Associate Professor Defence and Strategic Studies, University of Pune, India. He is also founder director of International Forum For Democracy And Peace (IFFDP), Istanbul. His areas of interest include Internal Security, Terrorism, Non-Traditional Security, Conflict Resolution, Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations etc.
Dr Vivek Lall
The writer was appointed as President and CEO at Reliance Industries Limited (India's largest private sector company) in the Chairman's Office to spearhead growth in New Ventures in April 2011. His vast knowledge and experience as a global business leader are enabling global partnerships that bring critical key technologies to India. In August 2011, he has also been appointed as Distinguished Fellow at India's Premier think tank Observer Research Foundation. In April 2012, he has been appointed as Chairman of the Indo-US Strategic Dialogue by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. Vivek was appointed as Vice President and Country Head, Boeing Defense Space & Security in May 2007. Vivek brought significant India market and customer insights, which helped address the emerging needs of India. He led a team to conclude the path breaking and largest ever US-India defense deals for C17 strategic lift, P-8I Anti-submarine warfare aircraft and Harpoon Missiles. He oversaw multiple campaigns as well as pan India strategic industrial tie-ups. Vivek had also served as Managing Director of Boeing Commercial Airplanes in India. During his tenure, the largest ever commercial airplane order in Indian aviation history by the Government of India was finalised. He also served as the founding Co-Chair of the US-India Aviation Cooperation Program launched by Norman Mineta in 2005.
Vivek has held numerous leadership roles in marketing and engineering at Boeing in the United States including manager in the Airplane Performance and Propulsion group. Prior to Boeing he worked for Raytheon and with NASA Ames Research Center in various multidisciplinary engineering fields. He also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Embry-Riddle, McConnell Air Force Base while working at Raytheon. He taught classes in aerodynamics and propulsion for aircraft and spacecraft to US Air Force and Boeing personnel.
Vivek earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Carleton University in Canada and a Masters of Aeronautical Engineering degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. He also has his Ph D in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University in Kansas and his MBA from City University in Washington. He has also completed management and executive courses at the American Management Association in Washington DC and the Boeing Leadership Center in St Louis.
Vivek has been the recipient of several honors, including the 2008 OCA National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award. He has also received a gold medal from Cambridge (UK) for his scientific contributions to the field of aerospace and has been cited in Who's Who several times. He is in the Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Honor Society as well as the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society. He was President of the Mathematical Association of America and is a member of various engineering and management societies in the US. He has authored over thirty articles in various journals. He was also trained as a private pilot at the Phoenix International Flight Training Center. Vivek served as Chairman of the Defense Committee of the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). Further, he served as the Chairman, Defence Equipment Committee, AMCHAM and is on the panel of the FICCI Defense Task force. Vivek had the distinct honor of representing 2,500 companies as Regional President of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, the only US-India bilateral chamber.
Gen V P Malik PVSM, AVSM, VSM (retd)
The writer assumed charge of the Indian Army, as the 19th Chief of Army Staff, on 30 September 1997. He was decorated with the ParamVishishtSeva Medal (PVSM) in 1996. He took over as Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee with effect from 01 January 1999. He coordinated and oversaw the planning and execution of Operation Vijay to successfully defeat Pakistan’s attempted intrusion in the Kargil sector during May to July 1999.
Gp Capt J V Singh (retd)
The writer was commissioned as an Officer in Indian Air Force in 1978. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and in addition has undergone a diploma course at National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) during his service tenure. He has also worked as a Senior Fellow with Centre for Air Power Studies while he was in active service for a period of two years. He has recently retired from Indian Air Force and he has rejoined as a senior fellow at the Centre once again. His current research project relates to the understanding of China’s Aerospace Strategy and its present status and future implications for the Asia Pacific Region as well as its larger role as a global player.
Gr Capt Rajiv Mata (retd)
The writer is an Ex IAF Fighter Pilot. He has been an Instructor at the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington for four years and a Research Fellow with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) for six years. He presently works as a Defence Analyst and an Aerospace Consultant.
Late Shri K Subrahmanyan
The writer was former Director, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). He served as Secretary, Defence Production; worked as Convenor, National Security Advisory Board; Chairman, Kargil Review Panel and Consulting Editor, The Times of India. He made the recommandations to the government for the Indian National Defence University (INDU) in June 2002.
Late Shri Maloy Krishan Dhar
The writer served as a Senior Operative in the Intelligence Bureau. After retirement, he took to authoring books and freelance journalism, and has contributed to English and Hindi newspapers and magazines.
Lt Gen Aditya Singh PVSM, AVSM (retd)
The writer retired on 30 September 2007 as GOC-in-C, Southern Command, the largest and senior-most Command of the Indian Army. Prior to this he had been C-in-C, Andaman & Nicobar Command from January 2005 in the aftermath of the Earthquake and Tsunami of 26 December 2004. In this capacity he was also the Vice Chairman and Operational Head of the Integrated Relief Command responsible for the emergency relief and rehabilitation of the ravaged Islands. He now devotes time to strategic and national security issues, looking after educational establishments and building institutions.
Lt Gen B S Pawar, PVSM, AVSM (retd)
The writer is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College and National Defence Academy and was commissioned into Artillery in June 1968. He fought the 1971 war as an Observation Post Officer in the Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir. He was the Brigade Major of an Infantry and Mountain Brigade and a Director in the Perspective Planning Directorate. He commanded a Rocket Regiment and has the distinction of commanding the largest Artillery Brigade in Jammu and Kashmir. He was Maj Gen Artillery, Western Command during Operation Parakram. He also headed the Army Aviation Corps and was the Commandant, School of Artillery. He hung his boots in September 2008. A defence analyst, he writes for a number of defence journals and publications. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Rotary Wing Society of India.
Lt Gen Arvind Sharma, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (retd)
The writer is a former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Army Command. His operational responsibility encompassed borders with China, Myanmar and Bangladesh; all troops including Assam Rifles deployed in the north-eastern states for counter-insurgency operations were part of his command. An infantry officer, in his four decades plus of service in the Army, he has dealt with insurgency in J&K and the north-eastern states.
Lt Gen Dilip Bhardwaj PVSM, AVSM (retd)
The writer is a Former Director General of the Mechanised Forces.
Lt Gen Dr D B Shekatkar PVSM, AVSM, VSM (retd)
The writer has served extensively in north-east from 1964 to 2000. He mastered the art of counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism. He also combated terrorism in Punjab and Kashmir. He was head of the operational group of Unified command in Assam. He also served as Additional Director General Military Operations and also as Additional Director General Perspective (Strategic) Planning at Army HQ New Delhi. He was Chair Professor, Policy Studies in the Dept. of Defence & Strategic Studies at University of Pune. He is President of the Forum for Integrated National Security of India.
Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee, PVSM, AVSM, YSM (retd)
The writer was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers in June 1971. During his 40 years of service, the writer has taken part in all operations and has served in all field and high altitude areas. He was the Chief of Staff, Central Command and then the Commandant, Officers' Training Academy, Chennai before superannuating in June 2011.
Lt Gen H S Lidder, PVSM, UYSM, YSM, VSM (retd)
The writer was commissioned in Indian Army in December 1967 in the elite Parachute Regiment. A Special Forces officer, he has extensive experience of Sub-conventional Warfare. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College. He has experience of multifarious instructional, staff and command assignments. He has been Military Liaison Officer in Indian Embassy at Colombo and was Defence Military Adviser in Embassy of India at Washington DC when momentous changes in Indo-US relations began to take shape. He hung his uniform as the CISC, IDS.
Lt Gen J F R Jacob PVSM (retd)
The writer was the Chief of Staff of Eastern Command during the 1971 war for the liberation of Bangladesh. He is widely regarded as one of the key architects of that spectacular victory. Post retirement, he has served as the Governor of the states of Punjab and Goa.
Lt Gen Kamal Davar, PVSM, AVSM (retd)
The writer is a distinguished soldier having served in all theatres of operations in his 41 years of service. A veteran of the 65 and 71 operations, he was wounded in action in the 1965 ops. Was the first armoured corps officer to be specially selected to be GOC Ladakh where he implemented many innovative operational and logistical innovations. Has been Chief of Staff of a Corps HQ in J&K and then as GOC 11 Corps responsible for the defence of Punjab. He was especially selected by the Govt of India to raise the Defence Intelligence Agency after the Kargil War. After retirement the General writes and lectures on security issues. He is widely known to passionately espouse the cause of jointness in the Indian Armed Forces. As the first DG DIA, many intelligence initiatives including abroad were taken by him.
Lt Gen Karan Yadava PVSM, AVSM, VSM (retd)
The writer was commissioned in the Indian Army in November 1971 and joined the 4/3 Gorkha Rifles. He retired from the army as Director General Assam Rifles in September 2010. He is presently Vice Chancellor of YMCA University of Science and Technology at Faridabad, Haryana.
Lt Gen O P Kaushik (retd)
The writer has been the Chief of Staff of the Eastern Army Command and the Vice Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana.
Lt Gen R K Nanavatty (retd)
The writer has commanded a Brigade in the Siachen Glacier, a Division on the LC in Jammu and Kashmir, a Corps in the north-east and finally the prestigious Northern Army at a time when death blows were inflicted on the Kashmiri terrorists. He is a highly regarded field commander and a thorough professional.
Lt Gen R K Sawhney, PVSM, AVSM (retd)
The writer retired as the Deputy Chief of the Army Staff. He is a post graduate in Defence and Security Planning from the Royal College of Defence Studies, London. He has commanded an Infantry Battalion, Division and Corps during his military career and subsequently served as the Director General of Military Intelligence. He is presently a Distinguished Fellow of Vivekananda International Foundation, a think tank in New Delhi, comprising retired senior officers of Armed Forces, diplomats, intelligence officers and civil servants.
Lt Gen S N Handa, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (retd)
The writer was commissioned into the Fifth Battalion of the Third Gorkha Rifles in November 1971 on the eve of Indo-Pak War 1971 and saw action with his battalion in the Kargil Sector. He commanded his battalion in Op Rakshak in the Punjab and was Deputy General Officer Commanding of an infantry division in the deserts during Op Parakram. Having commanded the Ahmedabad based Golden Katar division he was Chief of Staff of the Srinagar based Chinar Corps. Later he commanded the Jodhpur based Desert Corps and was Chief of Staff of the Jaipur based South Western Command before taking over as Director General Infantry in March 2010 from where he superannuated in April 2011.
Lt Gen Shantonu Choudhary (retd)
The writer retired as Vice Chief of Army Staff in January 2005. He has served in Military Operations and Military Intelligence Directorates and has been an instructor in Defence Services Staff College. He is a widely read officer who writes regularly on national security.
Lt Gen Sudhir Sharma, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VSM (retd)
The writer is a graduate of the Staff College at Camberley (UK), and commanded his unit as part of IPKF in Sri Lanka and later J&K. He was Military Adviser, Indian High Commission at London (UK). He retired as the Quarter Master General of the Army, wherein he made major contribution in modernising the logistic chain management of the forces. Decorated twice by the President for his exemplary service and devotion, he is an MPhil in defence studies. He writes on strategic issues and gives lectures on decision making and positivity to the corporate sector.
Lt Gen V G Patankar (retd)
The writer was the Quartermaster General of the Indian Army before he retired. He is Distinguished Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. During the Kargil war, he was commanding 28 Infantry Division on the Line of Control in J&K. For the role played by him in that war, he was awarded Uttam Yudh Seva Medal. Later he was the Corps Commander of the prestigious 15 Corps engaged in management of the Line of Control and counter terrorist operations in the Kashmir Valley.
Lt Gen V K Ahluwalia PVSM, AVSM**, YSM, VSM (retd)
The writer was the Army Commander, Central Command prior to his superannuation. He is a graduate of Staff College, Higher Command Course and National Defence Course (NDC) Dhaka (Bangladesh). With a balanced command, staff and instructional profile during his service, he has commanded the brigade, division and corps, all in the intense operational environment of Northern Command. As the Army Commander Central Command, he has analysed the Naxal problem, the ground realities and strategic challenges towards conflict resolution.
Lt Gen V K Chopra (retd)
The writer is an Artillery officer. A graduate of the DSSC, Higher Management & National Defence College. He has held senior staff appointments at various levels, including Master General Ordnance, Director General Operational Logistics & Additional Director General Financial Planning, twice, for over six years.
Lt Gen V K Jetley (retd)
The writer retired as Master General of Ordnance, Army Headquarters. A fourth generation officer, who was commissioned into the Infantry in 1965. During 40 years service in the Indian Army he has held various prestigious command and staff appointments which include command of a Brigade deployed in the highest battlefield in the world, a division in the desert and a corps in active insurgency areas. He retired as Master General of Ordnance. As UN Force Commander in Sierra Leone November 1999 to October 2000. He executed the highly acclaimed "Operation Khukri" which broke the back of the rebels.
