How Ajit Doval failed as the national security advisor

And why Brahma Chellaney should replace him.

Who is the second most powerful figure in the Indian government? If you answered Amit Shah, you are wrong. That position belongs to Ajit Doval, India’s national security advisor. In the hierarchy of the Indian state, the office of the NSA, inaugurated in the 1990s, has evolved into an institution that is second only in stature to the Prime Minister’s Office. Within its relatively short history, Doval—who was granted a second successive term with a promotion to the cabinet by the prime minister three years ago—has consolidated himself as the most predominant bureaucrat in India’s republican history.

What sets Doval …


Kapil Komireddi

Kapil is a journalist, book critic and author. His first book, Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India (2019), was published to critical and commercial acclaim in India, the UK and the US. He has written from South Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East—including Syria, Pakistan and Palestine—and his work appears, among other publications, in The New York Times, The Critic, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The Economist, TIME, CNN, The Guardian and Le Monde diplomatique. He is a frequent contributor to The Spectator and an international affairs panellist on Monocle24 radio.