Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan (Retd)
VICE ADMIRAL M.P.MURALIDHARAN, AVSM &BAR, NM (Retd), Former Member Armed Forces Tribunal , Former Director General Indian Coast Guard 1. Vice Admiral M.P.Muralidharan, an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 1975. He is a specialist in Navigation and Direction and also holds a post graduate degree in Defence Studies. In a career of almost four decades, the Admiral has held several key Operational and Staff appointments. He has commanded three warships including the Guided Missile Destroyer Ranvijay and has been Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet and Principal Director of Naval Operations at the Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Navy).He was also Directing staff at Defence Services Staff College (Wellington), Naval Assistant to the Chief of the Naval Staff and Naval Attaché, at the Embassy of India, Moscow. 2. On elevation to Flag Rank, as Rear Admiral he was the Flag Officer Sea Training at Kochi, Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command at Mumbai and also held the operational appointment of the Flag Officer Commanding, Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area. On promotion to Vice Admiral, he became the first commandant of the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala. Subsequently, he became the Chief of Personnel at Naval Headquarters prior to taking over as the 19th Director General of the Indian Coast Guard from where he retired in Feb 2013. 3. As the Director General Indian Coast Guard, he was a member of various institutional and governmental committees, which included Director on the Board of Goa Shipyard Ltd and Invitee to the Meetings of the Defence Procurement Board and Defence Acquisition Council. He was also Chairman of numerous Coordination Committees at the national level, which included the Offshore Security Coordination Committee (OSCC), National Oil Spill and Disaster Contingency Plan (NOSDCP) and National Maritime Search and Rescue (NM-SAR) Board. 4. Post retirement, the Admiral was appointed by the President of India as a Member of the Armed Forces Tribunal at its Regional Bench at Kochi, an appointment equivalent to a sitting Judge of a High Court. During his tenure of four years, the Admiral authored nearly 500 judgments which included some land mark decisions. Apart from the Bench at Kochi, he also sat on the Regional Benches of the Tribunal at Guwahati, Mumbai and Jaipur. 5. He has keenly pursued numerous scholastic avenues during his career in conjunction with his primary responsibilities. He has been a contributor to Armed Forces journals and periodicals and has been a speaker and panellist at various Seminars and Conferences. These include, among others, the National Defence College, New Delhi, College of Defence Management, Secunderabad and National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi. He is also a member of various strategic study societies and institutions such as the National Maritime Foundation, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and United Service Institution of India. 6.The Admiral was awarded the Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM) twice by the President of India and is also a recipient of the Nao Sena Medal (NM).
Dr. Radhika Seshan
Dr. Radhika Seshan retired as Professor and Head of the Department of History, Savitribai Phule Pune University, in August 2019. She is now Visiting Faculty, Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts, Pune. Her area of specialization is Medieval Indian History, within which she has concentrated on economic history, especially maritime and urban history. She is the author of three books, Trade and Politics on the Coromandel Coast (Primus Books, 2012), Ideas and Institutions in Medieval India, 8th to 18th centuries (Orient BlackSwan, 2013), and The Constructions of the East in Western Travel Narratives, 1300-1800 (Routledge, 2020). In addition, she is the editor /joint editor of 8 books, of which the most recent, jointly edited with Professor Rila Mukherjee, is Indian Ocean Histories: The Many Worlds of Michael Naylor Pearson (Routledge, 2019/20). She has numerous research papers to her credit in national and international journals.
Kurush F Dalal has a BA in Ancient Indian History and History from the University of Mumbai), an MA in Archaeology as well as a PhD on the early Iron Age in Rajasthan, both from Deccan College, Pune University. Subsequently he shifted focus to the Early Medieval Period predominantly on the West Coast of India and excavated the sites of Sanjan, Chandore and Mandad. These excavations and the data recovered have had a strong impact on scholarship in the region. The recent Mandad excavations have revealed a brand new hitherto unknown Indo-Roman Port site with antecedents going back even further. Dr Dalal also actively works on Memorial Stones and Ass-curse Stones in India and dabbles in Numismatics, Defence Archaeology, Architecture, Ethnoarchaeology and allied disciplines. He is the Co-Director of the Salcette Explorations Project, a massive Urban Archaeology Project documenting the Archaeology of Mumbai since 2015, thus extending his interest from the Medieval into the Colonial Period. He has published over 35 papers and has read many more at National and International Seminars. He is a visiting lecturer at various Universities, Colleges, Schools and Government Institutions. He taught archaeology and allied subjects at the University of Mumbai for 10 years. Since October 2019 he is Consulting Editor with Live History India and since September 2021, he is the Director of the INSTUCEN School of Archaeology. He continues to research Archaeology and Culinary Anthropology.
