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  • Pradeep Kumar Gautam

    Consultant
    Email: 
    pkgautam2003@yahoo.co.in
    Phone: 
    +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   https://idsa.in/history.        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

    • This article posits that military science has been one of the most neglected subjects in Indian history in practice and in scholarship. Greater, popular scholarly focus tends to be mostly on subjects dealing with grand strategy and with it, abstract armchair theorising. While grand strategy is necessary at the political–military level, it is not sufficient as victory or defeat also depends on the capacity of the armed forces to achieve the desired results during the conduct of war.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • Chairperson: Amb A. N. D. Haksar (Retd)
      External Discussants: Prof. Jayati Srivastava, Dr. Medha Bisht, Dr. Saurabh Mishra
      Internal Discussants: Gp. Capt. K. K. Khera, Col. Vikrant Deshpande

      January 19, 2018
      Events
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Col PK Gautam’s article on Kautilya’s Arthashastra, titled ‘Kautilya’s Arthashastra and its Relevance to Contemporary Strategic Studies’ was published in the April-June 2017 issue of the USI Journal.

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      July 27, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Col PK Gautam’s article on Mountain Batteries in the 1918 Palestine Campaign titled, ‘Murree and Pooch Mountain Batteries in the 1918 Palestine Campaign’, was published in the October- December 2016 issues of the USI Journal, Vol. CXLVI, No. 606.

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      February 02, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Col PK Gautam’s article titled ‘Military - Environment- Diplomacy Interface: Prospects for India’ was published by the Science Technology and Security Forum of Manipal Advanced Research Group (MARG), Manipal University.

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      December 05, 2016
      IDSA News
    • October 21, 2016
      Events
      • Publisher: Pentagon Press
        2016

      This book is the third in a series of three volumes on "Kautilya and His Vocabulary" as a part of the "Indigenous Historical Knowledge" project undertaken by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. The edited volumes contain select papers presented in a series of workshops, national and international seminars organised by the Institute. The project is an attempt to trace, look into, analyse and relate with the indigenous strategic thinking in India. These volumes aim at initiating the study, internalisation, spread and consolidation of Kautilya's Arthashastra in the strategic domain. The four focus themes in the three volumes are foreign policy, intelligence, war and internal security as they relate to contemporary times.

      • ISBN 978-81-8274-909-2,
      • Price: ₹. 795
      • E-copy available
      Book
    • This monograph engages with and explores the concepts of dharma and artha in Kautilya's Arthashastra and also the Mahabharata, and provides a few contemporary examples.

      Monograph
    • Only by making the concept of dharma central can a balance be evolved between the trivarga of artha, kama and dharma and lifestyle changes introduced to cope with climate change.

      March 23, 2016
      IDSA Comments
      • Publisher: Pentagon Press
        2016

      This book is the second in a series of three volumes on “Kautilya and His Vocabulary” as a part of the “Indigenous Historical Knowledge” project undertaken by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. These volumes aim at initiating the study, internalisation, spread and consolidation of Kautilya's Arthashastra in the strategic domain. The four focus themes in the three volumes are foreign policy, intelligence, war and internal security as they relate to contemporary times.

      • ISBN 978-81-8274-866-8,
      • Price: ₹. 695.00
      • E-copy available
      Book
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