Lt Gen V R Raghavan, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM (retd)
The writer is President, Centre for Security Analysis (CSA) and Director, Delhi Policy Group (DPG) After a distinguished career in the Indian Army, where he was decorated on three occasions, Gen. Raghavan retired as Director General of Military Operations. His combat experience included operations in wars with Pakistan and China and in counter-insurgency campaigns. The General has authored books amongst which, the monograph, India's Need for Strategic Balance; essay on Limited War and Nuclear Escalation in South Asia, the books Infantry in India, and Siachen Conflict without End are widely known. He has edited more than a dozen books. His articles have been carried in leading newspapers, journals, magazines in India and internationally. He is a Guest Lecturer at Indian War colleges and the National Defence College. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Science and Army Staff College, U.K. in 1968 His expertise lies in Security and Peace Studies, Nuclear Deterrence and Non-Proliferation, CBMs, Non-Traditional Security, South Asia, Military History & War Studies.
Maj Gen (Dr) Sheru Thapliyal, SM (retd)
The writer is now working for a multinational information technology company after his premature retirement from the Army, . He is PhD in Sino-Indian Relations and contributes regularly to magazines, periodicals and newspapers on Strategy, Security and Defence related issues.
Maj Gen Afsir Karim, AVSM (retd)
The writer is a well known retired Indian Army General and a military scholar who has authored several books on strategic affairs & military studies. He is a graduate of the Defense Services Staff College, Wellington and the National Defence College.
Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch, SM, VSM (retd)
The writer is the Additional Director, Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi, India.
Maj Gen Dipankar Banerjee (retd)
The writer has served in all operational theatres and the wars of the Indian Army. Commissioned into the 1st Gorkha Rifles in December 1960 he has been an instructor at the Indian Military Academy, the College of Combat and twice at the Defence Services Staff College (once as Chief Instructor Army). He attended the Staff College at Camberley, UK and the National Defence College, New Delhi. For the last 23 years he has held Director level positions at leading think tanks in India and the region specialising in international security and strategy.
Maj Gen (Dr) Mrinal Suman, AVSM, VSM (retd)
The writer heads Defence Technical Assessment and Advisory Service (DTAAS) of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He did MSc in Defence Studies and Doctorate in Public Administration. He commanded an Engineer Regiment in the most hostile battlefield in the world i.e., the Siachen Glacier.He was awarded a gold medal for being 'the most outstanding engineer of the year'. He was the first Technical Manager [Land Systems] when the newly created Acquisition Wing was established in the Ministry of Defence in 2001. He has been closely associated with the evolution and promulgation of the new defence procurement mechanism.
Maj Gen (Dr) J K Bansal (retd)
The writer is Member, National Disaster Management Authority, Govt. of India. Prior to this he served in Army Medical Corps and Defence Research and Development Organisation. He is the pioneer of Radiation Disaster Medical Management Centre, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, Delhi. He established NBC Mitigation Division and NBC Training Centre at Defence Research and Development Establishment, Gwalior.
Maj Gen P K Chakravorty, VSM (retd)
The writer is an alumnus of National Defence Academy who was comissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on 31 March 1972. A Silver Gunner who has undergone the Long Gunnery Staff Course, Staff College and is a graduate of the National Defence College. He has commanded a Medium Regiment and a Composite Artillery Brigade. He was Major General Artillery of an operational Command, Commandant of Selection Centre South in Bangalore and Additional Director General Artillery at Army Headquarters. He has also served as the Defence Attache to Vietnam and is a prolific writer on strategic subjects.
Maj Gen Ramesh C Chopra, AVSM (retd)
The writer was the Chief of Intelligence, Indian Army and thereafter, a CEO with the TATA Group. He is presently actively engaged in several Peace Forums, International Think Tanks and NGOs in India and abroad (China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Africa, Europe & USA). He is actively involved in Track-2 peace efforts with Pakistan besides being the Vice President of the India-Pakistan Soldier's Peace Initiative.
Maj Gen V K Singh (retd)
The writer served in the Army for 35 years, his last appointment being Chief Signal Officer of the Western Army. In November 2000 he joined the Cabinet Secretariat, (R&AW), where he served up to June 2004, when he retired from government service. He has authored five books including India's External Intelligence - Secrets of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in 2007.
Mr Ajit Doval, KC, IPS (retd)
The writer is a Former Director, Intelligence Bureau. After topping Agra University in M.A. Economics in 1967, he joined Indian Police Service in 1968. He joined the Intelligence Bureau in 1972, and held various senior positions within the country and abroad including North-East, Sikkim, Punjab, J&K, Pakistan, U.K., etc. Highly rated expert on terrorism, counter-intelligence and operations, he was a Founder Chairman, Multi Agency Centre and Joint Task Force on Intelligence. He is a recipient of Kirti Chakra, one of the highest military decorations for Gallantry. He was also a country's youngest officer to be awarded prestigious Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service at the age of 29 years, a record he still holds. A recipient of President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service, he is a graduate of National Defence College. A noted Strategic Analyst and writer on national security issues; he is presently a Director Vivekananda Kendra International and Secretary General of Policy Perspective Foundation.
Mr Amitabh Thakur, IPS
The writer is an IPS officer of UP cadre. He is presently working in Economic Offences Wing at Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. He is a B Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur. He has been SP of nearly 10 districts in UP and has also served at other important places like Vigilance, Intelligence, Special Enquiry, CB-CID and Police Academy, Moradabad UP.
Mr Anoop A J
The writer is an expert on Left Wing Extremism and is a researcher with Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi.
Mr B V Kumar, IRS
The writer was Director-General (Revenue Intelligence) and Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau. During the Interpol Conference held at Nice in November 1987, he was elected as President of the Drugs Committee which is one of the most important Committees of Interpol. Visiting Lecturer at National Defence College, New Delhi and National Police Academy, Hyderabad. Co-authored a book "The Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Laws of India" and authored "The Preventive Detention Laws of India".
Mr Bachaspatimayum Sunzu
The writer is based in Imphal and is the Chief of Bureau of Manipur with NETV. He is a senior TV journalist and has reported extensively on conflict and related issues in the North-east.
Mr Cecil Victor
The writer has covered all wars with Pakistan as War Correspondent and reported from the conflict zones in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in South East Asia as well as from Afghanistan. He is author of India: The Security Dilemma.
Mr Claude Arpi
The writer is a senior journalist and author of repute. He specialises in geopolitics and Indo-EU (Indo-French) relations.
Mr Dani Reshef
The writer is an Israeli citizen, living in the Galilee, Israel. In the mid 70s, he studied History of the Middle-east and Arabic in Haifa University. He is manager and owner of the www.globaljihad.net
Mr Dattesh D Prabhu Parulekar
The writer is Assistant Professor (International Relations), at the UGC Centre for Latin American Studies, Goa University, Goa, India.
Mr Deba R Mohanty
The writer is Senior Fellow in Security Studies at the Observer Research Foundation and currently holds the position of Vice President (PP), the Society for Study in Peace and Conflict (SSPC), New Delhi.
