D. Padma Kumar Pillay

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  • Col (Dr) D.P.K. Pillay is Research Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.

    Courage, sacrifice a way of life for Indian soldier

    February 26, 2024

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col DPK Pillay’s article ‘Courage, sacrifice a way of life for Indian soldier’ has been published in the 26 February-03 March 2024 issue of ‘The Blitz’.

    The British watched silently how hastily-drawn boundaries generated mayhem amongst communities that had found an uneasy equilibrium and harmony co-existing for centuries suddenly erupted into a communal frenzy, says Col Pillay.

    Detained Navy officials back safely from Qatar

    February 15, 2024

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col DPK Pillay’s article ‘Detained Navy officials back safely from Qatar’ has been published in BlitzIndia on 15 February 2024.

    The news of their release came as a huge relief for their families, who were informed after they boarded their flights back home, says Col Pillay.

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    4 Guards’ Stirring Saga of Courage and Sacrifice

    February 06, 2024

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col DPK Pillay’s Oped ‘4 Guards’ stirring saga of courage and sacrifice’ has been published in ‘The Tribune’ on 06 February 2024.

    The 4 Guards (1 Rajput) is one of those whose rank and file have proved their mettle time and again, challenging odds and human limits. It also has had the honour of providing India’s finest Generals, including the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Army, Gen (later Field Marshal) KM Cariappa, says Col Pillay.

    Maldives ministers’ anti-India remarks spark diplomatic row

    January 11, 2024

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘In deep water’ has been published by Blitz India Media on 11 January 2024.

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    Global Piracy on Decline, But New Threats Emerge

    December 28, 2023

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col D.P.K. Pillay’s perspective piece ‘Global Piracy on Decline, But New Threats Emerge’ has been published by Blitz India Media on 28 December 2023.

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    Creation of Bangladesh is enduring reminder of how the UN fails

    December 24, 2023

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col D.P.K. Pillay’ article ‘Creation of Bangladesh is enduring reminder of how the UN fails’ has been published in The Sunday Guardian on 24 December 2023. The article is about the use of Article 99 of the UN Charter by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Gaza. India's experience as the world turned a blind eye on the genocide in Bangladesh shows how the world operates—it is not on 'Just or Unjust' or 'Moral or Immoral' terms, says Col Pillay.

    Israel–Hamas Conflict: Between Legitimate Combat and Inadmissible Violence

    The complexity of the challenge in the Israel–Hamas conflict should not deter from the need to uphold humanitarian law and minimise the suffering of civilians by both the protagonists.

    November 28, 2023

    Israel isn’t the first to violate laws of war. But we owe Gaza an experiment in negotiations

    November 23, 2023

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col DPK Pillay’s article ‘Israel isn’t the first to violate laws of war. But we owe Gaza an experiment in negotiations’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 23 November 2023.

    The article describes the slippery slope between legitimate combat and inadmissible violence as seen in Gaza.

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    COVID-19 and Lessons from ‘Triple Lock’: COVID Containment Strategy of Kerala Police

    This Article reviews Kerala’s efforts to check the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) without additional expenditure or infrastructure and employing the state police forces. This was remarkable in the face of the fact that healthcare systems were stretched the world over and were struggling beyond capacity to treat the number of people affected by the virus. To add to the overstretched healthcare systems, there were reports of attacks on healthcare workers and facilities. The state of Kerala was among the first to report a coronavirus case in January 2020.

    March-April 2023

    Evolution of Indian Army the harbingers of change

    June 19, 2023

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col DPK Pillai’s article ‘Evolution of Indian Army the harbingers of change’ has been published in Blitz India on 19 June 2023.
    Exposure to wars in Europe brought a new awakening and confidence in Indian soldiers that they were ready to take on the world, and they did, says Col Pillay.

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