NIAS Lecture: L’affaire Human Shield – What Does It Signfy? by Lt Gen Prakash Menon (Retd.), Lecture Hall, NIAS, 1130hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus

Bengaluru-560 012


International Strategic and Security Studies Programme

Invites you to a Lecture on





Lt Gen Prakash Menon (Retd.)

Adjunct Professor, NIAS


Chairperson: D Suba ChandranProfessor, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme,


Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 11:30 AM,  Lecture Hall, NIAS


Abstract: The Army’s use of a Kashmiri civilian as a human shield to facilitate the rescue of election officials from a stone throwing crowd has triggered the debate between means and ends while dealing with civilian protests taking place in the background of terrorism. That the Army backed by the government has justified the means raises several issues that require examination. The heart of the issue is the tension between tactical effectiveness and strategic impact. The talk will attempt to explore the strands of the tension.

About the speaker: Lt Prakash Menon (Retd) is an Adjunct Professor, NIAS.  He has PhD from Madras University for his thesis “Limited War and Nuclear Deterrence in the Indo-Pak context”. He has several published works to his credit and is also one of the co-authors of Non Alignment 2.0. He was visiting Fellow at the Nanyang Technological Institute, Singapore in 2014. He holds important portfolios, he was an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), New Delhi from Mar 2015-Mar 2017, Military Adviser, NSCS  from May 2011-Jul 2014, Commandant, National Defence College, New Delhi January 2010-December 2011, Commanded a Battalion (1994), Brigade (2001-02) and Counter Insurgency Force (2005-6) in Central, North and South Kashmir. He was Major General, General Staff, Northern Command, responsible for coordinating all operations in J&K. Served for nearly forty years in the Indian Army. He has civil qualification


For further information, please contact Prof. Rajaram Nagappa  <>

Tuesday, May 30, 2017