Mr E N Rammohan, IPS(retd)
The writer is 1965 batch IPS officer of Assam cadre. He has been Suptdt. of Police Khasi Hills Shillong, Deputy Inspector General of Police - Northern Range Tezpur during infamous election of 1983, Inspector General of Police Operations Guwahati during op Bajrang and op Rhino, SP and DIG CBI, IGP CRPF north-east IG BSF Kashmir 1993-95. DG BSF 1997-2000. Advisor to Governor of Manipur 2001-2002. Member National ecurity Council Advisory Board 2005-2006.
Mr Gopalaswami Parthasarathy, IFS (retd)
The writer was born on May 13, 1940 and retired from the Foreign Service in 2000. Prior to his entry to the Indian Foreign Service Mr. Parthasarathy was a Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army (1963-1968), after having graduated with a B.E. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the College of Engineering,Guindy, Madras in 1962. He has served as Ambassador of India to Myanmar, 1992-95, High Commissioner of India to Australia 1995-98, High Commissioner of India to Pakistan 1998-2000 and High Commissioner of India, Cyprus (1990-92). In New Delhi, Mr. Parthasarathy was Deputy Secretary in the Foreign Secretary's Office (1976-1978). He has served as Spokesman, Ministry of External Affairs and Information Adviser and Spokesman in the Prime Minister's Office with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi (1985-90). He has been a member of Indian Delegations in several international conferences including summits at United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement and SAARC. Mr. Parthasarathy is presently Visiting Professor in the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.
Mr Gyan Prakash Pilania, IPS (retd)
The writer was DGP Rajasthan and is currently Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha).
Mr H K Bhattacharyya,IPS (retd)
The writer is retired 1958 Batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya Cadre and an authority on the issue of illegal migration from Bangladesh and North East's demography related dangers.
Mr H N Das, IAS (retd)
The writer joined IAS in 1961 and served the Government of India (as Director in the Ministry of Finance) and the Government of Assam in different capacities before retiring from IAS on 28.02.1995. He was Chief Secretary to the Govt. of Assam from 28.02.1990 to 28.02.1995 and Director General and Advisor, Assam Administrative Staff College from 11.02.1987 to 14.05.1996.
Mr Haroun Mir
The writer is the Director of Afghanistan's Center for Research and Policy Studies, Kabul.
Mr Hormis Tharakan, IPS (retd)
The writer was Secretary (R) in the Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India and Director-General of Police, Kerala. Currently, he is a Member of the National Security Advisory Board and is also a Visiting Professor at the Department of Geopolitics, Manipal University. He writes on strategic issues and police reforms. He is now a former Member of the National Security Advisory Board!
Mr Jagdish Prasad Verma
The writer is Sr. Research Fellow, Dept. of Defence & Strategic Studies, Allahabad Central University, Allahabad.
Mr Jaideep Saikia
The writer is a Security and Terrorism Analyst who has penned a number of books and numerous academic papers on security and strategy. He has served as a Security Advisor and worked as an "Expert on North-East" in the National Security Council Secretariat, Government of India. He was also a member of the Indian delegation for Track II Dialogue with Bangladesh in 2007.
Mr Jayadeva Ranade
The writer is a former Additional Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India and is a security and intelligence expert. He is a seasoned China analyst with almost 30 years’ experience in the field. He has also dealt with matters relating to Terrorism and Pakistan. He has been directly involved in formulation of policy at the highest levels in the Government of India. He was conferred the Organisation’s two highest awards, both out of turn. He is presently a Distinguished Fellow with the Centre for Air Power Studies. He writes on strategic and security issues relating to China, Tibet and East Asia, his chosen fields of specialisation.
Mr Joginder Singh, IPS (retd)
The writer is former Director of Central Bureau of Investigation and is best known for bringing the Bofors papers from the Swiss courts to Delhi. As a student he was selected for the Indian Police Service at the age of 20. He has held a number of posts with distinction both in Karnataka and Central Government, which include Special Home Secretary to the Government of Karnataka. Director in the Commerce Ministry. Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau, Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force. Director General of Central Industry Security Force and Bureau of Police Research and Development. Director General of Railway Protection in the Railway Board.Special Secretary in the Union Home Ministry. Has also served as Inspector General of Police in the Central Reserve Police Force, the largest paramilitary force. Joginder Singh is both a regular columnist of leading dailies in India, and isa author of repute, with 50 books (including versions in Indian and foreign languages) to his credit.
Mr K Vijay Rama Rao, IPS (retd)
The writer worked for 16 months and revised the police manual for Andhra Pradesh which now is the working manual of Police Force in Andhra Pradesh. He has also completed a UNDP project on training as a senior consultant to Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad.
Mr Kalakad V Ganapathy
The writer is a freelancer based in Bangalore. He has worked on projects centred on Safety, Quality, 5S, Business Process Reengineering, Integrity Management, Technology Trends etc. and worked on “Rerefined oil technology strategy,” has delivered lectures in management colleges like S P Jain Global (Singapore), Somaiya Institute of Management Studies, ITM Mumbai, Mumbai Institute of Management, Insurance Institute of India where he has taught subjects like Risk Management, Insurance, Project Management, Supply Chain Management and Technology Management.
Mr Kalyan K Mitra, IPS (retd)
The writer took his master's degree in economics from Calcutta University and joined the Indian Police Service in 1960. He served in Orissa in the early years of service and joined the R&AW in Cabinet Secretariat. He was Director, Aviation Research Centre and retired as Principal Director, DG Security. After retirement he has kept himself busy in strategic studies and writing on security related issues. He is closely associated with a number of Think Tanks.
Mr Kamala Kanta Dash
The writer is working on Police-Community Engagement in India and Australia for a PhD at Monash Asia Institute, Monash University. He is an active member of the course organizing team of Masters of International Crisis Management, an innovative programme launched by Monash Asia Institute. He was a Fellow of Australia-India Council (AIC), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Government of Australia in 2007. He has an MPhil from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU, New Delhi) and an MA in Political Science and World Affairs from Ravenshaw ( Odisha). During his work as a life skills trainer for the Prism-Hindu Newspaper in Education (NIE) programme and as a lead National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteer at JNU, Mr Dash received training in theatre, human rights, disaster management, community volunteering and HIV/AIDS Peer Education. His main academic areas of interest include citizen participation in public policy, police in the criminal justice system, social theory, international relations and interfaith dialogue. He likes to read and practice yoga... and is an ardent fan of cricket and Bollywood dance.
