Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has reconstituted the National Security Advisory Board which is an important element of the National Security Council system. The NSAB is a multi-disciplinary body comprising persons of eminence from outside the Government with the principal function of providing long- term prognosis and analysis to the National Security Council and recommending solutions and policy options to the issues raised by them.
The seven new members of the reconstituted 23 member board are:
KS Bajpai, IFS (retd.) - chairman, former secretary, MEA, former Ambassador to China and the USA . Currently chairman Delhi Policy Group, an independent think tank.
Ms. Shyamala B Cowsik, IFS (retd.) former High Commisioner to Canada
Tarun Das, chief mentor, Confederation of Indian Industries (CIl)
HK Dua, editor-in-chief, The Tribune.
Dr. Prodipto Ghosh, IAS (retd.) former secretary, ministry of environment & forests, distinguished fellow, TERI
Ms. Sudha Mahalingam, member (distribution), Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board
Vice Admiral (Retd.) KK Nayyar, chairman, National Maritime Foundation.
The other existing members are:
Prof. Alka Acharya, JNU (expert on China)
Prof. N. Balakrishnan, associate director, Indian Institute of Science
Dr. PM Bhargava, former vice-chairman, National Knowledge Commission and founder and former director, CCMB, Hyderabad
Vice Adml (retd.) PS Das, PVSM, UYSM, VSM, former C-in-C, Eastern Naval Command
Prof. Rakesh Datta, professor & head, Department of Defence Studies, Punjab University
AS Dulat, former Secretary (R&AW)
VK Grover, IFS (retd.) former secretary, MEA.
Wasbir Hussain, political analyst and associate fellow, Institute for Conflict Management
Air Chief Mshl (retd.) S Krishnaswami, PVSM,AVSM, VM, former chief of air staff
Dr Rajiv Kumar, director, Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
K Raghunath, former Foreign Secretary
KV Rajan, IFS (retd.) former ambassador to Nepal and secretary, MEA.
N Ravi, Editor, The Hindu
Gen. (retd.) VN Sharma, PVSM, AVSM, former Chief of Army Staff
Dr. MR Srinivasan, former chairman, Atomic Energy Commission
SP Talukdar, former commissioner, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS)