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 
Chinese Ambassador’s Speech Ignores that a lot has changed in Sino-Indian Relations On 30 July 2020, the Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong delivered an important speech at the Delhi based Institute for Chinese Studies in which he spoke about the current state of Sino Indian relations after the Galwan incident on the Line of Ac...

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Leh: What Next? Prime Minister Modi’s surprise visit to a military base near Leh close to the India-China border on 3rd July was a turning point in the nine weeks old Indian military India China military face of which remains unresolved despite several rounds of m...

Modi’s Message: India Can and Will Defend its Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity The brutal killing of 20 Indian soldiers by the Chinese troops at the Galwan river area on the Indian side of the India-China Line Of Control (LAC) in Ladakh on 15-16th June has led to national outrage in India. The brave Indian Army soldiers were in...

The World Environment Day: Bring Back Respect and Reverence for Nature to Save Mankind The UN General Assembly designated fifth June as the World Environment Day in 1972. In 1974 the first Environment Day was celebrated on the theme “Only one Earth”. That theme is as relevant today as it was then. Covid-19 has brought home the onen...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
India’s Foreign Policy: Surviving in a Turbulent World Written by foreign policy experts, academics and practioners, this book develops the frameworks and strategies for India’s foreign policy that can be adopted to meet the emerging challenges and non-traditional threats in the new world order. It stu...

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - Relevance of India’s Ancient Thinking to Contemporary Strategic Reality The adoption of 21st June as International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, in response to an India-led resolution with a record high number of co-sponsors, was a landmark event. In this backdrop, it is all the more importa...

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 
कहीं हमसे दूर न हो जाएं पड़ोसी Published in Live Hindustan.com on 31th July 2020...

A new approach in ties needed in the India-China border tension Published in Deccan Herald on 25th June 2020....

दुनिया में भारत की बढ़ती जगह Published in Live Hindustan.com on 3rd June 2020....

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....

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