NIAS Wednesday Discussion-Dr. Prakash Panneerselvam will speak on “What do winning and victory mean in the War?”

NIAS Wednesday Discussion


Topic:              “What do winning and victory mean in war?”                        


Speaker:            Prakash Panneerselvam 

                          Assistant Professor, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, NIAS 



Chairperson:     Amit Mukherjee

                          Assistant Professor, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, NIAS


Date:                 17th November 2021 


Time:                 4.00 PM 


Venue:              Lecture Hall, NIAS 


All are cordially invited


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Abstract: The ongoing military stand-off between India and China in the Himalayas has generated lots of discussion and debate in both countries, about the nature and changing characteristics of warfare in the 21st century. The newspaper columns are filled with experts' opinions about the military capabilities of the Chinese People's Republic of Army (PLA) and Indian Army warfighting capacity in the heights of Himalaya. The television debates raise questions of whether India can win a war with China or is victory possible in the armed conflict between the two major nuclear powers? The security situation along the border area, however, calls for greater concern. At the same time, this problem has a huge theoretical component that the defence and security professionals have only recently begun to address. The concept of victory is the biggest challenge to the national security professionals, who have been studying warfare. Fundamental questions like what is victory and how it happens, or who decides winners or losers, pose a major challenge to scholars studying the warfare of the 21st century. In fact, managing perceptions become a valuable component in defining the winner in the wars of today. The main focus of this talk will touch upon the characteristics of winning and how the politicisation and shaping of public perceptions play an important role in defining the winner and victory in a war. 


About the speaker: Prakash Panneerselvam is an Assistant Professor with the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bengaluru. He holds a doctorate in Japanese Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was the first Visiting Fellow to the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Staff College in Tokyo, Japan. He is a recipient of a Japan Foundation Fellowship (2011) and an Okita Memorial Fellowship (2008). Prakash is a trained merchant mariner with the Poompuhar Shipping Corporation Ltd. Prior to joining NIAS, he worked with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in their Defence and Aerospace Sector, where he worked with a committee of experts for amendments of DPP 2013 and the formulation of policy frameworks for defence procurement procedures. Prakash was also part of a CII-Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) committee in identifying industry partners for T-72 Engine upgrades, coordinated for the overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association (HIDA) Training Programme for Aircraft Industry for India in Japan. Presently, Prakash is a member of the Research Committee of Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI), Bengaluru. 



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For further info, please contact Prof Anindya Sinha [ or] or Shri K S Rama Krishna [], Coordinators of the NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021