Tilak Devasher is the author of the widely acclaimed book ‘Pakistan: Courting the Abyss’ published by Harper Collins India in December 2016. It has been described by a noted Pakistani intellectual- Khalid Ahmed- as ‘easily the best book on Pakistan.’

Tilak retired as Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India in October 2014. During his professional career he specialized in security issues, especially pertaining to India’s neighbourhood.

He has served both in India and abroad. In India, he was in J&K and abroad he has served in missions in Islamabad, San Francisco, Yangon and London.

Tilak has written articles for the Economic Times, Indian Express, India Today, Vivekananda International Foundation, Catch News, Daily O and South Asia Monitor. He has appeared on TV shows selectively.

His second book on Pakistan is likely to be published shortly.

Tilak is an alumnus of Mayo College, Ajmer and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi

Contributions 
पाकिस्तान: कोरोनावायरस महामारी से निपटने में परेशान करने वाली बात पाकिस्तान में कोरोनावायरस का पहला मामला 26 फरवरी 2020 को कराची में आया। उसके बाद यह चारों प्रांतों, ...

IS Pakistan Losing the COVID-19 Battle? While the entire world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, Pakistan’s handling of the crisis raises fears that if it does not get its act together quickly, it may be at risk of losing the battle. The numbers of positive cases as of 20 Ma...

Pakistan: Disturbing Trends in the Handling of the Coronavirus Pandemic The first case of coronavirus was reported in Pakistan on 26 February 2020 in Karachi. Thereafter, it spread to all the four provinces, the federal capital, so-called Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). The main sources of the ...

Pakistan: Lal Masjid 2.0 ? Lal Masjid in Islamabad and Maulana Abdul Aziz, also known as ‘Mullah Burqa’, are back in the news. Like in 2007, the authorities are again negotiating with him on a set of demands that no self-respecting government could concede. Almost ...

The day paradise was lost It is vital to sensitise people, especially the Kashmiri youth, who may not be aware of the history of the event and of the brutality their forefathers were subjected to at the hands of Pakistan. Silence is no longer an option. October 22, 1947, i...

Occasional Papers 
Missing Factors in India’s Policy towards Pakistan Many in India often wonder why don’t we have better relations with Pakistan and how long will we keep on bickering and fighting. Many also point to the perils of a miscalculation given that the two countries are nuclear weapons states. The most fam...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
Pakistan Insights 2019 In February 2018, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) set up the Pakistan Study Group (PSG) to discuss and debate issues relating to Pakistan in a holistic manner. Meeting almost every fortnight since its inception, the discussions have be...

Outreach 
The day paradise was lost Published in The Tribune on 21 October 2019....

Lacklustre century Published in The Indian Express on 6th December 2018....

Hardliners on the ballot Published in The Indian Express on 6 July 2018....

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