The United Service Institution of India (USI), founded in 1870, is India’s premier national security and defence services think-tank. Its aim is the “furtherance of interest and knowledge in the art, science and literature of the defence services”. The Institution has niche expertise in the field of National Security, Geopolitics, International Relations, Military Diplomacy, Military Heritage, UN Peacekeeping, professional skill development and Atmanirbhar Bharat in defence technology.
The USI – Centre for Military History and Conflict Studies (CMHCS) encourages objective study of all facets of Indian military history with a special emphasis on the history of the Indian Armed Forces. It is the only centre of its kind dedicated to the study of Indian military history and the preservation of India’s military heritage. In addition, the Centre is active in the field of public diplomacy, commemoration and remembrance, development of military museums and conservation of military heritage, for which it collaborates with multiple global partners.
Pradeep Kumar Gautam (Retd) is a war veteran of 1971 (Bangladesh). He is an Honorary Distinguished Fellow at CMHCS. He has written extensively on environmental security, water, climate change, military affairs, and Tibet.He has authored edited chapters, articles and monographs on Kautilya’s Arthashastra, Kamandaka’s Nitishastra, and The Kural. He is the co-editor of three volumes of Indigenous Historical Knowledge: Kautilya and His Vocabulary. He is a subject matter expert for the College of Defence Management.