Squadron Leader RTS Chhina (Retd), MBE

Squadron Leader Rana T.S. Chhina served in the Indian Air Force as a helicopter pilot. He is currently Director of the United Service Institution of India (USI) Centre for Military History and Conflict Studies. The author of a number of books, he was Vice President of the Indian Military Historical Society (2004-2020), and a member of the Government of India’s Archival Advisory Board. He is a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Independent Advisory Panel and is actively engaged in promoting the preservation of India’s rich tangible and intangible military heritage. A recipient of the Macgregor Medal for best military reconnaissance, he was appointed an Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2016 and an Officer of the Belgian Order of Leopold in 2018.

Dr Archna Tyagi

She is a Doctorate in History with around 20 years of working experience in the government and other varied fields which has given her a very good understanding of functioning of varied sectors, in both governmental and non-governmental setup. In her last appointment, she was the Senior Consultant at the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), an autonomous body under the Ministry of External Affairs. She has been a part of several committees for different projects and has created complex RFP for procurement of different services as per the government norms. Her past portfolios have included the task of dealing with various stakeholders across the nation, creating budgets, introducing and implementing programmes, conducting seminars, conferences and other meetings of national importance. She has the experience of conceptualizing and managing programs/ projects in diverse fields.

Cdr Bhavna Salaria (Retd)

Cdr Bhavna Salaria (Retd) is a Senior Research Assistant at the Centre for Military History and Conflict Studies (CMHCS), USI. She is an alumnus of INS, Mandovi (erstwhile Naval Academy). She is from Logistics cadre and served The Indian Navy for 14 years. Post retirement she has worked with PSU and a Start Up Co. thus, have vast experience tenanting varied appointments. She is a Gold Medalist in her Bachelors and has done her Masters in Business Administration. Following her passion for dance ,she is presently pursuing Bachelors in 'Kathak' from Prayagraj University.

Rittuporna Chatterjee

Rittuporna Chatterjee is a Project Assistant at the Centre for Military History and Conflict Studies, USI for the Indian Military Heritage Festival. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in International Politics, from the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University on the topic 'Politics of Representation in War Memorials of India'. She is associated with USI-CMHCS as a Research Personnel for a project in collaboration with CWGC on the Non-Commemoration of Indian Soldiers for the First and Second World Wars. Her research interests are Post-Independence Wars in India, Theorisation of Wars, War Memorials in India, War and Representation.