Brig. Vijai K Nair (Retd). Dr. Nair an M Sc. in Defence Studies and a Ph. D. in Political Science. He specializes in Nuclear Strategy formulation and nuclear arms control negotiations. He has considerable experience on issues related to NPT, CTBT and FMCT. Dr. Nair is currently revising the nuclear strategy for India [in keeping with nuclear transience] suggested in his book “Nuclear India.” Besides two tenures of combat duty, in service experience includes being a Member Army Experts Committee - 1989-90; Core staff officer to the Committee on Defence Expenditure 1990.
He is the Life Trustee of the Forum for Strategic & Security Studies; and, Managing Director, Magoo Strategic Infotech Pvt Ltd. An information service providing daily news updates and analyses on “Nuclear Agenda’s”.
South Asia comprises all countries from Pakistan in the West; Afghanistan in the North; Myanmar to the East; and the Indian Ocean on the south. Countries that till recently, were ruled by colonial powers that imposed their own brand of governance in keeping with their interests rather than those of the native people. It was only as recently as the mid-20th century that these nations shed the colonial yoke and started to develop indigenous means of governance (monarchical, democratic, autocratic, or totalitarian) as behooved historical national systems. These countries fell into the category of ‘developing nations.’ Unlike the more advanced western colonial powers, the agricultural and industrial revolutions in South Asia came about simultaneously and as late as the mid-20th century accompanied by the phenomenal socioeconomic turbulence that affected governance and its evolution in the ‘developing nations.’
Consequently, these states assumed their sovereign responsibilities to develop the elements of national power in keeping with their specific national interests, manoeuvre through the politico-military Cold War minefield while retaining their newly acquired sovereignty, fend off the restraints of economic and technological colonialism that had been foisted on them by the developed world, generate structures, means and systems to hold their own in a nuclear environment and space era and, emerge as independent reckonable entities on the geopolitical map of the world.