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 
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...

पाकिस्तान: आतंकवादी हिंसा की पुनरावृत्ति आतंकवादी और अलगाववादी धीरे-धीरे एक बार फिर पाकिस्तान में सिर उठा रहे हैं। जर्ब-ए-अज्ब और रद्द-उल...

Pakistan: Developing Narrative Since the 05 August 2019 revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), several strands have emerged in the developing Pakistani narrative that Prime Minister Imran Khan is spearheading. In this, the entire government machinery and espe...

Pakistan: Recurrence of Terrorist Violence Imperceptibly, violence, both terrorist and separatist, is rearing its head in Pakistan again. Following several operations like Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasad, the army had claimed that the situation had been brought under control. Rece...

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...

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 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 
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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