Lt.Col Divakaran Padma Kumar Pillay SHAURYA CHAKRA HONOREE
Hails from Kannur Kerala from Indian Army Elite regiment Brigade of GUARDS
A graduate of National Defence academy and Indian Military Academy-12 August 1996
Son of AVD Pillay from Ettumanoor ,Kottayam and Vasantha Pillay from Kannur Kerala Fellow at IDSA from Jun 2009 to 2010 Also liaison oficer of Kailash Mansarovar yatra An alumni of Militray School, Frank antony Public School-Bangalore. Awards - SHAURYA CHAKRA 1995 Aug 13 CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF COMMENDATIOn 2004 War wounds - Three bullets injuries on right shoulder and arm one on chest and grenade blast on leg
Academic Qualifications and Development of my PhD Thesis As my career evolved, I have taken equal interest in the study of peace, environmental and international relations. I have kept up the interest in academic growth and have acquired several qualifications unrelated to my profession like Masters in Sustainable Development , PG Diploma from WWF in Environmental Laws , Certificate in New Issues in Security from Geneva Centre for Security Policy , Geneva , Negotiations and Chairing International conference from UNITAR , Geneva, Humanitarian Law ,Human rights Law and Refugee Law etc.
Now pursuing PhD from Panjab University on the theme of “Human Security”. "I feel that National Security is not the ability to defend ones borders alone. True security emerges when every citizen’s sense of freedom and dignity is ensured , secured and protected -which should be the case in a truly free democratic and secular country like India. Having been a practitioner early on and now being involved in the Apex Security body has helped me appreciate better the subject of security as we believe and practice in our country. The urge to research the true meaning of National Security emerged within me when I spend a whole year in Rajasthan with the Armored Division following the attack on the Parliament in 2001. Here across the barren country side I came across the poor particularly women toiling hard in the desert sun with their children for a fistful of coins under the NREGS while the country spent several thousand crores maintaining an army at full readiness on the borders for a war that was never meant to be fought. I didn’t know what we were to be defending - the poor of the country or the symbol of democracy that was attacked by the terrorists. The tasks assigned to me in Operation Parakram grew to a subject of concern and the concern is now a thesis for research" Research Experience at Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses 2009-10" In 2009 he was selected as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses where he undertook a detailed research on direction of Defence Minister for “ Evaluating the benefits of Joint Exercises with foreign countries” leading to a qualitative change in approach and policy. One of the many commentaries made by me there on Afghanistan is at this link[ http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/ExitfromAfghanistan_dpkpillay_030310 ]While at IDSA I was also was invited by the UNEP to present papers on my research on impact of Climate Change in the Indian Sub continent. (posted by UNEP on their website [http://www.unep.org/law/PDF/SecurityimplicationClimateChange.pdf] and para 25 and 57 .
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