T. K. Oommen

Prof. Tharailath Koshy Oommen is an Indian sociologist, author, educationist and Professor Emeritus at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was the 12th president of International Sociological Association (1990‚Äď1994). He was awarded Padma Bhushan, the third highest Indian civilian award in 2008 for his services to the fields of education and literature by the President of India. He currently resides at National Media Campus, Gurgaon in Haryana.

Prof. Oommen started his career as a lecturer in Social Sciences at Delhi School of Social Work, Delhi University (1964‚Äď70) where he worked as the Reader in Sociology (1970‚Äď71). He then moved to the Centre for the Study of Social Systems (CSSS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as Associate Professor (1971‚Äď76) and later became the Professor of Sociology (1976‚Äď2002).


Saleem Kidwai

Prof. M. Saleem Kidwai is Research Director, Academy for Asia Pacific Studies, AMU Aligarh, He taught American Studies at School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and political science at University of Srinagar, Kashmir. He did his Masters and Ph.D. from Aligarh Muslim University. His areas of interest include International Relations, Democracy Promotion, √°nd Politics in West and South Asia.


Ashok K. Behuria

Dr. Ashok K. Behuria is a Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the South Asia Centre at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA). He has been in the Editorial Boards of Journal of Peace Studies and Strategic Analysis, MP-IDSA’s flagship journal. He has taught at University of Delhi and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. A close observer of South Asia politics, he has been awarded K. Subrahmanyam Award for excellence in strategic studies in 2009. His latest book Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan is available on MP-IDSA website for download and on Amazon/Flipkart for purchase.


Sheikh Khalid Jehangir

Sheikh Khaled Jehangir is a Journalist, strategic expert and a freelance commentator on contemporary issues from Jammu and Kashmir. his father Sheikh Ghulam Mohammad was a decorated officer who participated in India Pakistan war of 1965 and 1971 and retired as a Director in the Ministry of Defence.  Khaled studied at the Burn Hall School in Srinagar and graduated in political science. He has been the fellow of public Diplomacy & International relations from Pennsylvania United States of America (USA). 

Khaled has widely travelled the world . He started his career as a Journalist and covered many national and international events and worked with national and international media news bureaus in India and abroad. He has participated in international conferences and events and shared his perspectives with foreign governments, European Parliament, reputed think-tanks like RAND, and various other policy making bodies. At 22 years of age, he was one of the youngest participants at the UN Commission for Human Rights (UNCHR), Geneva Switzerland. As a close associate of former vice chancellor of Kashmir University and head of ICPS Padma Shree Late Dr. Riyaz Punjabi, he has been associates with International Centre for Peace Studies for a number of years. 

He joined Bharatiya Janata Party in 2014 and has been focussing on education and training of the youth of Kashmir. He has served as the first ever VC of prestigious Corporation Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC).  He is the author of They snatched my Playground.


Smruti S. Pattanaik

Dr Smruti S Pattanaik is a Research Fellow at the MP-IDSA. Her area of specialisation is South Asia. Dr Pattanaik has been a recipient of many international fellowships. She was a Visiting Asia Fellow (Asian Scholarship Foundation, Bangkok) at the Department of International Relations, Dhaka University in 2004 and follow-up grantee in 2007, researching on politics of identity in Bangladesh. She was a recipient of Kodikara Award in 1999 (RCSS, Colombo), a Post-doctoral Fellow at FMSH (Fondation Maison des Science de l’Homme), and was attached to the Centre for International Relations and Research (CERI, Science Po), Paris. She was selected to attend the Symposium on the East Asian Security (SEAS) Program conducted by the US State Department and USPACOM in 2011. She was a Visiting Fellow (September-October 2011) at the International Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), she was a Visiting Professor on ICCR’s India Chair at the University of Colombo for a semester. She is a member of MP-IDSA’s task force on neighboring countries and is coordinator of Pakistan project. She writes for the Daily Star and Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh) and is on the Editorial Board of MP-IDSA’s flagship journal, Strategic Analysis published by Routledge.


Miran Punjabi


Gurleen Kaur