Jammu and Kashmir Today
On 21 August, the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) hosted Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain, Member, IPCS Governing Council, and former GOC, 15 Corps, Srinagar for a talk on 'Jammu and Kashmir Today'.
The talk was followed by a Q&A with the audience and took place from 1500-1700 hrs in the IPCS Conference Room.
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM and BAR, is Member, Governing Council, IPCS, and former GOC, 15 Corps, Srinagar. 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. He conceived and operationalised the “Hearts Doctrine” which focused on people as the centre of gravity in Kashmir. He has also served with the UN in Mozambique and Rwanda. He is an alumnus of the Royal College of Defence Studies, London, as well as King's College, University of London.