Mr Kapil Dhanraj Patil
The writer is a Research Associate at the Indian Pugwash Society and specializes in Nuclear Strategy, Arms Control and Disarmament issues. He is currently working on a DAE project on "Emerging Nuclear Order in Asia: Implications for India's National Security". He received the University of Pune's Special Certificate for academic excellence during the MSc programme in Defence and Strategic Studies.
Mr Kiren Rijiju
The writer was a Member of Parliament (14th Lok Sabha) representing Arunachal Pradesh (West).
Mr Krishnamurthy Santhanam
The writer is a physicist from the BARC cradle with acknowledged contributions in radiation transport theory, reactor shielding and hazard analysis. He is an alumnus of the International Institute for Nuclear Science and Engineering, Argonne, Illinois. He made path-breaking revelations on the emerging Sino-Pak nuclear and missile nexus. He was Programme Coordinator of the Pokhran II campaign while, simultaneously, spearheading the effort in DRDO to reduce the size and weight of the 1974 device design. He was also Director General, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses IDSA, New Delhi. Presently, he is President of the India-Central Asia Foundation. He has authored / edited more than 12 books. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan award in 1999.
Mr Kshitij Aditeya Singh
The writer is an Independent Consultant for emerging technology applications with a focus on security and defence. He has worked in an Observatory for Nanotechnology providing policy and strategy support to the European Parliament as a domain specialist for security. He is an alumnus of Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield.
Mr Kunwar Vikram Singh
The writer is Chairman of Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) and also President of Association of Private Detectives of India (APDI). He was elected to the Board of Directors of World Association of Detectives (WAD) at its annual conference held at Denver, USA on 17 September 2008. He was awarded as Investigator of the Year-2006 by World Association of Detectives Inc. (WAD) at its annual conference held at Tokyo. Japan. His professional ability was once again recognised by World Investigators Network (WIN) when he was declared Best Investigator of the Year-2007" at Lisbon, Portugal. He is the only private investigator in the world who was awarded twice by his peers. This is a rare achievement in the field of Intelligence and Investigation. Mr.Tanquin Hall, an acclaimed British author has written a best seller "The Case of a Missing Servant". which is based on a case solved by the writer.
Mr Luis Peral
The writer is Doctorate in Law and MA in European Union law from the University Carlos III of Madrid, where he was also a lecturer in International Law from 1992 to 2004. Former Ramon y Cajal researcher at the Ministry of the Presidency of the Spanish Government from 2004 to 2008. He was senior Fellow at FRIDE (2004-2006) and Director of the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Programme at the Toledo International Centre for Peace, CITpax (2006-2008).
Mr Nitin Gokhale
The writer, a journalist with 28 years of experience behind him in various conflict theatres, is currently NDTV's Security and Strategic Affairs Editor.
Mr OM
The writer is founder and promoter of National Cyber Security of India New Delhi.
Mr Oren Barkai
The writer is a Director, Government & Defense Solutions, at ECI Telecom headquartered in Israel. He holds an MBA from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University. He is a former Major in the Israeli Defense Forces Signals Corps, and brings with him a decade of experience in military networks and security.
Mr Pathikrit Payne
The writer is an alumnus of S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was previously associated with The Sunday Indian magazine and is presently a Senior Researcher with a New Delhi based think tank.
Mr Patrick Dunleavy
The writer is the former Deputy Inspector General for the New York Correctional System and author of The Fertile Soil of Jihad. He has also written for the Washington Times and the New York Post and teaches a class at the United States Military Special Operations School. Following September 11, 2001, at the request of various international agencies he has been a speaker on the topic of terrorist recruitment to organisations such as the FBI, CIA, Scotland Yard and Canadian Intelligence Services.
Mr Paul Jeffrey
The writer has been Managing Director of Avon Barrier Company for over 16 years. He pioneered Avon Barrier’s crash testing programme, which coincided with the British government’s development of what is now a World recognised standard for impact testing of vehicle barriers – PAS 68.

He is a founder member of the PSSA. The PSSA is the trade association for companies involved in the supply of equipment and services designed to provide the highest levels of physical protection for sites and their perimeters from terrorist or criminal attack that involves the use of extreme force or explosives.
Mr Peter Banham
The writer has been associated with the sales and marketing of thermal imaging systems for over 30 years. Having gained a background in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management. He originally set up Focus 2000 as a thermal imaging service support company, but soon progressed to selling thermal cameras and cores. Producing be spoke systems followed with them supplying their first systems to the US Air Force. He was approached by FLIR to sell their products and in 2008 Focus 2000 was appointed sole UK distributor for the core products. PTZ style products have been a mainstay for the past ten years with new RaptiR and SentineliR security products and Fire Guardian being released over the last twelve months.
Mr Pradip Phanjuman
The writer is editor, Imphal Free Press, English daily published from Imphal. He has written extensively on issues related to north-east, conflict and development.
Mr Praful S Adgale
The writer is a PhD Research Fellow working in YCNISDA, University of Pune, India. His areas of expertise include International Terrorism, National Security, European Studies and Nuclear Terrorism.
Mr Prakash Singh, IPS (retd)
The writer is distinguished police officer of India. Served as Police Chief of Uttar Pradesh and Assam, he commanded BSF and has an excellent track record for combating terrorism in the most turbulent parts of India. He was awarded the PadamShri in 1991. An expert on internal security, he has given lectures in premier institutions and seminars across the world and has also written several articles and books on 'Nagaland' and 'The Naxalite Movement'.
Mr Rahul Mishra
The writer is researcher at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies - Jawaharlal Nehru University respectively.
Mr Rai Mahimapat Ray
The writer is Junior Research Fellow, pursuing his Doctoral Research in the field of Central Asian Energy Studies, from the School of International Relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
Mr Rajeev Lala
The writer is pursuing his Doctoral Research in the field of Central Asian Energy Studies, from the School of International Relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
Mr Rajorshi Roy
The writer is a Research Assistant, Eurasia Cluster, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, India and his area of specialisation is Russian studies.
Mr Ramtanu Maitra
The writer is Virginia-based analyst on South Asian strategic affairs. He contributes regularly to the Washington-based news weekly, Executive Intelligence Review. He also contributes to Aakrosh and Agni, the Japanese monthly, Foresight, Vijayvaani.com, Asia Times Online and the Italian strategic journal, Eurasia Rivista di Studi Geopolitici.
Mr Robert L. Domenici
The writer is an emerging-technologies visionary who has attended 28 schools, earned two Master’s degrees, and performed 22 years of active military service. He is the CEO of HyGie-Tech USA and the founder of the CBRN Resource Network. As a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, Domenici served in numerous capacities both within the United States and overseas. As a Colonel in the New York State National Guard, he commanded the 2nd Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Civil Support Team (CST) during its deployment to New York City in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Mr Rohit K Mishra
The writer is associated with the Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His areas of interest include Russia, Central Asia, India and its neighbourhood and the Asia Pacific region.
