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 
Pakistan: Another Judicial Crisis in the Making? In 2007 President Musharraf had tried to brow beat the then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Iftikhar Chaudhry to desist from hearing cases of ‘enforced disappearances’ in Balochistan. This had led to a nation-wide movement of lawyers and ultim...

Pulwama Terror Strike The 14th February Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror strike on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Pulwama that led to the death of 40 personnel was the most lethal strike against the security forces since terrorism began in Kashmir. The timin...

Indo-Pak Relations in 2019 Indo-Pak relations have been on a rollercoaster for the past seven decades. Will 2019 be any different? Four factors are likely to define how Indo-Pak relations will shape in 2019: The role of the Pakistan army and its perception of India; Imran K...

The Great Game Revisited* The continuing turmoil in Afghanistan and the entry of several players in Central Asia, in what has been called the New Great Game, is likely to get further complicated. This is due to the reported move of the US to pullout half their troops from Afg...

पाकिस्तान: आसिया बीबी मामला और उसका परिणाम पाकिस्तान में पंजाब प्रांत के शेखपुरा में इक्कावाली गांव की रहने वाली आसिया नौरीन या आसिया बीब...

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...

Outreach 
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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