Captain Himadri Das

Captain Himadri Das

Research Fellow

Areas of Research

  • Coastal and offshore security
  • Maritime terrorism
  • Piracy and armed robbery
  • Maritime Domain Awareness/ Information Sharing
  • Maritime Security
  • Maritime Security Law
  • Maritime Security Governance

Experience

Captain Himadri Das graduated from the Naval Academy, Goa and was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 July 1994. He is a Navigation and Direction (ND) specialist and has served onboard Indian Navy ships as Navigating Officer and with Indian Naval Air Squadron 300 as Direction Officer. The officer has also held instructional tenures at the Naval Academy, Navigation and Direction (ND) School, and as Staff Officer (ND) at Local Work Up Team (West). He has served at the Maritime Doctrine and Concept Centre (MDCC) of the Indian Navy and has been closely associated with the doctrinal development programme of the Indian Navy having steered as the lead author/ editor/ contributor to several doctrinal publications at the strategic, operational and tactical levels on a range of subjects, including the apex-level strategy document: Ensuring Secure Seas: Indian Maritime Security Strategy. Prior to joining NMF, he has served at the Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Navy) from April 2013 to August 2020.

Education

  • Phil in Defence and National Security Studies from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Dissertation titled ‘Strengthening Coastal Security of India: Policy Imperatives
  • MA (International Relations) from Annamalai University/ UGC National Eligibility Test (International and Area Studies)
  • Sc (Nautical Science & Tactical Operations) from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Maritime Laws from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Human Resource Management) from Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning
  • Diploma in Cyber Law from Asian School of Cyber Laws & Government Law College, Mumbai
  • Sc (Special) from Naval Academy (Goa)/ Goa University

Course Being Pursued

  • PhD (Defence and Strategic Studies) from Naval War College (Goa)/ Mumbai University, Mumbai. Thesis titled ‘Maritime Security Governance in India: Imperatives for Reform

Presentations

  1. “Legal Aspects of Coastal Security and Anti-Piracy” at Maritime Warfare Centre (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).
  2. “Coastal Security” at the GeoIntelligence Asia 2016 Conference organised by Geospatial Media + Communication at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida (2016).
  3. “Legal Framework for Maritime Security in India: Challenges for Indian Navy” at the Navigation and Operations Seminar (NAVOPS), Navigation and Direction School, Kochi (2016).
  4. “Protecting Ships Against Pirates and Stand-off Attacks” at the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS)-India Military Review (IMR) Seminar on ‘Force Protection India’ at DRDO Bhawan/ Maneckshaw Centre, New Delhi (2016, 2017, 2018).
  5. “Maritime Law and Challenges for a Commander at Sea” at Maritime Warfare Centre, Kochi (2017).
  6. “Maritime Security Governance for Coastal Security” at Gujarat National Law University (GNLU)-Gujarat Naval Area Seminar on ‘Coastal Security/ Port Security/ Marine Environment Protection/ Illegal Unregulated and Unrestricted Fishing’, GNLU, Gandhinagar (2018).
  7. “Maritime Terrorism and the Legal Framework” at the Maritime Warfare Centre (Kochi)-National Maritime Foundation Diamond Jubilee Seminar on ‘Maritime Law – Evolving Perspectives in Operations’, Maritime Warfare Centre,   Kochi (2018).
  8. “Workshop on Maritime Security Law” at Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC), Gurugram (2019).
  9. “Protecting Naval Assets against Attacks’ at the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS)-Indian Military Review Seminar on ‘Force Protection India 2019’ at Maneckshaw Centre, New Delhi (2019).
  10. “Maritime Governance and Challenges: A Perspective from India” at Maritime Information Sharing Workshop (MISW), Indian Ocean Region-Information Fusion Centre (IFC-IOR), Gurugram (2019).
  11. “Maritime Security Governance and Reform: A Perspective on India” at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), KK Birla Campus, Goa (2019).
  12. “Coastal Security” at Round Table Discussion (RTD) on Coastal Security at National Maritime Foundation (2019).
  13. “Coastal Security: A Perspective from India” at the Inaugural NMF-International Institute for Migration and Security Research (IIMSR) dialogue on ‘Maritime Security Challenges: Sharing Perspectives’, National Maritime Foundation (2019).
  14. “Peacetime Maritime Security Operations: The Legal Conundrum” at the Indian Navy Law Seminar on Integrating Maritime Law in Maritime Military Missions, Maritime Warfare Centre, Mumbai, 2019.

All Publications

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EXPANSION OF THE NATIONAL CADET CORPS IN COASTAL DISTRICTS: STRENGTHENING LOCAL CAPACITIES FOR MARITIME SECURITY

Author:  Introduction The genesis of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) is intricately linked to the India-Pakistan War of 1947-48.  The war highlighted the need for sufficient strength of reserves who could take up arms when required.  This found expression in the legislature (Constituent Assembly) through a demand for military training of the youth of the country.  […]
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COMMUNITY-ENGAGED MARITIME SECURITY: BEYOND ‘EYES AND EARS’

Author: In March 2018, as per media reports, Neil Basu, the Scotland Yard’s newly appointed Indian-origin Assistant Commissioner of Police responsible for counter-terrorism, launched a new campaign to urge the public to fight terrorism. According the report, of the nearly 31,000 reports made by the public in 2017, more than 6,600 (21.3 percent) resulted in ‘useful’ […]
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STRENGTHENING COASTAL SECURITY THROUGH COOPERATIVE FEDERALISM

Author: Tomorrow,  26  November  2016,  the  nation  will  observe  the  eight  anniversary  of  the ‘26/11’ Mumbai terrorist attacks. Precisely two months back on 26 September 2016, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) tabled its 2015 report on the General and   Social   Sector   (Government   of   Odisha)   in   the   State   Assembly.   The   report highlighted   that   the  […]
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UN SECURITY COUNCIL RENEWS MANDATE TO COMBAT PIRACY OFF SOMALIA: CALL FOR SUSTAINED INTERNATIONAL ACTION

Author: On  09  November  2016,  the  United  Nations  (UN)  Security  Council  unanimously adopted Resolution 2316 (2016), renewing authorisation for international naval forces to combat piracy off the Somali coast. The United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR)  comes days  after  the  announcement  by  the  European  Union  Naval  Force (EUNAVFOR), on 04 November 2016, of a confirmed attack […]

Indian Navy Doctrinal Publications

  • Strategic-level Doctrine: Core Team Ensuring Secure Seas: Indian Maritime Security Strategy
  • Operational-level Doctrine: Lead Author/ Doctrinal Development Officer for seven doctrines on diverse topics
  • Tactical-level Doctrine/ Publication: Lead Author/ Editor/ Contributor for six doctrines with a focus on Navigation and Direction

Indian Navy Publications

  • Seven articles in in-house journals/ publications of the Centre for Leadership and Behavioural Studies, Kochi; Navigation & Direction School, Kochi; and Signal School, Kochi.

Commander Himadri Das, “India’s Maritime Security Governance Challenges: A Decade after ‘26/11,’’ Maritime Affairs 14, No 2 (Winter 2018), DOI: 10.1080/09733159.2019.1565442

COASTAL SECURITY: POLICY IMPERATIVES FOR INDIA

Himadri Das, Coastal Security: Policy Imperatives for India (New Delhi: National Maritime Foundation, 2019)

Essay

Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Essay Competition (2013)2nd Prize: ‘Conventional Vs. Constabulary Roles: Where should the focus be for navies