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Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd), PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM*

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd), PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM*

One of Indian Army’s most decorated Generals who in his second avatar is now a military and strategic analyst. With his scholarly background and 40 years of military experience, General Hasnain focuses on trans-national and internal conflicts in Asia and the Middle East with particular emphasis on issues revolving around Radical Islam. As the Commander of Indian Army’s Kashmir Corps he was largely responsible for the humanization of internal conflict through the concept of the ‘Hearts Doctrine’. This was an approach adopted for outreach to and confidence building with the affected public in the conflict zone, well beyond the usual scope of Hearts and Minds programs of COIN. A strategic thought leader, columnist, TV panelist and public speaker General Hasnain falls back on his extensive experience of serving in turbulent conflict zones such as Rwanda, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Punjab, Siachen Glacier and India’s North East. He is a graduate of St Stephen’s College Delhi, Kings College London, the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), London and the Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies (APCSS), Hawaii, US. He speaks extensively at Indian and international institutions on a wide variety of subjects revolving around strategic affairs and leadership. On 13 Jul 2013 General Hasnain was appointed Chancellor Central University of Kashmir, Srinagar and on 20 Feb the Prime Minister appointed him as Member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in status of Secretary Government of India. He is also a member of the Empowered Group on Communication and Information. The General is widely traveled and has spoken at a variety of institutions and think tanks within and outside India, including the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Lee Kwan Yu School of Public Policy and the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) (all at Singapore), the Int’l Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), London and other institutions in Australia and the US. He is associated with the Vivekanand International Foundation and Centre for Joint Warfare Studies, as Distinguished Fellow and is on the Governing Council of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) and Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies (IPCS). Gen Hasnain has six decorations awarded by the President for India and two by the Army Chief. He superannuated from the Indian Army in Jul 2013 after 40 years of active service. Mobile - +919871213193 Twitter - @atahasnain53 Facebook - Ata Hasnain Linked In - Lt Gen Ata Hasnain

Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia, PVSM, AVSM, SM, (Retd)

Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia, PVSM, AVSM, SM, (Retd)

Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia, PVSM, AVSM, SM, (Retd), Director CENJOWS superannuated after 40 years of distinguished service in the Army as the Director General Military Operations (DGMO), one of the most important functionaries of the Army. Presently, he is Director, Centre For Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS) a New Delhi based think tank of the Ministry of Defence, India. He writes on wide ranging subjects such as Regional and National Security, International Relations, Special Operations, Human Resource Development, Operational Philosophy, and Multi Domain warfare.

Debnath Shaw

Debnath Shaw

Debnath Shaw graduated from St Xavier's College, Kolkata with Economics (Hons.). He joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1984. After a stint at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), New Delhi, he served in Indian diplomatic missions in Hong Kong, Beijing (twice), Bonn and Dhaka. He was a visiting fellow at the South Asia Programme of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in Washington, DC in 2004-05. He was Joint Secretary in the Ministries of Defence and External Affairs, respectively, from mid-2005 to end 2008. He served as Ambassador of India to Azerbaijan at Baku, December 2008 to May 2012. He was High Commissioner (Ambassador) of India to Tanzania at Dar es Salaam, July 2012 to July 2015. He retired from the IFS on 31 July 2015. Post retirement, Debnath Shaw was engaged by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), New Delhi as Consultant for the India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS-III) held in New Delhi in October’15. From March 2016, to September 2020, he was engaged as ‘Advisor’ to WAPCOS Limited, New Delhi, a Central Public Sector Enterprise under Ministry of Jal Shakti.

Prof Madhav Das Nalapat

Prof Madhav Das Nalapat

Madhav Das Nalapat was appointed India’s first Professor of Geopolitics by the Manipal Academy of Higher Education in 1999. He has written extensively on matters of strategy and geopolitics. His latest book, on “Foreign Policy for India in the 21st Century”, will be brought out by the close of the year. He is also a UNESCO Peace Chair, Senior Associate of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Board Member of the India-China-America Institute and Associate of the United Services Institution of India.

Sushant Sareen

Sushant Sareen

Sushant Sareen is Senior Fellow at Observer Research Foundation. An expert on Pakistan and Terrorism, his published works include Balochistan: Forgotten War, Forsaken People (2017), Corridor Calculus: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor & China’s Comprador model of investment in Pakistan (2016).

