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  • Ajey Lele

    Senior Fellow
    Email: 
    ajey.lele@gmail.com
    Phone: 
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Group Captain (Retd.) Ajey Lele is Senior Fellow in the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and heads its Centre on Strategic Technologies. He started his professional career as an officer in the Indian Air Force in 1987 and took early retirement from the service to pursue his academic interests. He has a Masters degree in Physics from Pune University, and Masters and MPhil degrees in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University. He has done his doctorate from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. His specific areas of research include issues related to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Space Security and Strategic Technologies. He has contributed articles to various national and international journals, websites and newspapers. He has authored six books and has also has been an editor for six books. He is a recipient of K. Subrahmanyam Award (2013) which is conferred for outstanding contribution in the area of strategic and security studies.

    Statement at the 22nd Session of the Conference of States Parties (CSP-22) to the Chemical Weapons Convention.
    Ajey Lele at CTC 2017

    Select Publications

    • Senior Fellow, MP-IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele's commentary 'Allopathy and Ayurveda: Need for an Informed Debate', has been published by the Society for the Study for Peace and Conflict (SSPC) on June 03, 2021.

      Undeniably, at this point, to save human lives, allopathy is a necessary form of medication available. This is the time to have an informed debate on this issue and expose the people who deviously use India’s cultural ethos and traditional Indian medicinal system to suit their agenda, writes Gp.Capt. Lele.

      June 03, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele's article, 'Allopathy-Ayurveda Debate: Allow Science to grow scientifically', has been published in The Financial Express on June 1, 2021.

      The Allopathy-Ayurveda debate teaches us that having knowledge of history and getting stuck in history are two different things. It is important not to burden India’s scientific community with the baggage of our past unnecessarily, writes Gp. Capt. Lele.

      June 01, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp.Capt. Ajey Lele's article, 'Should India join China and Russia’s Lunar Research Station?', has been published in The Space Review' on June 01, 2021.

      Nations like India need to take the initiative to ensure fairness in the arena of distribution of planetary resources, writes Gp. Capt. Lele.

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      June 01, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele's article, 'Chinese rover Zhurong lands on Mars: The meaning of China’s red plant success' has been published in The Financial Express on May 23, 2021.

      Next window for visiting Mars would be available during 2022. It is not known if India could be using this window for the second mission to Mars. Let us hope that India would not remain a ‘one mission wonder’ as far as conquering the red planet is concerned, writes Gp. Capt. Lele.

      May 23, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, MP-IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele's article, 'China and Mars Mission Tianwen-1' has been published by the Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC) on May 17, 2021.

      The success of Tianwen-1/ Zhurong is not an isolated success for China's space programme, writes Gp. Capt. Lele.

      China and Mars Mission Tianwen-1 | Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (sspconline.org)

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      May 17, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s book "Quantum Technologies and Military Strategy", has been published by Springer publications

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      May 07, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s commentary ‘India’s foray into the commercial space market’ has been published by The Space Review’ on March 01, 2021.

      Countries like India have expertise and infrastructure when it comes to space industry and space economics, but is on the periphery of this movement today. To emerge as a major player in the global space market, India needs to think big, writes Gp. Capt Lele.

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      March 02, 2021
      IDSA News
      • Publisher: Rupa
        2021
      An introduction to ISRO, the organization that took India to space.

      The end of colonial rule was an important milestone worth celebrating, but what lay ahead was a long journey towards the making of modern India. The narrative of ‘modern India’ would be incomplete without the stories of institutions that helped shape India as we know it today.

      This volume, part of a series on Institutions that Shaped Modern India, offers an in-depth introduction to one such institution—the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It tells the story of ISRO from its inception to present times. Capturing its history and its evolution, dotted with several achievements and some setbacks,  and offering deep insights into ISRO’s key projects—past, present and future—the book  is an ode to an institution that has been at the steering wheel of India’s journey into space and has played a seminal role in nation-building.

      • ISBN: 978-93-90356-56-0,
      • Price: ₹. 395/-
      Book
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt Ajey Lele’s book ‘Institutions That Shaped Modern India: ISRO’ has been published under Rupa Publications.

      January 22, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s Commentary, ‘Twitter Ban on President Trump: Opportunity for Introspection’ has been published by Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC), on January 12, 2021.

      The commentary analyses the business monopoly of social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and others, and their control over global digital content.

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      January 12, 2021
      IDSA News
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