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Lawyer & Politician
Former Military Adviser, National Security Council Secretariat
Editor-In-Chief, The News Minute

Date & Time

Thursday Thu, 5 May 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

In the public discourse in India, the term ‘national security’ is often conflated with the defence of national borders.  However, the national security establishment—particularly after the nuclear tests of 1998 and the Kargil War in 1999—has developed a more holistic approach to national security and established structures to tackle it in all its aspects. In 2011, about a decade after the fundamental restructuring of the national security apparatus, the government appointed a task force to review the system and suggest course corrections as may be required.

In the past few decades, challenges to India’s national security have grown more complex and intense. Along its land frontiers, India faces disputed boundaries and competing territorial claims with both Pakistan and China. The Line of Control (LoC), a de facto boundary with Pakistan, and the Line of Actual Control (LAC), an unmarked boundary with China, have remained contentious for decades. Beijing has also forged partnerships with other states in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), if not of the same depth and breadth as its relationship with Pakistan.

India’s national security landscape, if not irretrievably perilous, is stressed and susceptible to conflict with its neighbours. We have seen the impact these conflicts have had on India, as well as the successes and failures of how India has dealt with the same. Some of these points have also been discussed in a recently published book by one of the discussants, Mr. Manish Tiwari, called ‘10 Flashpoints; 20 Years National Security Situations that Impacted India‘.

In collaboration with The Takshashila Institution


Manish Tewari

Lawyer & Politician

Manish Tewari is a Lawyer and a Member of Parliament representing Sri Anandpur Sahib in Punjab in the 17th Lok Sabha.

He earlier represented the Ludhiana Parliamentary Constituency in Punjab in the 15th Lok Sabha. He served as the Union Minister of State Independent Charge in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. He was the Spokesperson of the Cabinet and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government.

He was a Permanent / Special Invitee to the Union Cabinet as well as a Member of various Cabinet Committees such as Economic Affairs, Investment Parliamentary Affairs and numerous Empowered Groups of Ministers.

He is currently the Senior National Spokesperson of the Indian National Congress (INC). He has been the Spokesperson of the Indian National Congress for the past 12 years – 2008 onwards and General Secretary of its Foreign Affairs Department.

He served as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the South Asia Centre of the Atlantic Council – a Washington DC based Think Tank. He also served as an Honorary Advisor to the Observer Research Foundation (ORF). He has served on the Standing Committees of Law & Justice, Defense & Foreign Affairs and the Joint Parliamentary Committee that examined the Issues pertaining to the Telecom Sector from 1994-2009 as well as the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of Defense.

He currently serves on the Standing Committee of Finance & Joint Committee of Parliament examining the Data Protection Bill as well as the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of Defense.

He has authored four books:-
1) Decoding a Decade – The Politics of Policy Making
2) Fables of Fractured Times and
3) Tidings of Troubled Times
4) 10 Flash Points 20 Years – National Security situations that impacted India ****

Lt Gen Prakash Menon

Former Military Adviser, National Security Council Secretariat

Lt Gen Prakash Menon is Director of the Strategic Studies Programme at The Takshashila Institution, and former Military Adviser in the National Security Council Secretariat. He is the author of the book, ‘The Strategy Trap – India and Pakistan Under the Nuclear Shadow’, and is on Twitter at @prakashmenon51.

Dhanya Rajendran

Editor-In-Chief, The News Minute

Dhanya Rajendran is an Indian journalist and the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The News Minute. The News Minute is a South India focused online news magazine. She previously worked with Times Now and The New Indian Express.

Dhanya is considered a journalist who has deep understanding of political and social issues of South India. She has seen a long and successful career as a print, electronic and internet journalist. She is also quite popular on social media for her incisive and unbiased comments on contemporary socio – political development.