Mr Rohit Singh
The writer is a Research Associate at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi. His areas of interest include the strategic, geo-political and sub-conventional warfare fields. He has previously worked with Times Now and reported on various defence related news.
Mr Ronen Chatterjee
The writer is a youngest novelist in the country. His first novel Fire Within was published in 2007 when he was just 15. His second novel Ready to Rock came in 2009 and was highly acclaimed. He is a creative and proactive individual, eager to explore new avenues and keen to rise to opportunities to pursue a career in the world of writing, journalism and the print and electronic media. Extremely keen to make a contribution to the world around him, improving it in any way he can. He also has interest in the social and security related issues, has appeared for several live and recorded television interviews including NDTV, LokSabha TV and Star Plus, has several published interviews in local and national print media including Hindustan Times, Pioneer, India Today, was chosen for the Young Achievers Award 2008 by Career Launcher.
Mr S Banerjee IPS, (retd)
The writer was Director General of Police and Director, Anti Corruption Bureau. He is a recipient of President's Police Medal for Meritorious Services.
Mr Sankar Sen, IPS (retd)
The writer is Senior Fellow Institute for Social Sciences. He served as Additional DG BSF, Director National Police Academy (NPA) and DG (Investigation) NHRC. He brought innovative changes in the training programmes for NPA officers, and sensitised the personnel of Indian police and para-military forces on human rights at NHRC. He is also a recipient of President's Police Medal for his distinguished services.
Mr Sandeep K Kanwar
The writer is a qualified master mariner currently sailing in the capacity of Chief Officer with a German based Firm Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM). He has been sailing the high seas for over a decade on post Panamax Container vessels. He has traversed through piracy infested areas innumerable times and has first hand knowledge of the mental and physical preparation required for these voyages. He has voiced his opinion on various issues regarding shipping by writing for internationally recognized magazines like 'Safety At Sea International' (SASI) and other journals.
Mr Saurabh Sharma
The writer is a PhD scholar in the Centre for South, Central, Southeast Asian and Southwest Pacific Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His academic interests include post conflict reconstruction and management with particular reference to Afghanistan.
Mr Subimal Bhattacharjee
The writer is currently Country Head for India of General Dynamics, one of the top five US defence corporations. He is a well known strategic thinker and columnist on issues of cyberspace and security. The views expressed are personal.
Mr Subir Bhaumik
The writer is BBC's East India Correspondent. He is a former Queen Elizabeth Fellow of Oxford University (1989-90), during which he completed his first book Insurgent Crossfire, a definitive investigation of the proxy wars of the region. He has presented more than 30 papers at national and international seminars on security, ethnicity, migration and low-intensity conflicts and at least twenty articles of his on Northeast India, Burma, Bangladesh and the Himalayan nations. His second book "Troubled Periphery: Crisis of India's Northeast" has been published in 2009.

Mr Thupstan Chhewang

The writer was Chairman, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council from 1995-2004. He was elected to 14th Lok Sabha in 2004. He was member of the Parlimentary Standing Committee on Defence.
Mr Udayon Misra
The writer is a former Professor of English. He is an author and social analyst. He has been a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla and his publications include, among others, The Raj in Fiction and The Periphery Strikes Back: Challenges to the Nation State in Assam and Nagaland, Currently, he is a National Fellow of the ICSSR.
Mr V Balachandran, IPS (retd)
The writer is a former Special Secretary of the Cabinet Secretariat. He was also a part of the high level committee appointed by the Maharashtra government to enquire into Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks. He is a prolific writer on intelligence, terrorism and insurgency issues and has also given lectures on these subjects at several institutions in India and abroad.
Mr V K Deuskar, IPS (retd)
The writer is Retd. IPS officer and Ex-DGP. He conducted research for National Police Academy on organised crime, and Impact of Evaluation of I.P.S. Training. He also served as principal of CISF Training College. Before joining IPS, he was with Gorkha Regiment for 5 years.
Mr V K Shashikumar
The writer has reported on conflicts, wars and terrorism for over 15 years. From 1998 to 2003 he travelled across Af-Pak region, West Asia, Central Asia and Sri Lanka as a war correspondent.
Mr Vakul Sharma
The writer is a practicing Advocate in the Supreme Court of India and the High Court(s). Member of the Expert Committee, appointed by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, government of India to amend the IT Act, 2000, which is now in the form of IT (Amendment) Act, 2008. Adviser to the central government and various statutory bodies on Information Technology laws and practices.
Mr Vassilios Damiras, PhD (ABD)
The writer is a US counter-terrorism and defence expert. He has extensively studied and worked on various US National Security issues, Middle East and Balkan politics and history. He has graduated from the US Combined Arms Center (CAC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA. Also, he has graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation-FBI Citizens Academy Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is CEO of Geostrategic Forecasting Cooperation and Chief Business Negotiator of Rescue Trek.
Mr Vishal Chandra
The writer is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. His core area of research is politics of Afghan conflict. He has been to Afghanistan as part of his research projects at IDSA.
Mr Vivek Parmar
The writer is Senior Security Consultant and Core Member Admin Team National Cyber Security of India. May be contacted at: www.nationalcybersecurity.in
Mr Yogesh Rajendra
The writer is Programmer YC-NISDA, University of Pune, Pune, India. He specialises in networking, cyber security, data compression and cryptography. He has published more than 10 research papers in various National and International Conferences.
Ms (Dr) Arpita Basu Roy
The writer is Fellow at the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Kolkata. She has been working on Central and South Asia, with Afghanistan being the area of her specific interest since 2000. She has contributed articles on peace-building, population movement, gender issues, problems of transitional politics and regional cooperation to several research journals, edited books and encyclopedia.
Ms (Dr) Manju Lata Gupta
The writer is scientists in the Radio protective Drug Development group, Division of Radiation Biosciences, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) Delhi, India.
Ms (Dr) Manpreet Sethi
The writer heads the project on Nuclear Security at the Centre for Air Power Studies. She is author of the books Nuclear Strategy: India's March towards Credible Deterrence (2009) and Argentina's Nuclear Policy (1999); co-author of Nuclear Deterrence and Diplomacy (2004) and editor of Towards a Nuclear Weapons Free World (2009), Global Nuclear Challenges (2009). Her research papers on nuclear energy, nuclear strategy, proliferation, disarmament, ballistic missile defence and related issues have been published in national and international academic journals and books. She regularly lectures at training establishments of Indian Armed Forces and has participated in Track II meetings.
