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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, 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
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s article ‘Behind China's Space Ambitions, A Battle For Tech Supremacy’ has been published in Strategic News Global.

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      November 28, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s article ‘How ISRO handled the pandemic’ has been published in ‘The Space Review’ on November 09, 2020.

      Over the years, ISRO has clearly identified its tasks for social, scientific, strategic, and commercial sectors. The ongoing pandemic could force a reassessment of some of their priorities, but this pause in launches is simply unaffordable. There could be challenges, of course, but still the show must go on, writes Gp. Capt. Lele.

      November 09, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s commentary ‘Artemis Accords: Unilateralization In Space’, co-written with former Policy Analyst, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Shri V. Gopalakrishnan, has been published by Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC) on October 24, 2020.

      October 24, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s article ‘The forthcoming 2+2 India-US deliberations: Here’s what to look forward’ has been published in ‘The Financial Express’ on October 23, 2020.

      October 23, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt Ajey Lele’s commentary ‘Venus: Science and Politics’ has been published by ‘The Space Review’ on September 21, 2020.

      The recent discovery indicating the possibility of life in the atmosphere of Venus is very exciting news for the scientific community. One can expect that now more research regarding Venus and its atmosphere will be funded, including missions by NASA and other space agencies, writes Gp. Capt. Lele.

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      September 21, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow MP-IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s commentary ‘Mars race rhetoric’ has been published in ‘The Space Review’ on August 03, 2020.

      Nations would go to Mars only when they have clarity about their scientific focus and have capacity (both technical and economic) to develop spacecraft for such purposes. It is highly unlikely that, in the 21st century, nations will race against each other to conquer Mars, writes Gp. Capt. Lele.

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      August 03, 2020
      IDSA News
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