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Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM and BAR, is one of India’s most decorated military officers. He retired in 2013 as the Military Secretary, after 40 years of service in the Indian armed forces. Prior to that, he had been specially inducted back to Srinagar to command the strategic 15 Corps to restore order when the three-year agitation in the streets went out of order. In his long career, he has served in Sri Lanka with the IPKF; in Punjab, during the heyday of militancy; in India’s North-eastern states, and in seven tenures of duty in Jammu & Kashmir. He also commanded his unit in Siachen Glacier. 



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Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain

J&K: Operation 'All Out' and Prospects for WinterIPCS Commentary, No. 5384, 26 October 2017

Handling J&K: What is Right and What More Needs To Be Done?IPCS Commentary, No. 5333, 31 July 2017

Evolving Situation in J&K: Summer 2017 (Part II)IPCS Commentary, No. 5299, 16 June 2017

Evolving Situation in J&K: Summer 2017 (Part I)IPCS Commentary, No. 5292, 7 June 2017

Evolving External Influence in Jammu and Kashmir (Part II)IPCS Commentary, No. 5270, 14 April 2017

Evolving External Influence in Jammu and Kashmir (Part I)IPCS Commentary, No. 5266, 12 April 2017

J&K: A Strategy is What May Still Be ElusiveIPCS Commentary, No. 5241, 6 March 2017

The Ominous Calm is both Good and Bad for J&KIPCS Commentary, No. 5213, 31 December 2016

An Opportunity to Bring Heart Back to KashmirIPCS Commentary, No. 5193, 28 November 2016

From South Kashmir to Uri: The Strategic ConnectIPCS Commentary, No. 5136, 23 September 2016

J&K: Communication Strategy is Key but First, Stabilise the StreetsIPCS Commentary, No. 5111, 22 August 2016

Governance & Strategic Communication: Keys to Stabilising J&KIPCS Commentary, No. 5042, 30 May 2016

Analysing International Intervention as a Concept TodayIPCS Commentary, No. 4946, 16 December 2015

  External Publications

Don’t Suspend Disbelief, Indian Express, 4 January 2018

Awantipora Attack: Local Suicide Squads, the New Twist in J&K Saga, The Quint, 03 January 2018

Shaming Pakistan for Terror Link Continues to Remain a Challenge, The Quint, 06 December 2017

Understanding Pervez Musharraf’s Newfound Love for India’s Most Wanted Hafiz Saeed, The Print, 03 December 2017

The ‘Missing’ Muslim Regiment: Without Comprehensive Rebuttal, Pakistani Propaganda Dupes the Gullible Across the Board, Times of India, 30 November 2017

9 Years After 26/11: Is a Major Attack in Offing?, The Asian Age, 27 November 2017

The Challenges of Securing Local Soldiers and Policemen in J&K, The Quint, 26 November 2017

9 Years After 26/11: Could Another Terror Strike Be in the Offing?, The Quint, 26 November 2017

Bandipur operation is an ominous sign for terrorists in J&K, The Print, 20 November 2017

The emerging ‘Quad’ in the Indo-Pacific, and how it can counter China, The Print, 14 November 2017

Lone wolf attacks: The threat to India is real, The Asian Age, 09 November 2017

After Doklam, More ‘Realism’ by China’s PLA?, The Asian Age, 03 November 2017

Divide Over the Army Building Bridges in Mumbai Reflects State of Civil-military Relations, The Print, 01 November 2017

Latitude: ISIS and its Future After the Defeat at Mosul, Times Now, 31 October 2017

Fake News May be a National Security Threat – 1965 War is Proof, The Quint, 30 October 2017

India-US Ties: Can’t Wish Away Pak Factor, The Asian Age, 23 October 2017

Army’s New Kashmir Challenge: Mob Violence After Braid Choppings, The Print, 23 October 2017

The Royal Trump Turnaround: Frustration is Rife, But No Need for Dismay, The New India Express, 21 October 2017