Ambassador (retd) Yogendra Kumar
Brief CV of Ambassador (retd) Yogendra Kumar Ambassador Yogendra Kumar retired from the Indian Foreign Service in 2012 in the rank of Secretary to the government of India. At the time of his retirement, he was Indian Ambassador to the Philippines, with concurrent accreditation to the Pacific island countries of Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. He has, earlier, been High Commissioner to Namibia and Ambassador to Tajikistan (2000-03) during which period he also handled Afghanistan affairs. He has served on the faculty of the National Defence College and, in the Ministry of External Affairs, he has handled multilateral organisations/dialogues such as G8-G5 Dialogue, ASEAN, EAS, IBSA, IORA etc. Since retirement, he has been writing and speaking on foreign policy and security affairs. His book, ‘Diplomatic Dimension of Maritime Challenges for India in the 21st Century’, has been published in 2015 by the Pentagon Press. He has edited and contributed to the book, ‘Whither Indian Ocean Maritime Order?’, containing presentations/articles by eminent security and foreign service experts at a seminar organised by him in November, 2016, on Prime Minister’s landmark speech on Indian Ocean policy. Published by Knowledge World in 2017, this book was presented by the Indian delegation to the participating delegations, headed by their respective heads of state/government, at the First Indian Ocean Rim Association Leaders’ Summit in Jakarta in March, 2017. In 2020, Routledge have published his book, ‘Geopolitics in the Era of Globalisation: Mapping an Alternative Global Future’, in US, Europe and South Asia editions. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
REAR ADMIRAL KRISHNA SWAMINATHAN
REAR ADMIRAL KRISHNA SWAMINATHAN, AVSM, VSM FLAG OFFICER OFFSHORE DEFENCE ADVISORY GROUP Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, AVSM, VSM assumed charge as Flag Officer Offshore Defence Advisory Group and Advisor Offshore Security and Defence to the Government of India on 26 Feb 21. Commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 87, Admiral Swaminathan is a specialist in Communication and Electronic Warfare and an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla; the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, United Kingdom; the College of Naval Warfare, Karanja; and the United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. A recipient of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal, the Admiral has held several key operational, staff and training appointments in his naval career including the command of five frontline ships: missile vessels INS Vidyut and Vinash; missile corvette INS Kulish; guided missile destroyer INS Mysore; and the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. On promotion to the Flag rank, he served as the Chief Staff Officer (Training) at Headquarters Southern Naval Command, Kochi and played a key role in the conduct of all training in the Indian Navy. He was also instrumental in raising the Indian Navy Safety Team that oversees operational safety across all verticals of the Navy. He thereafter headed the work up organisation of the Navy as the Flag Officer Sea Training. Prior to assuming his current assignment, he tenanted the hugely prestigious and challenging appointment of Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet. Admiral Swaminathan’s educational qualifications include a BSc degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; a PG Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from Xavier Institute of Management, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai; MSc in Telecommunications from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi; MA in Defence Studies from King’s College, London; MPhil in Strategic Studies from the Mumbai University; and PhD in International Studies from the Mumbai University.
Dr. Uttara Sahasrabuddhe
Dr. Uttara Sahasrabuddhe Dr. Uttara Sahasrabuddhe is Professor of International Relations, Department of Civics & Politics, University of Mumbai. She is a visiting Instructor and member of a panel of evaluators for the Naval War College, Goa and has been Visiting Instructor to the Army War College, Mhow. Dr. Uttara Sahasrabuddhe is the recipient of the Asia Fellowship, awarded by Asian Scholarship Foundation, Bangkok, under which was a Visiting Fellow to the Centre for International & Strategic Studies, Jakarta, Indonesia in 2008; also the recipient of Asia Fellowship Collaborative Grant in 2010. She is also Board Member of editors of Asian Politics and Policy, published by Wiley Blackwell. She was invited by the European Commission to Brussels, Belgium in April 2010, as an Evaluator for the 7th Framework Research Programme of the European Union. Currently, Dr. Uttara Sahasrabuddhe is Member of Global India, a Horizon 2020 funded European Training Network and Member of International Advisory Board, GLOBE - Global Governance & the European Union.
Vice Admiral B. Kannan (Retd)
Bio Data of Vice Admiral B. Kannan (Retd), Age 68 Vice Admiral Kannan (Retd) completed his BE in Electronic Engineering from College of Engineering , Trivandrum in 1973, whereafter he joined Indian Navy . He subsequently did his M Tech from IIT Mumbai and his MBA from Jamanalal Bajaj Institute, Mumbai He held many varied appointments in the Indian Navy pertaining to Indigenisation , QA , DRDO projects etc. He was also Programme Director of India’s Nuclear Submarine Project for nearly 04 years, during which INS Arihant was launched. He retired from the Apex post of “Chief of Materiel” for Technical Officers in the Indian Navy. During his 40 years of Naval Service he was conferred with three Presidential Awards, viz VSM, AVSM and PVSM for his distinguished service. After retirement he worked in the corporate sector as MD & CEO of L&T’s Shipbuilding Company at Chennai for 05 years. Presently he has settled down at Coimbatore .