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 
Al Qaida Affiliate AGuH Leader Zakir Musa Killed in J&K - What Lies Ahead? On 23 May 2019, while all the prime time news channels in India were intensely pre-occupied with news and analysis of the Parliamentary Election 2019, a few of them found time and space to flash a piece of a very significant security related news fro...

Re-emergence of Islamic State’s Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi On Saturday, April 27, 2019, Islamic State’s (IS) central media outlet, Al-Furqan, released an 18-minute propaganda video featuring its ‘underground’ leader and self-proclaimed ‘Caliph Ibrahim’, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.1 It was the...

Terror Once Again Raises its Ugly Head in Sri Lanka After just about a decade of peace, on Easter Sunday morning (April 21, 2019), Sri Lanka was rudely shaken by a series of suicide bombing attacks, three of them targeting Church congregations in Colombo and another four at up-market hotels and a gues...

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...

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 
Kashmir - A New Chapter Begins … the recent decisions of abrogation of Article 370 along with Article 35A, and bifurcation of the State … are indeed historic and will help the State and its people, chart out for itself/themselves a new future of peace, progress and integratio...

Jammu and Kashmir Security Review 2018 -What lies ahead? … continuing Pakistani support to the militants groups, terrorism in the Kashmir Valley is unlikely vanish anytime soon … however the support system to anti-India activities in the Valley is being continuously degraded … welfare and development...

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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