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies. A Defence Economist, he is pursuing his PhD in war studies from Kings College London. He has regular columns in the Print, Economic Times, Business Standard, Mint & Money Control as well as bylines in all major national dailies and the New York Times. He also has co-authored two books, one on military reforms and another on Afghanistan, and has a third book on the Hindu Right in India. Additionally he has several academic publications to his credit dealing with defence and foreign policy. Prior to his current post he coordinated the National Security Programme at the Observer Research Foundation. At ORF Abhijit was in the startup team curating CyFy, One of the world’s premiere conferences on international cyber governance and laws. He also accumulated a considerable body of work on the subjects of privacy and cyber surveillance & the gaping holes in Indian jurisprudence that allowed severe abuse of nebulous laws. He also curated the Raisina Dialogue, India’s window to the outside world, inaugurated by the Prime Minister and hosting several heads of state. Concurrently he was visiting scholar at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque) & at the Stimson Centre (Washington D C).

Lt Gen PR Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

Lt Gen PR Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

Lt Gen PR Kumar (Retd) served in the Indian Army for 39 years, He was the DG Army Aviation, before superannuating from the appointment of Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) in end 2015. He continues to write and talk on international and regional geo-political, security and strategic issues. He can be contacted at prkumarsecurity.wordpress.com and perumo9@gmail.com

Lord Rami Ranger, CBE

Lord Rami Ranger, CBE

Lord Rami Ranger, CBE is a founding member of the Hindu Forum of Britain, and Chairman of the Pakistan, India & UK Friendship Forum, and the British Sikh Association. In 2005 he was made a Member of the British Empire and in 2016 the Commander of British Empire for his services to British Business and the Asian Community.

Subhash Chandra

Subhash Chandra

Shri Subhash Chandra belongs to the 1986 batch of the IAS and retired as Secretary, Dept of Defence Production recently. He has nearly 7 1/2 years’ experience of working in the MoD in the Depts of Defence and Defence Production at the level of JS, AS and Secy.

Air Marshal Anil Chopra, PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM (Retd)

Air Marshal Anil Chopra, PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM (Retd)

Air Marshal Anil Chopra, PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM (Retd), is a pioneer of the Mirage 2000 fleet. He commanded two operational bases and the IAF’s Flight Test Centre ASTE. He is a former member of AFT Lucknow.

Lt Gen (Dr) Rakesh Sharma

Lt Gen (Dr) Rakesh Sharma

Lt Gen (Dr) Rakesh Sharma served for forty years in Indian Army and commanded the Fire and Fury Corps in Ladakh. He was Adjutant General of the Indian Army, and is currently DISTINGUISHED FELLOW with CLAWS. He is a prolific writer and lectures on geo-strategic and military matters.

Maj Gen Harsha Kakar (Retd)

Maj Gen Harsha Kakar (Retd)

Maj Gen Harsha Kakar was the Head of Department of Strategic Studies at the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad. He is an alumnus of the National Security Studies Course at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. Gen Kakar extensively writes for newspapers, magazines and online newsletters. His articles span a wide spectrum covering international relations, strategic threats (both military and non-military with emphasis on South Asia), defence planning and capacity building, national security and politico-military cooperation.

Maj Gen M Vinaya Chandran (Retd)

Maj Gen M Vinaya Chandran (Retd)

Maj Gen Vinaya Chandran is an Associate Member of Chatham House and PhD Research Scholar School of Political and International Studies, University of Madras. The General has commanded an independent Indian Army Brigade at Pithoragarh near Lipulekh and is a China specialist.

Dr Venkateswaran

Dr Venkateswaran

Dr. Venkateswaran is a Global Fellow with the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars, Washington DC. Previously, he has been a Kodikara Research Fellow with the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo. Dr. Venkateswaran has a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Maj Gaurav Arya (Retd)

Maj Gaurav Arya (Retd)

The author is a former Indian Army officer and is currently Senior Consulting Editor of the Republic Media Network.

Cmde Abhay Kumar Singh (Retd)

Cmde Abhay Kumar Singh (Retd)

Commodore Abhay Kumar Singh (Retd) is currently a Research Fellow at Manohar Parrikar the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. His current research area includes maritime geopolitics and strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific. A surface warfare officer, he has served in various operational and staff appointments in the Indian Navy. He has commanded several naval platforms including guided missile frigate, submarine rescue & deep diving vessel, and fleet auxiliary. He served as Director (Military Affairs) in the Disarmament and International Security Division of the Ministry of External Affairs and is an alumnus of the Naval Academy, Defence Services Staff Course and Naval War College.

Lt Gen PR Shankar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

Lt Gen PR Shankar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

Retired as Director General of Artillery in Oct 2016, Lt. Gen. Shankar has vast operational experience and has held many important command, staff and instructional appointments in the Army. An alumnus of Defence Services Staff College Wellington, Army War College Mhow, Naval PostGraduate School Monterey and National Defence College Delhi, he gave great impetus to the modernization of Artillery through indigenization. He has a deep understanding and experience of successful defense planning and acquisition spanning over a decade. He is presently a Professor in the Aerospace Department of IIT Madras and leads the Tamils Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor. The General writes extensively in all leading publications on strategic, geo political and military issues.

