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.

    Nuke policy not in for a change

    August 20, 2019

    Research Fellow, IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article on India’s nuclear policy, titled ‘Nuke policy not in for a change’ has been published in Mail Today on August 20, 2019.

    A chance for J&K to find a leadership that’s less threatening, more caring

    August 07, 2019

    Research Fellow, IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article on Jammu and Kashmir, titled ‘A chance for J&K to find a leadership that’s less threatening, more caring’ has been published in Live Mint on August 07, 2019.

    Food Security in India: Evolution, Efforts and Problems

    This article examines India’s efforts to achieve food security. It traces the problem, from the inadequate production of food grains during colonial times, to the challenges of procurement, storage and distribution of cereals in post-independence India, after achieving self-sufficiency in food production. The establishment of the Public Distribution System (PDS) and its evolution into the Targeted PDS and the National Food Security Act are outlined. The role of the Food Corporation of India and the efforts to improve it, are discussed.

    November 2018

    Can Healthcare be Affordable for All in India?

    November 20, 2018

    "Can Healthcare be Affordable for All in India?," in C.D. Sahay (ed.), A Political Economic Approach to Reclaiming India, Vivekananda International Foundation, Vitasta Publishing Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2019.


    Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees: An Aberration on India’s Humanitarian Legacy

    To force all Rohingyas to return on the grounds of “threat to security” is against India’s humanitarian heritage. The government and its agencies are capable of sifting out Rohingya elements who might actually have links to terror organisations from the rest of the group.

    October 16, 2018

    Dangari Killings: Defending injustice a greater crime

    October 16, 2018

    Research Fellow, IDSA, Col DPK Pillay’s article on Dangari Killings, titled ‘Dangari Killings: Defending injustice a greater crime’ was published in ‘The Economic Times’ on October 16, 2018.

    In democracies like India, the approach is to establish the primacy of human life and dignity over everything else. What is at stake here is not justice in stray incidents of extrajudicial killings but the fundamental principles of a democratic, secular and liberal state, writes Col Pillay.

    100 Years Of Battle Of Haifa: A Greater Cause For Celebration Than Surgical Strike

    September 24, 2018

    Research Fellow, IDSA, Col DPK Pillay’s article on Battle of Haifa, titled ‘100 Years of Battle of Haifa: A Greater Cause for Celebration than Surgical Strike’ was published in ‘The Outlook’ on September 24, 2018.

    The battle of Haifa and its significance a hundred years later emphasizes that why great battles should be commemorated and celebrated for the right reasons, say Col Pillay.

    Human Security Approach to Internal Security: Case Study of Reconciliation and Insurgency in Tamenglong, Manipur

    Human security as a concept contends that the appropriate referent for peace and security should be the individual instead of the state. This Essay explores whether a human security-centred approach, i.e., a focus on the individual citizen’s concerns and security complements rather than contradicts state and national security.

    July 2018

    Applying Human Security in the Indian Context

    This article explores the concept of human security and examines the scope for its adoption as a normative and policy framework in India. Human security prioritises non-military methods as a means of achieving security without compromising the priorities accorded to traditional security threats. It requires the fulfilment of people’s basic needs and rights.

    January 2016

    Wrong Weapons in Wrong hands: Ensure compliance with readiness

    Chemical weapons can cause large scale death and destruction. To give an example, a pinhead size drop of nerve agent can kill an adult within minutes. In a country like India which has a large density of population, a large scale attack is almost impossible to prepare against. Chemical weapons are ideal for terror seekers because they are cheap and easily accessible. They are also easy to transport.

    January-June 2015