Indian Foreign Service (1979; Retired);
Former Deputy National Security Adviser and Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), (2014-17); Joint Secretary, NSCS on deputation from Ministry of External Affairs; 1999-2007. Dealt with a wide range of national security issues within the NSC structures. Had wide ranging interaction in official capacity with delegations of other countries.

Former Director General, Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), New Delhi (2012-14); Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair National Security, IDSA, 2008-2011. Conducted track 2 level interactions with think tanks of other countries. IDSA is entirely funded by the Ministry of Defence.
Served in Indian diplomatic missions in Moscow, London, and Ankara. Dealt with Afghanistan, Kashmir, Soviet Union, Russia, and Central Asia in the Ministry of External Affairs.

MSc (Physics), Delhi University (1974); Visiting Member Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (1974-76). M.Phil (1988) and PhD, School of International Studies JNU (1991);

Interested in problems of national and international security; foreign policy, issues of defence strategy; ancient Indian thought; nation building, science and technology etc.

Has written four books and co-edited several. His book How India Manages Its National Security was published by Penguin Random House in 2018.

Contributions 
Afghanistan Stares at an Uncertain Future The American troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan without an agreed political system in place. After nearly 20 years of a democratic period, Afghanistan is at the risk of losing the gains it made in the last 20 years of a democratic system. ...

ताकि दुनिया में सबको मिले टीका कोरोना महामारी के बढ़ते प्रकोप को देखते हुए अमेरिका ने भारत और दक्षिण अफ्रीका के उस प्रस्ताव का ...

Overcoming the Pandemic: Some Suggestions The country’s public health infrastructure is at a breaking point. Daily new cases have crossed the 400,000 mark and may increase manyfold in the coming days. The country has only approx. 75,000 ICUs whereas nearly every day, 75,000 ICU beds are ne...

समझना रूस-अमेरिका संबंधों के रुझानों को रूस का पश्चिमी देशों के साथ संबंध तेजी से बिगड़ता जा रहा है। दोनों पक्षों के नेताओं को बोली-बानी...

Understanding the Trends in Russia US Relations Russia’s relations with the West are deteriorating rapidly. The rhetoric from the top leaders on both sides has been sharp and uncharitably harsh. They have expelled diplomats from each others’ countries. On 19th March, in a TV interview, Pre...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
India’s Foreign Policy: Surviving in a Turbulent World Written by foreign policy experts, academics and practioners, this book develops the frameworks and strategies for India’s foreign policy that can be adopted to meet the emerging challenges and non-traditional threats in the new world order. It stu...

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - Relevance of India’s Ancient Thinking to Contemporary Strategic Reality The adoption of 21st June as International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, in response to an India-led resolution with a record high number of co-sponsors, was a landmark event. In this backdrop, it is all the more importa...

Sreeram Chaulia, Trumped; Emerging power in a post-American world, 2019, Bloomsbury, New Delhi. Sreeram Chaulia’s thought-provoking book, Trumped; Emerging Powers in a Post-American World is likely to trigger a debate on the impact of the disruption in the global order brought out by Trump’s ‘America First’ policy. The author...

Basant K. Gupta, Timeless Wisdom from Ancient India, Laksmi di Asya Om, Italy, Second Edition, 2014, Italy. ISBN 978-88-96642-27-6, pp.235 Attaining Peace, Harmony and Happiness, the Indian way Everyone wants to be prosperous, at peace and happy, and but few manage to attain these desirable goals. Why? How can one achieve peace and harmony while leading normal life? Vedas...

Prof R Vaidyanathan, Caste as Social Capital, Westland Books, 2019, Chennai, PP. 131 Prof Vaidyanathan’s book, Caste as Social Capital, challenges several myths relating to the working of the caste system in India. Noting that while caste is commonly identified with oppression and discrimination, he points out that it also h...

Outreach 
कहीं दोस्त, तो कहीं दुश्मन Published in Live Hindustan on 18 November 2020....

Australia joining the Malabar exercises will strengthen the Quad Published in Japan Institute for National Fundamentals 26 October 2020....

India favours gradual evolution of the Quad Published in Japan Institute for National Fundamentals (JINF) | Speaking Out 【#727】on 19 October 2020....

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