Ms (Dr) Mondira Dutta
The writer is currently an Associate Professor in the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Her fields of specialisation include Gender Studies, Human Security & Development with particular reference to India, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Currently she is actively engaged in an evaluation study for the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India on the Indian Initiatives for the Afghan Women. A member of the governing board for several national and international organizations, she has worked as a consultant to several international organizations such as, the British Council, Ford Foundation, NOVIB (The Netherlands), the DFID, The World Bank, International Human Rights Commission, Geneva and UNIFEM. Her recent books include "Emerging Afghanistan in the Third Millennium" and "Capturing Women's Work". She has completed an evaluation study in March 2010, on the Anti-trafficking measures of UNIFEM against human trafficking of women and children in South Asia as the team leader.
Ms (Dr) Monika Chansoria
The writer joined the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi, as Research Fellow after completion of her Post-Doctorate in International Relations from France in 2008. She received her PhD Degree in International Politics from the American Studies Division of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. She is the author of Chinese WMD Proliferation in Asia: US Response and the co-author of "Afghanistan: India's Strategic Stakes".
Ms (Dr) Navniit Gandhi
The writer is a freelancer and an author of repute based in Kuwait.
Ms (Dr) Nivedita Das Kundu
The writer, PhD in International Relations is a Foreign Policy Analyst and Research Fellow at the Indian Council for World Affairs, New Delhi, India.
Ms (Dr) Rashmi Bhure
The writer is Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, SIES College, Mumbai, India. She has been awarded Ford Foundation Scholarship in International Relations. She has authored a book on Terrorism in Kashmir and contributes regularly to newspapers on US Foreign Policy.
Ms (Dr) Ravni Thakur
The writer is Reader for Chinese Studies at Delhi University and Director of the Euro-Asia Institute, Jamia MilliaIslamia, New Delhi.
Ms (Dr) Rupali Jeswal
The writer is an Intelligence and Terrorism Analyst, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Hypnotherapist based in South-East Asia. She has also received training in specialised areas including counter-terrorism, intelligence and tactical operations. She specialises in cognitive learning processes and neural pathway response and how these factors apply to specialised trainings. She is an expert in the field of non-verbal micro and macro expression for deception and detection and also using non-verbal assets for psychological self-assessment in conjunction with Emotional Intelligence to enhance the human mind, personality, image and spirit. She is a member of ICPA (International Corrections & Prisons Association), IACSP (International Association for Counter-Terrorism and Security Professionals) and a member of APA (American Psychological Association), APP (Association of Professional Psychologists), UK Certified Hypnotherapist and General Hypnotherapy Register.
Ms (Dr) Shalini Chawla
The writer is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS), New Delhi. She joined CAPS in 2006 and specialises in Pakistan studies. She is a frequent contributor to various journals and magazines on defence and security issues.
Ms Aditi Malhotra
The writer is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi, India.
Ms Anna Louise Strachan
The writer is a PhD scholar at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. She also holds an MSc in Asian Politics from SOAS and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Exeter in the UK. Her research interests include conflict resolution, electoral politics and UN peacekeeping.
Ms Anshu Paliwal
The writer is Research Associates in the team headed by Brig Sharma for research in Strategic Management.
Ms Debalina Chatterjee
The writer is Research Associate at the Centre for Air Power Studies, Western Air Command. She is MA in International Studies from Stella Maris College, Chennai and PG Diploma in International Humanitarian Law from NALSAR, Hyderabad, India.
Ms Dominika Cosic
The writer is European correspondent of Polish weekly magazine Wprost. She specialises in NATO and European Union affairs and also the Balkans issues. She is correspondent (Europe) of Defence And Security Alert (DSA) magazine from India.
Ms Joyce Sabina Lobo
The writer is Research Assistant at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi and is pursuing her PhD at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her areas of interest cover Energy Diplomacy, Eurasian Security Issues including Military and Security Policies.
Ms Kalyani Unkule
The writer is Research Assistant at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, India. She is an alumni of London School of Economics and has interned with the House of Lords, UK, South Centre, Geneva and several other national and international NGOs.
Ms Pallavi Ade
The writer is currently the Publications Manager at Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi. Before joining CLAWS, she has worked with Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security (RUSI), London. At RUSI, she researched on India and its neighbourhood and also worked as project manager for projects related to India. She has completed her MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Her current research interests lie in strategic aspects of Indian Defence, India’s defence modernisation and study of India’s relations with its neighbours.
Ms Pallavi Pal
The writer is a Research Intern in the Eurasia Cluster at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, India.
Ms Patricia Mukhim
The writer is an educationist, activist and journalist. She is currently editor of The Shillong Times, Meghalaya's oldest English language daily and a columnist for The Telegraph and The Statesman. She is also the Director, Indigenous Women's Resource Centre, North-East India. For her consistent campaign against corruption and the diminishing returns of militancy and its spin-offs such as extortion and violence through her forthright columns, Mukhim was awarded the Padmashree by the President of India in the year 2000. Earlier, in 1996, she received the Chameli Devi Jain Award for outstanding woman media person from the Media Foundation, New Delhi.
Ms Rashmi Sarmah
The writer is a journalist who contributes to mediaorganisations in India and US. She writes for 'The Times of India' and has anchored programmes onDoordarshan. Her expertise includes women guerrillas, terrorist financing and gender related issues in security environment.
Ms Sandhya Jain
The writer is a contemporary affairs analyst and independent researcher. She writes a fortnightly column for The Pioneer and edits the web portal www.vijayvaani.com
Ms Savita Verma
The writer is scientists in the Radioprotective Drug Development group, Division of Radiation Biosciences, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) Delhi, India.
Ms Shebonti Ray Dadwal
The writer is a Research Fellow with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Specialising on energy security and climate change-related issues. She has worked as Senior Editor in The Financial Express and has also served as Deputy Secretary at the National Security Council Secretariat. She was awarded the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Chevening Fellowship on "The Economics of Energy" in April 2009.
Ms Shreejana Shreshtha
The writer is Defence News Correspondent of Republica English daily, Nepal.
Ms Sana Hashmi
The writer is associated with Centre for Air Power Studies and her area of interest is China and its neighbourhood.
Ms Vinita Agrawal
The writer is a Gold Medallist in MA, Political Science from the MS University, Baroda. She is a researcher and poet and has worked freelance for over 20 years. She has published papers on Comparative Analysis of Media in India and Pakistan and Cultural connectivity in the SAARC region.
Prof (Dr) M P Kaushik
The writer is programme Director NBC Defence Technologies. He has been visiting scientist to Utah State University, Logan, USA and has servedDefence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) in various capacities. He has more than 120 research papers and 16 patents to his credit.
