Soldiers receive education & experience at the highest level. How can their strategic expertise be leveraged in policymaking?

Mar 17, 2021

6 PM – 7:30 PM IST

About the event

Classical Soldier-State relations in modern interdependent society are not limited to conflicts and internal threats. The soldier is no longer a gun-wielding individual, whose singular and undisputed claim to allegiance is their willingness to lay down their life for the country.

Instead, a soldier’s strategic insight into development can help create national assets with a dual-purpose utility: for peace and for war. Be it space research, road infrastructure or spectrum sharing, all have military & civilian usages.

Time has come for a public policy intervention, where such a purposive duality is a necessity.

But, will the military thrive in such settings, when it is widely believed that military professionals are best suited when far removed from politics and policymaking?

Kautilya organized a panel discussion, where attendees heard multiple perspectives on the issue with our panelists.

About the panellists

Sridhar Pabbisetty

Founding Director,
Kautilya School of Public Policy


Col. (Retd) Mukul Saxena

Founding Professor,
Kautilya School of Public Policy

  • Alumnus of the prestigious National Defence Academy, Pune
  • PhD from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  • Master’s in Public Administration, Harvard University
  • LLM in Intl. Human Rights Law, University of Essex, UK


  • Young Indians, passionate about bringing about positive change and building India
  • Those aspiring to build a career in public life, public policy and administration, social sector, media, journalism and communications, politics, and other related fields
  • Academicians, researchers and journalists working in or following the fields mentioned above
  • Members of the Armed Forces, keen on building a life in the public sphere, or simply passionate about relations between the Soldier and the State