The Western Command Army has recently launched a think tank on Defence and Strategic Affairs and named it Gyan Chakra, meaning the circle of Knowledge. The think tank will be responsible for the veterans to carry out research work on various strategic and national security issues.
PRO Defence Lt. Col Manish Mehta said that there are many veterans who are wonderful writers and are subject matter experts in their own domain, and they must document the facts immediately. He further said, “Western Command in a new path breaking initiative has launched a Defence and Strategic Affairs Think Tank aptly named Gyan Chakra. There are a large number of defence veterans who have settled n the Tri City.” The veterans didn’t have have any outlet to pursue their research and make use of their intellectual capacity in an organized manner, till date. This think tank, according to Manish Mehta, will provide the required platform to these veterans.
He further said, “There are a number of Strategic Affairs Think Tanks like United Service Institution, Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, Centre for Land Welfare Studies, Vivekananda International Foundation, Observer Research Foundation etc. active in the National Capital Region but the remaining portion of Northern India is devoid of any such institution.”
The think tank will attract various strategic thinkers, defence analysts, scholars and academicians which will further give them the platform to deliberate on various strategic and national security issues. It will provide basic facilities like library, internet, research, round table discussions and lectures and seminars from subject specific scholars. On a nominal subscription fee, the veterans of the Tri-City will be allowed to be a member of the think tank.