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”.
Kautilya’s Arthasastra is the oldest and most exhaustive recorded treatise on the governance and administration of a State. When studied in retrospect the relevance of India’s ancient strategic culture on modern India’s negotiating strategy in shaping its relationship with other states becomes quite apparent. Over the past four decades the means and ends of treaty negotiations, be they at the global, multilateral or bilateral level, are strongly laced with the essence of Kautilya’s concept of sovereignty that he propagated and codified twenty plus centuries ago.
To appreciate the linkages of the past with the present, one needs to read and understand the Arthasastra across its entire range and depth, covering statecraft in all its facets as each element that goes into harmonising State and Society is interconnected in a way that changes in any one generates an across the board ripple effect.