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Perspectives on Professor Chari
  • Ruhee Neog, IPCS : Prof Chari observed his surroundings very keenly, and always seemed ... read more
  • Professor Kanti P Bajpai, National University of Singapore: I can hardly believe it. It is hard ... read more
  • Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy, IPCS : One time, at a workshop in Sri Lanka, Prof Chari saw me ... read more
  • Ambassador Salman Haidar, President, IPCS : Chari and I were batch-mates, joining the ... read more
  • Dr Amit Gupta, USAF Air War College : Mr Chari was more than a scholar. He was, to use an ... read more
  • Ambs Teresita and Howard Schaffer, US: Howie and I were shocked to receive the terrible ... read more
  • Rose and Ambassador Eric Gonsalves : It is difficult to covey completely the quantum of ... read more
  • Tanvi Kulkarni, formerly of the IPCS : Every time I would get an email from Prof Chari ... read more
  • Sonali Huria, National Human Rights Commission : I was fresh out of University when I joined ... read more
  • Professor Stephen P Cohen, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution : Ranga was a key figure... read more
  • Kripal Singh Rawat, former Accountant, IPCS : Once when we were working on a budget... read more
  • Professor Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema, National Defence University, Pakistan : His departure is ... read more
  • Dr Jabin T Jacob, Assistant Director and Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies : Mr Chari ... read more
  • Michael Krepon , Co-Founder & Senior Associate, The Stimson Center : Chari helped introduce ... read more
  • Prof Vyjayanti Raghavan , Korean Studies, JNU : I had two relationships with Mr Chari ... read more
  • Lydia R Walker , PhD Candidate, Department of History, Harvard University : Prof Chari was a ... read more
  • Major Gen Dipankar Banerjee , Co-Founder, IPCS : What do you say when a friend ... read more
  • Dr R Radhakrishnan , Assistant Professor, Symbiosis International University, Telangana : At an ... read more
  • Ambassador TP Sreenivasan : Prof PR Chari was one of those ... read more
  • TCA Srinivasa-Raghavan : Mr Chari, or Ranga, was my brother-in-law... read more
  • Strobe Talbott, President, Brookings Institution : I was saddened to learn of the passing ... read more
  • Amb Sudhir Devare : It was only last week there was a discussion at the IPCS... read more
  • Onkar Marwah, IAS : I first met Prof PR Chari when all of us ... read more
  • Dr Teshu Singh, IPCS : At IPCS I have had many discussions with Mr PR Chari ... read more
  • Joerg Wolff : I had the good fortune to come in contact with Prof. PR Chari ... read more
  • Dr. Sonika Gupta, IITM: PR Chari: A True Mentor ... read more
  • Arpit Rajain, former Research Officer IPCS : Prof PR Chari was my first... read more
  • Prof Salma Malik, Assistant Professor, Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan : My first interaction with... read more

About Professor P.R. Chari
Professor P. R. Chari
(1935- 2015)

Professor P.R. Chari was a former member of the Indian Administrative Service (1960 batch/Madhya Pradesh Cadre). He served in several senior positions in the Central and State Governments, and sought voluntary retirement in 1992 after 32 years in the Government. During the course of his official career he served two spells (1971-75 & 1985-88) in the Ministry of Defence. His last position there was Additional Secretary. He retired from the position of Vice-Chairman (Chief Executive) of the Narmada Valley Development Authority.

On the academic side he was Director, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses New Delhi (1975-80); International Fellow, Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University (1983-84); Visiting Fellow, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1998); Research Professor, Centre for Policy Research (1992-96); Co-Director and Director of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) New Delhi (1996-2003). He worked extensively on nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and Indian security issues.

He published over 1400 op-ed articles in newspapers/web sites and over 130 monographs and major papers in learned journals/chapters in books abroad and in India. He lectured extensively and held seminars in India and abroad including the National Defence College and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, Asia Society (New York), Brookings Institution, Henry L. Stimson Centre, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, US Institute of Peace, and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (all in Washington), CISAC (Stanford), Centre for Non-Proliferation Studies (Monterey), Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (Livermore), All Souls College (Oxford), International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), and Peace Research Institute (Bradford).

He served as a Research Professor at the IPCS till 24 July 2015.

His presence, insight and guidance is deeply missed.

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