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P. V. Ramana

Research Fellow
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Joined IDSA

September 2007


South Asian Studies, Regional Security of South Asia, Military Research and Development, Internal Security, Maoist Movements in South Asia

Current Project

The Maoist Challenge in India: State Response


Dr. P. V. Ramana is a student of South Asian security studies. His MPhil dissertation was entitled Role of the Navy in India's Security (1996) and his Doctoral dissertation was entitled Military R&D in India: Programmes and Processes (2000).

Since 2002, Dr. Ramana has been trying to understand the Naxalite-Maoist movements in India and the other South Asian countries, and has conduced field visits every year since 2002 in Naxalite-affected parts of his native State, Andhra Pradesh, and in Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

Dr. Ramana has contributed over 70 publications on the Naxalite movement in India –– chapters in books, research papers, articles in reputed newspapers like Indian Express, Tribune, Deccan Herlad, the vernacular Prabhat Khabar, and popular websites such as He has made presentations at various places in India, including at the Defence Intelligence Agency of the Headquarters, Integrated Defence Staff (HQ IDS).

Dr. Ramana was quoted in the August 19-25, 2006 issue of The Economist, London. He was quoted earlier, too, in a number of publications at home and abroad and has also appeared on national television: Door Darshan, NDTV; and TV 9, a vernacular Telugu news and current affairs channel.

Dr. Ramana was consulted by the All India Congress Committee (AICC)-appointed Task Force on Naxalite Violence, in 2005, in the preparation of its report. He is also consulted from time to time by policy makers, MNCs, scholars, journalists, security force officials and foreign diplomats for his opinion on the subject.

Dr. Ramana is on the guest faculty of Internal Security Academy, Mount Abu, and Border Security Force Academy, Tekanpur, near Gwalior.