Uncertainty Over the Iran Nuclear Deal is Bad News for India, The Quint, 17 October 2017

Where is ISIS Headed? Just Link the Dots, The Asian Age, 14 October 2017

Pakistan, Storyteller, The Indian Express, 09 October 2017

In J&K, a Battle of Wits With ‘Fidayeen’, The Asian Age, 09 October 2017

JeM Targets BSF Camp in Srinagar, WION, 03 October 2017

Dropping the Annual Border Meeting: China Continues To Squirm After Doklam, Swarajya, 02 October 2017

India shouldn’t Hesitate to Strike Back at Pakistan if it has Adequate Evidence, The Print, 29 September 2017

Lessons from Singapore and Israel: Two Ends of India’s Friendship Arc, The New India Express, 24 September 2017

Lesson From Uri Attack, a Year on: Avoid Fortress Mentality, The Print, 18 September 2017

The Flood of Rohingya Refugees can Pose a Security Risk to India, The Print, 12 September 2017

India’s Combat Primer, Financial Chronicle, 02 September 2017

Lessons of Doklam to Prepare for the Future, The Asian Age, 01 September 2017

PM Modi’s Outreach to Kashmiris Needs To Become a Doctrine, The Print, 30 August 2017

Live To Fight Another Day: That is What the Mutual Withdrawal From Doklam Means, Swarajya, 29 August 2017

Change in Public Perception About Strategic Affairs Signals Arrival of a New India, The New India Express, 26 August 2017

Soldier Speak: How the Army Upholds Unity in Linguistic Diversity, The Quint, 12 August 2017

Pakistan’s ‘Friendly Terrorist’ Hafiz Saeed Wants a Political Makeover, The Print, 07 August 2017

There is No Military Solution in J&K, Separatist Finances Should have been Targeted Much Earlier, Times of India, 05 August 2017

Lashkar Chief Killing: Focus on the Big Fish, The Tribune, 02 August 2017

India, China Cannot Withdraw Without Some Loss of Face. And War is No Option, The New Indian Express, 29 July 2017

After the Attack on the Amarnath Yatra: Why Meghnad Desai is Both Right and Wrong on Kashmir, Times of India, 20 July 2017

Desh Deshantar: PLA Conducts Drills Near the Border... is There a Threat of Escalation?, Rajya Sabha TV, 18 July 2017

After Yatra Attack, Act With Maturity, Asian Age, 13 July 2017

Smoother Sailing for Top Brass, The Tribune, 13 July 2017

Outreach That Escaped Scrutiny, Indian Express, 08 July 2017

Mission Israel: India’s New Strategy Evolving, Asian Age, 06 July 2017

Modi in Israel, Redefines Ties, The Tribune, 05 July 2017

The J&K Police and Its Resilience, The Tribune, 21 June 2017

Anti-terror Jordan has a Message on Religious Pluralism, The New India Express, 18 June 2017

Infiltration, Best Countered, Indian Express, 18 June 2017

The Global War on Terror Seems Paralysed, Asian Age, 16 June 2017

Security Scan - Current Turmoil in Kashmir, Rajya Sabha TV, 08 June 2017

A Proactive Response to Kashmir Conflict?, The Tribune, 06 June 2017

Trump Must Play Pacifier Between Iran and Saudi Arabia, The New Indian Express, 04 June 2017

Major Gogoi and Farooq Dar – Grey is the Colour of Decision Making in Hybrid Conflicts Such as Kashmir, Times of India, 01 June 2017

In Hybrid Conflict, ‘Gain Some, Lose Some’ is a Virtual Norm, The New India Express, 27 May 2017

Threat in J&K is Beyond Street Turbulence, Asian Age, 12 May 2017

India Prime: Army Reintroduces 'Cordon and Search' in Kashmir and More, WION, 12 May 2017

