Indian Foreign Service (1979; Retired);
Former Deputy National Security Adviser and Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), (2014-17); Joint Secretary, NSCS on deputation from Ministry of External Affairs; 1999-2007. Dealt with a wide range of national security issues within the NSC structures. Had wide ranging interaction in official capacity with delegations of other countries.

Former Director General, Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), New Delhi (2012-14); Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair National Security, IDSA, 2008-2011. Conducted track 2 level interactions with think tanks of other countries. IDSA is entirely funded by the Ministry of Defence.
Served in Indian diplomatic missions in Moscow, London, and Ankara. Dealt with Afghanistan, Kashmir, Soviet Union, Russia, and Central Asia in the Ministry of External Affairs.

MSc (Physics), Delhi University (1974); Visiting Member Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (1974-76). M.Phil (1988) and PhD, School of International Studies JNU (1991);

Interested in problems of national and international security; foreign policy, issues of defence strategy; ancient Indian thought; nation building, science and technology etc.

Has written four books and co-edited several. His book How India Manages Its National Security was published by Penguin Random House in 2018.

Contributions 
राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प की भारत यात्रा : सामरिक संदर्भ पर ध्यान देने की आवश्यकता राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प 24-25 फरवरी, 2020 को भारत की राजकीय यात्रा पर आ रहे हैं। भारत सरकार नि:संदेह भ्रमणका...

President Trump’s Visit to India: Need to Focus on the Strategic Context President Trump is visiting India on a state visit on 24-25 February 2020. The Indian government will no doubt lay out the red carpet for the visiting President. This is President Trump’s first visit to India as President. Although the visit comes ...

2019 was a Challenging Year for Indian Foreign Policy, 2020 will be even more so Introduction US-China trade war deepened in 2019 despite some signs of thaw towards the end. Unexpectedly, President Trump was impeached by the US congress on the charges of having misused his power and for not cooperating with the Cong...

As the 2019 Ends on a Mixed Note, the Tasks for 2020 are Clear The year 2019 will go down as one of the most seminal years for India. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), won a spectacular victory in the Lok Sabha elections with the BJP winning a record 303 seats on its ...

एशियाई भूराजनीति में चीन का प्रभावः भारत के लिए निहितार्थ शी चिनफिंग के शब्दों में चीन ‘बंधुत्व, परस्पर विश्वास एवं समावेशन’ के आधार पर प्रमुख देखों के स...

Book Reviews 
Sreeram Chaulia, Trumped; Emerging power in a post-American world, 2019, Bloomsbury, New Delhi. Sreeram Chaulia’s thought-provoking book, Trumped; Emerging Powers in a Post-American World is likely to trigger a debate on the impact of the disruption in the global order brought out by Trump’s ‘America First’ policy. The author...

Basant K. Gupta, Timeless Wisdom from Ancient India, Laksmi di Asya Om, Italy, Second Edition, 2014, Italy. ISBN 978-88-96642-27-6, pp.235 Attaining Peace, Harmony and Happiness, the Indian way Everyone wants to be prosperous, at peace and happy, and but few manage to attain these desirable goals. Why? How can one achieve peace and harmony while leading normal life? Vedas...

Prof R Vaidyanathan, Caste as Social Capital, Westland Books, 2019, Chennai, PP. 131 Prof Vaidyanathan’s book, Caste as Social Capital, challenges several myths relating to the working of the caste system in India. Noting that while caste is commonly identified with oppression and discrimination, he points out that it also h...

Outreach 
View:CDS is 1st step towards higher organisation reforms Published in The Economic Times on 17 August 2019....

New govt’s foreign policy agenda needs comprehensive approach Published in The Economic Times on 3rd June 2019....

CPEC core reson of dispute Published in March April issue of India China Chronicle....

बढ़ता तनाव, गहराती आशंकाएं Published in Hindustan (Hindi) on 21 May 2019....

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