D. Padma Kumar Pillay

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  • Col (Dr) D.P.K. Pillay is Research Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.

    Against All Odds: The Forgotten Tales of Independent India’s Tryst with Peacekeeping

    There is a part of history that many in India are not familiar with today. This article is an account of Independent India’s first overseas mission under the UN – The unique role that the Indian military played in the Korean conflict.

    July-September 2022

    Agnipath: Addressing the Manpower Challenges of the Indian Armed Forces

    The Agnipath scheme provides an opportunity for the armed forces to leap into the next generation of warfare with a manpower that can embrace technological challenges.

    June 21, 2022

    Clear Entry, Exit Norms, Hiked Retention Ratio

    June 19, 2022

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col DPK Pillay’s piece ‘Clear entry, exit norms, hiked retention ratio: How can Agnipath be made more attractive?’ has been published in the Times of India, on 19 June 2022.

    Arrival of Portuguese in India and its Role in Shaping Modern India

    June 02, 2022

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col DPK Pillay’s article ‘Arrival of Portuguese in India and its Role in Shaping Modern India’ has been published in Daxiyanguo No. 27, Portuguese Journal of Asian Studies, Instituto do Oriente, Lisbon, Portugal.

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    First Engineer to be Army Chief

    May 09, 2022

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col DPK Pillay’s article ‘First Engineer to be Army Chief’ has been published in Blitz India, on 09 May 2022.

    General Manoj Pande took over as 29th Chief of the Indian Army on May 1, 2022. His appointment made some unusual news because he is the first officer from the Corps of Engineers to don the mantle, say Col Pillay.

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    The Peace Dividend

    April 29, 2022

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col DPK Pillay’s article ‘The Peace Dividend’ has been published in the Open magazine on 29 April 2022.

    Political agreements and a firm hand in dealing with insurgencies have normalised the Northeast, making it easier for India to face Chinese threats across an unsettled border, says Col Pillay.

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    Why does former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon have ‘half his heart’ in India?

    April 01, 2022

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col DPK Pillay’s article ‘Why does former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon have ‘half his heart’ in India?’ has been published in Blitz India on 01 April 2022.

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    Can we Become Wiser from the Havoc of COVID-19?

    Abstract: COVID-19 sent the whole world and economy into a tailspin. This article first explores the brief history of use of biological weapons. Furthermore, it encapsulates the debates surrounding the biological weapon convention in general and COVID-19 in particular. Finally, the article highlights India’s ability to fight back a pandemic and her resilience that was tested in the initial phase of COVID-19 and during the second wave.

    July-December 2021

    What India can learn and unlearn from America's rise to power

    March 12, 2022

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘What India can learn and unlearn from America's rise to power’ has been published in ‘The Economic Times’ on 12 March 2022.

    It is time India showed the mirror to the West, and the United States in particular — about both its lack of sensitivity on Indian concerns and the double standards America has applied towards India, says Col Pillay.

    Beginning of the End : Emergence of a New World Order

    March 04, 2022

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘Beginning of the End: Emergence of a New World Order’ has been published in Chanakya Forum on 04 March 2022.

    The outcome of the Russia-Ukraine conflict will be that the stability which the world has seen for the better part of last century and the first two decades of this, will not be seen again in the coming decades. The world will no longer be the same. It is the beginning of the end for the powers that dominated for over a century, says Col Pillay.

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