• 10 June, 2023
Geopolitics & National Security
Pavithran Rajan
Pavithran Rajan

Pavithran Rajan is a military veteran, tech entrepreneur and academic. He is a former Advisor at the MHA; GoI and Adjunct Faculty at the Cyber Security Research Centre; Punjab Engineering College and Advisor for Cyber Peace Foundation.  Author of Engaging China: Indian Interests In The Information Age. His research fields are Information Warfare, Information Security and Privacy, National Security and International Relations.

Articles Lists

Pakistan, With Head Above The Water : Way The Cookie Crumbles

I am becoming increasingly more confident at answering the inevitable question about Pakistan that is thrown at me in seminars, interviews and interactions on geopolitics. The question revolves around Pakistan’s survivability in the light of all that is happening in that country. I invariably opin

Punjab – Seeking Way Forward In Simmering Crisis

Introduction Role models like Rishi Sunak, PM of the UK, and Ajay Banga, recently appointed President of World Bank, bolster Punjab’s image, giving it a larger-than-life narrative. The community is characterized by an adventurous and industrious spirit, very visible and known to be punching, m

Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS)

“On 29th May 2023, ISRO successfully launched the GSLV-F12 NVS-01 mission, deploying the second-generation NavIC satellite into space. The NVS-01 satellite is the first of the new series aimed at enhancing the Navigation with Indian Constellation, NavIC services. After a flight of about 19 minutes

India & G-20: A Forum for Multilateralism

The year 2023 will be historic in multiple aspects from India's viewpoint, however the year is most important from a foreign policy point of view as India would be conducting the G-20 meet in the year 2023. G-20 refers to the group of 20 most economically powerful nations who have a contribution of

The Crisis In Manipur : An Assessment

“The situation in Manipur has not yet been resolved, the violence not yet abated and the actual truth not yet clear. Much of the narrative you hear about the violence in the state depends upon who tells it to you and his or her ethnicity.” Manipur is a state in northeast India, geographic

China’s 2024 Threat To Indian Democracy

The Indian state of Karnataka went to elections on May 2023. It was surprising to note how the Chinese media gave coverage to a state election in India, a phenomenon that was not seen before. The South China Morning Post (SCMP) published articles with heading like “What Congress’ Win over Modi

Squabbling Between Various Establishments in Pakistan

What happened on 09 May 2023 will undoubtedly be remembered in Pakistan for how military establishments, including Jinnah House in Lahore, the residence of the Corps Commander in Lahore and the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, were stormed by infuriated followers of ex-PM Imran Khan on his

Conceptualizing A Conventional Missile Force

Nuclear Deterrent Dynamics  “The sole purpose of India’s nuclear deterrence is to deter adversaries use or threat of use of nuclear weapons”                        Dr Manpreet Sethi   Indian nuclear deterrence that took shape post the Pokhran blasts in 1998 has matu

The PLA Soldier: The Man Behind The Machine

When the South China Morning Post wrote a rather surprising piece on the new selection criteria for PLA recruits, one particular condition – “Any applicant – even for non-combat positions – who cannot stand the sight of blood would be rejected”[1] was particularly of interest. When did the

India’s Loitering Munitions: Building ‘Atmanirbharta’ For Lethal Battlefield Engagements!

In a cornerstone advancement towards indigenization of battlefield capability, the Indian Air Force (IAF) received its first consignment of ALS-50 indigenous Loitering Munitions (LM) from Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) earlier this month. The ALS-50 was first showcased at DefExpo-2022, amongst

Defence Attaches And Intelligence Agencies: Enabling Defence Exports

In a much-needed policy initiative, the Government of India decided to redeploy military attaches to countries where they can help increase domestic defence exports. This will reduce the number of military officers stationed in countries where the country traditionally imports military equipment. Of

Semiconductors For Self-Reliance In Aerospace Manufacturing

The initiative on Self-reliance and Atmanirbhar Bharat has propelled the Indian defence industry towards higher pursuits and undertaking ambitious projects. The Indian defence industry, specifically the aerospace industry, has paved its way ahead in the last few years by investing in producing aircr