GENERAL J J SINGH
GENERAL J J SINGH is a National Leader with over 48 years contribution to nation building and having the distinction of being the Chief of Army Staff and later Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. He is a distinguished international personality and a public speaker with vast experience.
Gen. Singh has a strategic perspective on foreign policy and defence relations with neighbouring countries. He has a global insight and vision for strategic defence relations, indigenisation of defence industry on PPP mode and modernisation of Defence Forces. His perspective and knowledge is a valued national asset which can used to steer long term national defence and security policy. He is luminary of great distinction and by his exemplary vision, leadership and sagacity, he can contribute to development of corporate governance, CSR and steer international and national growth and excellence agenda for any global corporation. His thesis on ‘India’s Strategy to Boost Defence Exports’ was published in the National Defence College magazine in 1994.
The General became the 22nd Chief of Army Staff and commanded the second largest Army of the world from 31 Jan 2005 - 30 Sept 2007. During 2007 he held the appointment of Chairman Chief of Staff of the three forces. During his tenure General JJ Singh, refined operational planning by co-opting the battle winning role of revolution in military affairs and provided focussed direction based on the ‘Doctrine of the Indian Army’ having earlier been its architect, He has handled an army of 1.2 million soldiers and managed defence assets of many billion rupees as the Army Chief. He has done all the professional courses to include Defence Services Staff Course, Senior Command, Higher Command and National Defence College Courses and holds a masters degree in Defence Science. He has also had the privilege of being the first Indian Defence Attache in Algeria.
The General served as Governor of the State of Arunachal Pradesh from 2008-2013. He was proactively instrumental in implementation of the Prime Minister’s development package of Rs 20,000 crores for development of state in major infrastructural projects related to road, rail, air connectivity and power.
He has endeavoured to earn the sobriquet of being ‘A Soldiers General and People’s Governor’. His autobiography A Soldiers General was published in 2012 by Harper Collins, India. The book has been translated into Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi and Bengali besides being a best-seller in English. India’s national security challenges such as Siachen, Kargil, Counter-terrorism operation in J & K and the NE, relations with our neighbours, Pakistan and China in particular, have been discussed in a brilliant manner. The General Officer is widely travelled and has been to over 50 countries and enhanced mil-to-mil co-operation in a significant manner.
A thinking General who has distinguished himself as a hands on professional who leads from the front. He believes in the credo ‘Fight to Win’; a warrior and a winner, he is an achiever against odds. The General Officer has shown great enterprise in ‘turning around’ weak organisations and creating capabilities of our armed forces. The project of ‘ultra-light howitzers along with the heavy-lift helicopters’ which India will be acquiring soon, was the General’s brainchild. He is a member of the jury of the Institute of Directors (IOD) for the selection of corporates and PSU’s for the prestigious Annual Golden Peacock Awards.
Mr ARUN SARMA
Mr ARUN SARMA. Awarded the Padma Shri in 2010, playwright and author Mr Arun Sarma is one of the most versatile dramatists of Assam who had been instrumental in shaping modern Assamese drama. He is equally at home in the medium of creative writing and is a significant novelist of the present times. He has the rare distinction of having won the Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 2003 for his contributions to drama and the Sahitya Akademi award in 1998 for literature. He is a recipient of the Assam Valley Literary Award in 2005, another most prestigious literary distinction. He was also the honorary president of Asom Natya Sanmilan – the apex dramatist body of Assam. He has also received Asom Sahitya Sabha award for his plays. A harbinger of modernity in Assamese drama, he is one of those rare writers who observe the world with a clinical detachment but with sensitive concern. He has 17 published plays and five published novels to his credit, besides several other plays and novels published in significant literary journals of Assam. Mr Sarma has edited several volumes of plays, written scripts for Tele-films and radio documentaries, apart form serving as member of many social, art and educational organizations. He is an ardent propagator of peace and his views against conflict and bloodshed are well articulated in his lectures and writings.
Mr PC HALDAR
Mr PC HALDAR is a Member of the National Security Advisory Board. A former Director of Intelligence Bureau, Government of India (2007-2008), Mr Halder is currently Government of India’s Peace Interlocutor with various insurgent groups in Assam, including the ULFA and the NDFB.
A 1970-batch IPS officer from Bihar cadre, Mr Haldar has had extensive experience in counter-surveillance, tackling insurgency and VIP security. He has also served in missions abroad, including in the UK.
Lt Gen ARVINDER SINGH LAMBA
Lt. Gen. ARVINDER SINGH LAMBA retired as Vice Chief of Army Staff after more than four decades of service to the nation.
As Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Lamba was responsible for review of the External and Internal security environment, and synergizing Military Planning towards overall readiness of the Indian Army. He has a vast exposure to defence cooperation, military diplomacy, strategic leadership, international relations, and conflict prevention. A veteran of the 1971 war in Bangladesh, he served across the country, and had several tenures in insurgency in the Northeast and the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka.
Lt. Gen. Lamba has done his Ph.D., his MA in International Affairs from Kings College London, and MBA in International Marketing. He is presently engaged with various forums for strategic and defence reviews/analysis, and as part of international delegations and Track II dialogues.
Prof. Dr. NAYAN SHARMA
Prof. Dr. Nayan Sharma is with the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee teaching River Engineering, Hydraulic Structures, Inland Navigation and Concrete Dams. Earlier, as a professional engineer with the Assam Flood Control and Irrigation Department, he designed several barrages or dams, river training structures in the Brahmaputra basin.
Dr Sharma is member of 63 national and international technical committees and has edited and authored three books. He received the Indo-Swiss Bilateral Research Award as Visiting Professor in Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne. He has been guiding 166 M. Tech theses and 20 Ph.D scholars in IIT Roorkee.
Prof. Dr. NANI GOPAL MAHANTA
Prof Nani Gopal Mahanta is currently Professor and head of the department, Political Science and Director, Global Studies Centre, at Gauhati University. Formerly he was the Coordinator, Peace and Conflict Studies, a UGC Innovative project from 2004-2009 at the Gauhati University.
His research interest includes issues of Peace and Conflict Resolution, Human Development and Security, Insurgency, Ethnicity and Identity Politics. He was selected as the Rotary World Peace Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley from 2002-2004. As a World Peace fellow, he travelled to various parts of the world including Europe and South Asia for his internship and empirical work. Prof Mahanta was a visiting fellow to International Peace Research Institute (PRIO), Norway, Oslo. He is also the president of North East India Political Science Association (NEIPSA) for the last four years.
Prof Mahanta did his MA in Political Science from JNU, New Delhi in 1992. His PhD thesis was on State, Identity and Politics of Violence: ULFA and vision of peace in Assam (2006). Apart from authoring the book titled Confronting the State: ULFA’s Quest for Sovereignty, published by Sage, a number of books have been edited by him both in English and Assamese including Shifting Terrain: Conflict Dynamics in Northeast India published by DVS, Delhi, in 2012. He has published articles in various journals and often appeared as an expert in television and other media. He is the recipient of the ERDF award of Excellence 2009 for creating Public awareness about civic and social rights and responsibilities.
CDPS is profoundly saddened at the passing away of our Distinguished Fellow B G Verghese on 30 December 2014, at the age of 87.