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  • Pradeep Kumar Gautam

    +91 11 2671 7983

    A veteran of 1971 Indo-Pakistan War in Bangladesh and Operation Meghdoot (Siachen glacier)   and a  MSc in Defence Studies and Instructor- in- Gunnery. Last served in Faculty of Studies at the School of Artillery, Devlali.  Post premature retirement in 2000,he   has engaged in research   and  on giving lectures and presentation on his research themes.    He was a  Research Fellow   at the IDSA  from August 2005 till April 2018. With effect from September 2018 he is a Consultant for the Indigenous Historical Knowledge (IHK)  Project at        Has an abiding interest  in Non Traditional Security(NTS) including environmental security, water and climate change, military affairs, and Tibet. He was convener of  the IDSA  working  group  Security Implications  of Climate Change for India (2009) and  a member of IDSA Task Force Report: Water Security for India(2010). He is the  lead author of IDSA Task Force Report Tibet and India’s Security (2012).

    Some  select  published books  are: Environmental Security: Internal and External Dimensions and Response ,New Delhi, Knowledge World, 2003 ;  National Security; A Primer , New Delhi, Knowledge World, 2004 ;  Operation Bangladesh, New Delhi, Manas, 2007; Composition and Regimental System of the Indian Army: Continuity and Change, New Delhi, IDSA/Shipra, 2008; Environmental Security: New Challenges and Role of Military, New Delhi, IDSA/Shipra, 2010.

    From  2012/13  he has steered the IDSA project ‘Indigenous Historical Knowledge’ and has  a number of articles,  three monographs ,and  five chapters on or related to  Kautilya’s Arthaśāstra in  four  edited volumes  of which he is also the co-editor  of  the trilogy  Indigenous Historical Knowledge; Kautilya and His Vocabulary, Volumes I, II and III (20015/2016). His present research interest is Kamandaka’s Nitishastra and the Kural .

    Publications at IDSA

    Composition of the Army- Then and Now
    One Year of Arthasastra : Response , Pedagogy and Research - Col. P.K. Gautam

    Select Publications