D. Padma Kumar Pillay

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  • Col. (Dr) D.P.K. Pillay, SC is Research Fellow at IDSA New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.

    The story of India in the Korean War

    November 29, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘The story of India in the Korean War’ has been published in ‘The Korean Herald’ on November 29, 2020.

    The Korean War was, interestingly, the first commitment to a UN assignment by an independent India and the Indian Army. Our mission in Korea was a task that many did not think India would either be able to handle or deliver, because of its layered complexities and intrigue writes Col. Pillay.

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    Forgotten tales of valour and courage: Chivalry and courage at the Battle for Haifa

    September 24, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘Forgotten tales of valour and courage: Chivalry and courage at the Battle for Haifa’ has been published in 'The Economic Times', on September 24, 2020.

    The battle of Haifa, Israel, should be commemorated not just for the circumstances it was fought under but also for the impact it had on human history and progress, writes Col. Pillay.

    Raising the Indian flag in Pakistan: Story of an Indian Battalion

    August 15, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay's article 'Raising the Indian flag in Pakistan: Story of an Indian Battalion' has been published in 'The Economic Times' on August 15, 2020.

    The article is the story of an Indian Battalion trapped at Razmak in the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan -- a moment in Indian history that has largely been forgotten today.

    Geneva Conventions at 71: An in-depth look from the Indian perspective

    August 14, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘Geneva Conventions at 71: An in-depth look from the Indian perspective’ has been published in ‘The Economic Times’ on August 14, 2020.

    In recent human history the most significant developments in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law (IHL) happened when the world—exhausted by the barbarity of two World Wars—got together to frame the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and the Geneva Conventions (GC) of 1949 of 12 August 1949, writes Col. Pillay.

    How music influenced the War of Liberation of Bangladesh

    August 03, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA. Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘How music influenced the War of Liberation of Bangladesh’ has been published in Daily ‘O’ on August 03, 2020.

    The Concert for Bangladesh was organised at Madison Garden in New York on August 1, 1971, by George Harrison and his mentor, Pt Ravi Shankar. It changed the way the world viewed events in East Pakistan, forcing the US government to notice and react, writes Col. Pillay.

    Thimayya of India-a Man for All Seasons

    July 31, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article on General Thimayya, titled ‘Thimayya of India-a Man for All Seasons’ has been published in the ‘Salute’ Magazine on July 31, 2020.

    The article is an account of the sterling role played by General Thimayya as Chairman of the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission (NNRC) in Korea.

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    The Custodian Force of India and Lt General Thorat: The General who knew the way

    July 27, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘The Custodian Force of India and Lt. General Thorat: The General who knew the way’ has been published in ‘The Economic Times’ on July 27, 2020. The article is in continuation to a series of articles on India’s hidden military history.

    Rare is a General endowed with both character and strategic vision. Gen Thorat was one, and he will remain one of the best Army Chiefs India never had, writes Col. Pillay.

    Forgotten tales of valour and courage: NNRC in Korea and Lt Gen KS Thimayya

    July 20, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA. Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article on General Thimayya’s role in Korea as Chairman of Neutral Nations Repatriation Committee (NNRC), titled ‘NNRC in Korea and Lt Gen KS Thimayya’ has been published in ‘The Economic Times’ on July 20, 2020.

    The article which is in continuation to the series ‘Forgotten Tales of Valour and Courage‘, also covers General Thimayya’s role in Liberation of Kashmir and the honour he brought to India in Korea by his impartial and professional conduct.

    Forgotten tales of courage and valour: The Bucket Brigade

    July 09, 2020

    Research Fellow Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article on Indian military’s role in the Korean conflict against China and North Korea in 1950, titled ‘Forgotten tales of courage and valour: The Bucket Brigade’ has been published in ‘The Economic Times’ on July 09, 2020. The article is in continuation to a series of articles on India’s hidden military history.

    If we have an Army we have to use it

    June 17, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col D.P.K. Pillay’s article on the Indian Army, titled ‘If we have an Army we have to use it’ has been published in Malayalam Manorama on June 17, 2020.

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