Prof Anuradha M Chenoy
The writer is Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
Prof Ashok Parthasarathi
The writer is a physicist and electronics engineer by original training and a social scientist and science policy analyst by subsequent training. Joining the Department of Atomic Energy in 1967 as Special Assistant to the then Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, he also set up theProgramme Analysis Unit, as an inter-disciplinary policy planning and management services unit to the AEC. In mid 1970, he joined the Secretariat of Prime Minister late Mrs. Gandhi as Special Assistant for Science and Technology. For the next five years he dealt with a wide range of science and technology policy planning and management matters. These included the setting up of the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Electronics and the Department of Space, the preparation of the nation's first comprehensive S&T plan under the auspices of the National Committee on Science and Technology and several major projects in the areas of atomic energy space, electronics anddefence. He is the only person to have held such a position to date.After retiring from the Government of India in the year 2000, he was invited by the Jawaharlal Nehru University to be a Professor in the Centre for Studies in Science Policy. Over 2002-03, he was a member of the Task Force set up by the Government of India under the Chairmanship of the then Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission K. C. Pant, to draw up a plan for making India "A Knowledge Super Power".
Prof Chintamani Mahapatra
The writer is currently Chairman, Centre for Canada, US and Latin American Studies and Professor at the School of International Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Delaware, USA, Commonwealth Scholar at the University of London, Foreign Policy Fellow at University of Maryland, USA, Salzburg Seminar Fellow in Austria and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Defence Studies Centre, Canberra.
Prof Gopalji Malviya
The writer is Head, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, University of Madras, Channai. His areas of specialisation include Sino-Indian Relations, Peace and Security in South Asia and Comprehensive Security Issues. He is also Research Advisor to National Defence College (NDC), New Delhi and Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington.
Prof Hari Saran
The writer is Professor, Department of Defence & Strategic Studies, DDU Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur, India.
Prof K S Sidhu
The writer is former Head, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies and former Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala, India. He specialises in Indian Security and the Indian Ocean / South Asia region. He has authored five books and 45 research papers and articles.
Prof Kalim Bahadur
The writer was Professor of South Asian Studies, JNU and Chairperson, Centre for South, Central, Southeast Asian and Southwest Pacific Studies. He has authored two books on Pakistan and after retirement in 2001 has written numerous research papers and articles in journals on Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh.
Prof Nalini Kant Jha
The writer is Professor and Head of Politics and International Studies, Center for South Asian Studies and Director, UNESCO M. S. Institute for South Asia Cooperation at Pondicherry (Central) University. He is a prolific writer and has published many books on Foreign Policy, Nuclear Synergy, Peace and Security etc.
Prof P L Dash
The writer is former Professor and Director, Centre for Central Eurasian Studies at the University of Mumbai, India and is currently a visiting Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has authoredand edited 11 books and published over 130 articles. His area of interest includes Russia and the post-Soviet space, ethno-national problems in the CIS, security and Indo-Russian relations.
Prof P M Kamath
The writer is former Professor of Politics, University of Mumbai and currently Hon. Director, VPM's Centre for International Studies, Mumbai and Adjunct Professor, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations,Manipal University, Manipal, India.
Prof Shekhar Adhikari
The writer is Professor, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Central University of Allahabad, Allahabad, UP, India.
Prof Srikanth Kondapalli
The writer is Professor in Chinese Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is also an Honorary Fellow at Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi and Research Associate at Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He learnt Chinese language at Beijing Language & Culture University and was a post-Doctoral Visiting Fellow at People's University, Beijing from 1996-98. He has published two books, two monographs, co-edited two volumes and several articles in edited books and in national and international journals and newspapers.
Rear Adm (Dr) S Kulshrestha(retd)
The writer has held the post of Director General Naval Armament Inspection at the NHQ prior to his superannuation. He is an ardent exponent of indigenisation and self-reliance in the field of military weapons.
Rear Adm Raja Menon (retd)
The writer was a Career Officer and a Submarine Specialist in the Navy and retired in 1994 as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations). Published works include Maritime Strategy and Continental Wars, a standard text for the Staff College. His second book A Nuclear Strategy for India is recommended reading for the Indian Strategic force. His third book The Indian Navy: A Photo Essay is the official gift of the Navy. Edited books Weapons of Mass Destruction: Options for India. An Occasional Paper - The US-India Non-proliferationDivide; the Way Ahead by Cooperative Monitoring Center, Sandia in 2005. Admiral Menon was a member of theArun Singh Committee and of the NationalDefence University Committee. He is a visiting lecturer at the institutes of higher study of the Indian Armed Forces. He headed the group that recently wrote the Indian Navy's New Maritime Strategy. Recently retired as the Chairman of the Task Force on Net Assessment and Simulation, National Security Council, and is a distinguished Fellow in the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies and the National Maritime Foundation.
Rear Adm Ravi Vohra (retd)
The writer took premature retirement from Indian Navy after 33 years of active service. He took as the Chairman and Managing Director of Garden Reach Shipyard, Kolkata. He helped in setting up the National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi and took over as its first Director. He has edited number of books and is deeply interested in matters of strategic importance, particularly those that are concerned with events in the Indian Ocean.
Vice Adm Arun Kumar Singh (retd)
The writer retired as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, of the Eastern Naval Command, Vishakapatnam. His key appointments included Director General of the Indian Coast Guard (during the Tsunami of 26 December 2004), and Commander-in-Chief of the Tri-Service Andaman and Nicobar Command. He is also a prolific writer on maritime, strategic and nuclear issues.
Vice Adm Barry Bharathan (retd)
The writer is former Vice Chief of Naval Staff. He also served as Indian Naval Attache in Washington DC, USA.
Vice Adm Premvir Das (retd)

The writer retired from the Navy as Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command. He has been Co-Chair of the Maritime Security Group in the Council of Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific, writes frequently on strategic and security issues and is a regular speaker at War Colleges in India. He has served as member of the National Security Advisory Board.

Vice Adm Vijay Shankar PVSM, AVSM (retd)
The writer holds an MSc in Defence Studies and is a graduate of the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. He is the former Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, Commander-in-Chief of the Strategic Forces Command and Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet. His Command and operational experience are comprehensive and include Command of INS Viraat the aircraft carrier. He is a member of the adjunct faculty of the National Institute of Advanced Studies and he currently tenants the Admiral Katari Chair of Excellence at the United Services Institute.
Wg Cdr Vishal Nigam
The writer graduated in Economics (Hons) from Delhi University and was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1991. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Business Management and a diploma from National Defence University in Taipei, Taiwan. He is presently working as a research fellow at Centre for Air Power Studies focusing on PLAAF and the rapid growth in China’s Aviation Industry.
 
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