Lt Gen Avinash Chander Soneja,AVSM**,VSM** (Retd)

Lt Gen Avinash Chander Soneja,AVSM**,VSM** (Retd)

Lieutenant General Avinash Chander Soneja,AVSM**,VSM**(retired) was General Officer Commanding Counter Insurgency Force Rajouri in an active insurgency area. He superannuated on 31 Jan 2012 after being the Provost Marshal of the Army for two years and Director General Operational Logistics for nearly three years. He is MSc, M Phill and MBA and has authored a book titled "Militancy in Kashmir”, An Untold Saga of Counter Insurgency Operations.

Kamlesh Kumar Agnihotri

Kamlesh Kumar Agnihotri

Kamlesh Kumar Agnihotri is presently a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS), New Delhi. His specific field of work is on Chinese Defense Forces, particularly the Chinese Navy. Having followed the Chinese economic and military ascendency for 15 years since 2005, he has become quite well versed in China’s international relations and Defence Diplomacy across the Globe. He has worked at the National Maritime Foundation (NMF), New Delhi - a premier think tank affiliated to the Indian Navy - for 5 years, where he contributed a great deal to the informed discourse on matters relating to the Chinese maritime domain. He has authored a book titled “The Strategic Direction of Chinese Navy: Capability and Intent Assessment”, co-edited three books, written chapters in other books and penned research articles in the various Journals.

Nilesh Kunwar

Nilesh Kunwar

Nilesh Kunwar is a retired Indian Army Officer who is an amateur Pakistan and Kashmir watcher. He spends his post-retirement days pursuing his favourite hobby of writing for newspapers, journals and think tanks.

Naveen Chopra

Naveen Chopra

Naveen Chopra is a retired Military Intelligence Colonel and an interpreter in the Tibetan language. During his service, spanning nearly three and a half decades, he worked in different operational environments. He has vast experience in intelligence and security matters and has also held senior teaching appointments at prestigious defence training institutions. He writes frequently on topical subjects.

Col (Dr.) Sudhir Sakhuja

Col (Dr.) Sudhir Sakhuja

Col Sakhuja has worked at the China desk of the Army's Military Operations Directorate. As the spokesperson of the Indian Army, he has also had a ringside view of the decision making on security related issues. Post retirement he has been an academic with continuing interest in national and regional security.

Col (Dr) DPK Pillay (Retd), Shaurya Chakra

Col (Dr) DPK Pillay (Retd), Shaurya Chakra

Col (Dr) DPK Pillay, Shaurya Chakra, is a decorated war wounded veteran. He also holds the distinction of serving in both the Ministry of Defence Secretariat and in the National Security Council Secretariat . He served with the ICRC as a Military Advisor in the Middle East before returning to MP IDSA where he is a Research Fellow.

Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)

Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)

A veteran of the Indian Navy, Cdr Dhawan served in the Navy from 1988 to 2009. He was a Maritime Reconnaissance Pilot and a Flying Instructor. He is a geopolitical analyst and writes for the various online websites and organizations.

Dr. Sunil Kumar Agarwal

Dr. Sunil Kumar Agarwal

Dr. Sunil Kumar Agarwal is a strategic affairs analyst. He has richexperience of serving in academia, government and think-tanks.He holds a Ph.D. in International Law from Jawaharlal NehruUniversity, New Delhi, India.He is a Life Member of Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) and Associate Member, National MaritimeFoundation, Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA).

Maj Amit Bansal

Maj Amit Bansal

Major Amit Bansal is a Defence Strategist with keen interests in International affairs, Maritime security, Terrorism and Internal Security. He is also an author, Blogger and poet.

Col (Dr) PC Patnaik (Retd)

Col (Dr) PC Patnaik (Retd)

Ph D, MBA with outstanding academia, Col(Dr) P C Patnaik, is a veteran who commanded an Arty Regt in CT ops in J&K. He is a TV panelist, writer, Human Rights activist, adventurist and socialite. He has won COAS Gold medal Essay Competition, and All Odisha English Essay Competition. He closely follows geostrategic issues and contributes to various Think Tanks.

Col R N Ghosh Dastidar

Col R N Ghosh Dastidar

Col RN Ghosh Dastidar ( Retd) is a freelance journalist.

Col RC Patial, SM, FRGS, PhD

Col RC Patial, SM, FRGS, PhD

Col RC Patial, SM, FRGS, PhD has served with the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) as a Senior Defence Specialist. Worked as the Chief Editor of Open Source Intelligence in NTRO. Possess unique experience of serving in active CI Ops across the country and in Sri Lanka. In a Corps HQ in CI Ops was responsible for interacting with the Media of five NE states. A regular writer on matters military and travel. Has been a keen mountaineer and a trekker. Presently is the Headmaster of Amity Indian Military College Manesar, Gurgaon.