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.

    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.

    Defending the Indefensible – Not the Army’s Policy

    March 21, 2021

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘Defending the Indefensible – Not the Army’s Policy’ has been published in Chanakya Forum on March 21, 2021.

    The article analyses the effect of recent scandals that hit the Indian Armed Forces - a question paper leak for recruitment of soldiers, and reports of officers and family members suspected to be part of malpractices in selection of officers at the Service Selection Centre in Kapurthala.

    Indian connection in UN leadership in China; opportunity for collaboration

    December 17, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘Indian connection in UN leadership in China; opportunity for collaboration’ has been published in ‘The Economic Times’, on December 17, 2020

    Appointments of such senior UN appointments in any country particularly China calls for a lot of negotiations, and the appointment of Siddharth Chatterjee who is not just an Indian citizen but a decorated Indian Army veteran is a positive step, writes. Col. Pillay.

    Targeted Killings: How Precedents can Become Practice

    Executing extra-territorial targeted killings to eliminate inimical people bent on wrecking death and destruction on Indian nationals and interests is an option India may explore more vigorously, within the confines of international law.

    December 10, 2020

    The story of India in the Korean War

    November 29, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘The story of India in the Korean War’ has been published in ‘The Korean Herald’ on November 29, 2020.

    The Korean War was, interestingly, the first commitment to a UN assignment by an independent India and the Indian Army. Our mission in Korea was a task that many did not think India would either be able to handle or deliver, because of its layered complexities and intrigue writes Col. Pillay.

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    Forgotten tales of valour and courage: Chivalry and courage at the Battle for Haifa

    September 24, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘Forgotten tales of valour and courage: Chivalry and courage at the Battle for Haifa’ has been published in 'The Economic Times', on September 24, 2020.

    The battle of Haifa, Israel, should be commemorated not just for the circumstances it was fought under but also for the impact it had on human history and progress, writes Col. Pillay.

    Raising the Indian flag in Pakistan: Story of an Indian Battalion

    August 15, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay's article 'Raising the Indian flag in Pakistan: Story of an Indian Battalion' has been published in 'The Economic Times' on August 15, 2020.

    The article is the story of an Indian Battalion trapped at Razmak in the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan -- a moment in Indian history that has largely been forgotten today.

    Geneva Conventions at 71: An in-depth look from the Indian perspective

    August 14, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘Geneva Conventions at 71: An in-depth look from the Indian perspective’ has been published in ‘The Economic Times’ on August 14, 2020.

    In recent human history the most significant developments in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law (IHL) happened when the world—exhausted by the barbarity of two World Wars—got together to frame the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and the Geneva Conventions (GC) of 1949 of 12 August 1949, writes Col. Pillay.

    How music influenced the War of Liberation of Bangladesh

    August 03, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA. Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article ‘How music influenced the War of Liberation of Bangladesh’ has been published in Daily ‘O’ on August 03, 2020.

    The Concert for Bangladesh was organised at Madison Garden in New York on August 1, 1971, by George Harrison and his mentor, Pt Ravi Shankar. It changed the way the world viewed events in East Pakistan, forcing the US government to notice and react, writes Col. Pillay.

    Thimayya of India-a Man for All Seasons

    July 31, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. D.P.K. Pillay’s article on General Thimayya, titled ‘Thimayya of India-a Man for All Seasons’ has been published in the ‘Salute’ Magazine on July 31, 2020.

    The article is an account of the sterling role played by General Thimayya as Chairman of the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission (NNRC) in Korea.

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