Lt. Umar Fayaz's Death May Be a Turning Point in Kashmir, Rediff, 11 May 2017

Finally, A Return To Old Tactics, The Tribune, 08 May 2017

As Pak Strikes Again, Allow Indian Army to Act Quietly in Kashmir, The Quint, 03 May 2017

Sukma’s Lessons: A Lot Needs To Change, The Asian Age, 28 April 2017

4 Ways To Deal With the Kashmir Crisis, Rediff, 24 April 2017

On the Digital Front, Indian Express, 22 April 2017

Virtuosity: On Jingoism Surrounding Indian Army, CNN-News18, 22 April 2017

Polls in Conflict Zones: A Kashmiri Lesson, The Asian Age, 21 April 2017

The NDTV Dialogues: Kashmir, India-Pakistan, and the Way Ahead, NDTV, 16 April 2017

Security Scan - U.S Missile Attack on Syria, Rajya Sabha TV, 15 April 2017

Jadhav a Pawn as Pak Plays Mischief, The Asian Age, 12 April 2017

Dalai in Tawang: Test of India’s Will, Asian Age, 04 April 2017

Chadoora, a New Kashmir Tack, The Tribune, 04 April 2017

HR McMaster, New American NSA, is a High Calibre Military Intellectual and an Excellent Appointment by Trump, Times of India, 25 March 2017

What is ISIS Up To? Be Watchful..., The Asian Age, 22 March 2017

Security Scan - IS Attack on Kabul Hospital, Rajya Sabha TV, 17 March 2017

Why Tral Matters So Much, The Tribune, 16 March 2017

The Martyr-soldier From Kashmir, The Tribune, 27 February 2017

In Spite of the Faultlines, The Indian Express, 24 February 2017

General Rawat Knows the Challenges his Men Face, Rediff, 18 February 2017

Army Chief didn't Declare War on Kashmiris, But His Statement is To Guide Youth Out of Misperception: Syed Ata Hasnain, The Economic Times, 17 February 2017

Tackle Kashmir’s Winter of Discontent, The Asian Age, 17 February 2017

Keepers of the Faith: Indian Muslims Have a Unique Role To Play in Resolving Global Islam’s Crisis, Times of India, 16 February 2017

J&K Encounters: Rethink Anti-Terror Ops to Reduce Army Casualties, The Quint, 15 February 2017

Why does China Bat for Masood Azhar ?, The Tribune, 11 February 2017

Avalanche Deaths & the Kargil Syndrome, The Tribune, 30 January 2017

Changing the Centre of Gravity in Kashmir: Separatists Must Be Fought on the Plane of Ideas as Well, Times of India, 14 January 2017

J&K: How Lessons From Past Can Power Future, The Tribune, 13 January 2017

If General Bipin Rawat is To Be a Success He Must Learn How To Trust and Delegate Responsibility, Daily Mail, 03 January 2017

The Repeated Ambushes on Convoys of Security Forces in Pampore Need To Be Urgently Contested, Scroll, 23 December 2016

The Army Chief's Challenge, The Tribune, 20 December 2016

New Army Chief Has What the Govt Wants: Nuts-and-Bolts Experience, The Quint, 19 December 2016

Some Advice And a Word of Caution for the Next Army Chief, Rediff, 19 December 2016

Complex Conflict Zone, The Tribune, 17 December 2016

Who is Khalid Wani: A Militant’s Brother or Just Another Civilian?, The Quint, 16 December 2016

Message From Nagrota: India Must Be Ready for the Long Haul, Rediff, 1 December 2016

Nagrota Attack: Anti-Terror Training is the Chink in Army’s Armour, The Quint, 1 December 2016

Nagrota in Perspective: It is Just One of the Thousand Cuts by Which Pakistan Hopes to Bleed India, Times of India, 1 December 2016

To The Point : Implications & Consequences of Nagrota Terror Attack, India Today, 30 November 2016

Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa : Man for the New Season, Daily Excelsior, 29 November 2016

The ‘Chief’ Among Our Worries, Daily Excelsior, 25 November 2016

What Happens at the Line of Control?, The Tribune, 24 November 2016

'Isolation of Pak cannot Be a One-off Attempt; It Needs a Holistic Approach', Deccan Chronicle, 06 November 2016

LoC in Flames, Again, The Tribune, 02 November 2016

The Battle for Mosul and Its Fights, The Tribune, 21 October 2016

Desh Deshantar - 100 Days of Valley Lockdown: What's the Situation Now?, Rajya Sabha TV, 20 October 2016

Series of Attacks Post Uri, Is It Resurgence of Militancy in J&K?, The Quint, 12 October 2016

Honouring Faith and Secularism in the Armed Forces: Men Who Fight Together Must Pray Together, Times of India, 11 October 2016

Desh Deshantar-Surgical Strikes & Continuing Terror Attacks: Have They Been Effective in Past?, Rajya Sabha TV, 10 October 2016

Baramulla’s the Opening Shot: The Aftermath of the Kargil War is a Pointer to What to Expect Trom Pakistan Now, Times of India, 04 October 2016

Surgical Strikes & After, The Tribune, 1 October 2016

India Must Now Remain a Step Ahead of Pakistan, Times of India, 30 September 2016

How Would Pakistan Respond to India's Surgical Strike?, India Today, 30 September 2016

India’s World: How Effective is India’s diplomatic Response to Pakistan, Rajya Sabha TV, 27 September 2016

Avoid Knee Jerk Reaction: Any Response To Uri Must Combine Diplomatic and Military Domains, Be Well Thought Through, Times of India, 22 September 2016

The Uri Attack is a Wake-up Call for the Strategic Security Community, Hindustan Times, 20 September 2016

A Threshold Crossed in Uri, The Tribune, 19 September 2016

Army’s Task in Kashmir: Restoring Order, The Tribune, 15 September 2016

Is It Time To Lift AFSPA From Parts of Kashmir?, India Today TV, 27 July 2016

What is the Real Story in Turkey, News18 Blogs, 22 July 2016

An Understanding Of Islam Is Mandatory, Outlook Magazine, 18 July 2016

An Old New Militancy, Indian Express, 14 July 2016

Urgency To Re-engage Youth, The Tribune, 13 July 2016

'Stop Eulogising Terrorists', India Warns Pak: The Burhan Wani Aftermath, NDTC Debate, 11 July 2016

ISIS Retreat in Iraq, Times Now Debate Show, 02 July 2016

The National Highway: The Kashmir Valley's death trap, Rediff News, 29 June 2016

Ultras Not Gaining Upper Hand in J&K, Tribune India, 28 June 2016

The Many Shades of Violence, Tribune India, 22 June 2016

The How and Why of Normalcy in Kashmir, News18 Blogs, 20 June 2016

Pulgaon Disaster: On a Short Fuse, Times of India Blogs, 14 June 2016

India-US Strategic Partnership : Is It The Full Monty This Time?, News18 Blogs, 9 June 2016

Joint Training - How it Enhances Value of India's Military Diplomacy, Defence & Security Alert, 9 June 2016

Consolidating Diplomacy: The Modi Round Robin, News18 Blogs, 05 June 2016

Pakistans National Psyche: The Missing Self Esteem, Swarajya, 31 May 2016

J&K: Preparing for Approaching Pitfalls, The Tribune, 31 May 2016

The US About Turn on F-16s For Pakistan: Is it For Real?, News18 Blogs, 30 May 2016

A consensus against ISIS appears quite impossible, IBN Live, 01 February 2016

The Saudi conundrum, IBN Live, 25 January 2016

Maverick Pakistan: Army leading it to oblivion, IBN Live, 13 January 2016

JFR Jacob (1923-2016): Farewell Jakes . . ., Swarajya, 13 January 2016


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