C D Sahay is a Distinguished Fellow at VIF. He is a Former Secretary (Research and Analysis Wing), Cabinet Secretariat. C D Sahay joined the Indian Police Service in 1967 and moved to Delhi in 1975 to join the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s external Intelligence setup. He rose to head the organisation from 2003 till Superannuation in 2005. He has decades of experience in dealing with national security issues and international terrorism.

Contributions 
Islamic State (IS) Activities in India- A Trend Analysis
Recent Arrest of IS Operatives in India
On November 20, 2017, reacting to a question on growing spread of Islamic (IS) ideology in India, the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh had said, “Indian Muslims would never allow terroris...

Keep CBI Out of Politics-But Only If It Suits Me! Even before the country’s top investigating agency, the CBI could start recovering from the ‘CBI vs CBI’ episode involving its top two functionaries -in fact the new Director Rishi Kumar Shukla was yet to assume charge - the agency got engulfed...

प्रधानमंत्री ओली के कार्यकाल में भारत-नेपाल संबंध नेपाल में नए संविधान के तहत 2017 के अंत में देश भर में हुए चुनावों से देश में लोकतांत्रिक प्रशासन क...

Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016-Implications for Assam The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 (CAB) has created a division in Assam along historical fault lines. The differences hark back to the language riots of 1960-61, and then again in 1972, with violent conflicts between the entire Assamese and the Hi...

India-Nepal Relations under PM Oli The landmark nation-wide elections in Nepal under the new Constitution, held in end-2017, ushered in a new era of democratic governance in the country. In these elections, the people’s verdict went overwhelmingly in favour of the Party of Nepal-Un...

Occasional Papers 
Nepal’s March Towards Constitutional Democracy … India-Nepal relations are a vast confluence of socio political and economic engagements …evolved from age-old ties and permeate our socio-cultural aspects …multi-faceted and multi-dimensional approach is required on both sides to study and an...

The ISIS Phantasmagoria and its Implications for India : Building Capacities to Prevent and Counter Radicalisation and Violent Extremism Rise of a Demonic Force: Daesh Daesh as a tangible entity was in the making for several decades prior to the supposed cut-off date which recognises its meteoric rise in the region, and eventually beyond the borders of the self-pro...

Terror Financing and The Global CTF Regime

How do Terrorists Finance their Operations and Supply their Funds?

Finance and movement of funds are crucial to any terrorist organisation. Regular sources of finance are as important as ideology and the ready supply o...

Sri Lanka: The Unfinished Part of the Eelam War While many are optimistic about the Maithripala Sirisena government’s ability to make progress on reconciliation, some systemic issues need to be addressed which not only demands political will, but also requires cooperation from diaspora, civil so...

Issue Briefs 
Rise of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Kashmir Valley - an Internal Security Perspective Introduction On January 2, 2016, a group of four to six well trained Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists launched an audacious attack on the Pathankot Air Base in Punjab. In an operation that continued over the next four days, all t...

Is India Likely to be the Next Major Target of ISIS? - An Analysis of Post-Manhattan Terror Attack From the reports of the intelligence and security establishment, it is clear that activities of IS sympathisers in India are under control. Indeed, there have been no recent reports of radicalised youth trying to migrate to centers of IS activiti...

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