D. Padma Kumar Pillay

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  • Col. (Dr) D.P.K. Pillay, SC is Research Fellow at IDSA New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.

    Against All Odds: The Forgotten Tales of Independent India's Tryst with Peacekeeping

    January 17, 2022

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘Against All Odds: The Forgotten Tales of Independent India's Tryst with Peacekeeping’ has been published in Volume 1, Edition 2022 of the Journal 'Blue Helmet Odyssey'.

    The article brings to light the almost forgotten chapter of one of the most successful peace keeping operations and India's role in it in Korea.

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    The Formation of the Indian Diaspora

    The Indian Diaspora is one of the world’s largest overseas groupings. The Diaspora is considered India's 30th state with over 30 million overseas Indians. This article outlines the main strands of its formation, from the first movement of indentured workers and subsequent phases of migration of skilled professionals to the West and of workers to the Persian Gulf. They remain the single–largest contributor of foreign exchange and development in the country. Understanding its formation is an essential step for studying the Diaspora and engaging with it. This article aims to do that.

    July 2021

    1971 War: What The World Needs To Learn From India’s Intervention In East Pakistan

    December 16, 2021

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘1971 War: What The World Needs To Learn From India’s Intervention In East Pakistan’ was published by India.com on December 16, 2021.

    In the context of the mindboggling persecution of Bengalis committed by the Pakistan army, India sheltered millions of refugees fleeing persecution in East Pakistan, says Col. Pillay.

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    Nagaland Killings: Blame Decades of Failed Politics, Not Just Army

    December 08, 2021

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘Nagaland Killings: Blame Decades of Failed Politics, Not Just Army’ has been published in The Quint, on December 08, 2021.
    In targeting only the Army, we are absolving those in power who failed to resolve the insurgency movement, says Col. Pillay.

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    Corporatisation of Ordnance Factories – Overcoming the “Last Great Problem”

    October 20, 2021

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘Corporatisation of Ordnance Factories – Overcoming the “Last Great Problem”’ has been published in the Chanakaya Forum on October 20, 2021.

    The corporatisation of OF was a long-drawn demand, however its success depends on the users, as well on the ability to make the indigenous entities capable of taking on the needs of the armed forces, says Col. Pillay.

    Beyond Corporatisation: The Road Ahead For Ordnance Units

    October 15, 2021

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K Pillay’s article ‘Beyond Corporatisation: The Road Ahead for Ordnance Units’ has been published in The Economic Times on October 15, 2021.

    The corporatisation of OF was a long-pending demand, however, its success depends on the users as well to make the indigenous entities capable on taking on the needs of the armed forces and truly ushers in an era of defence self-reliance under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat, says Col. Pillay.

    South Block Will No Longer Be Battlegrounds between Rats, Monkeys & Langurs

    September 17, 2021

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K Pillay’s article ‘South Block will no longer be battlegrounds between rats, monkeys & langurs’ has been published in 'The Economic Times' on September 17, 2021.

    Thimayya of India: A Man for All Seasons

    September 01, 2021

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘Thimayya of India: A Man for All Seasons’ has been published in ‘Arbit Today’ of Hindi Daily ‘Rashtradoot’ on September 01, 2021.

    One of the most loved generals of the Indian Army, General Thimayya is not only an Indian military hero, he is also a hero of the Korean War, says Col. Pillay.

    America’s Vaccine War

    May 23, 2021

    Research Fellow, MP-IDSA, Col. D.P.K Pillay's article 'America’s Vaccine War' has been published in Chanakya Forum on April 23, 2021.

    There are any number of good things the American leaders could be inspired to do for the rest of the world at this time that wouldn’t foster global enmity. They are the world’s only superpower and this selfish act to protect Americans first at the cost of the rest of the world seems even stranger when you see how rich America is compared to the rest of the world who they seek to deny the benefits of the vaccine, writes Col. Pillay.

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