Madhav Das Nalapat is India’s first Professor of Geopolitics, Vice-Chair of the Manipal Advanced Research Group and UNESCO Peace Chair at the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations at Manipal University, India. Professor Nalapat is the philosopher and ideologue who has defined India’s new nationalism since the 1980’s, he believes in and promotes India as a Global Power, his mantra is “India First”.
A Gold Medalist in Economics from Bombay University his academic career began as a fellow of the Centre for Political Research in 1974. As Editor of the Mathrubhumi Daily and later as Editor at The Times of India he increased their respective circulations exponentially. He is the author of seven books, the latest being The Practice of Geopolitics.
Prof. Nalapat, an expert on religious extremism, national security, foreign policy and political strategy, is uniquely well informed and influential. He writes expertly on security, policy and international affairs, a regular analyst and commentator on geopolitical issues for global television channels, a respected correspondent on four continents contributing to the China Daily, Global Times, CNN Global Square, the Diplomat, The Pakistan Observer, Gateway House, Radio Free Europe, United Press International and many others. He is frequently quoted in the Huffington Post and The Times. In his current position as Editorial Director of The Sunday Guardian and NewsX Channel his revelations have been startling and changed the course of events.
Professor Nalapat’s original concepts include the India-China-Russia Trilateral Alliance (1983); Wahhabism as the main security threat of the future (1992); “Indutva,” or Indians as composites of Muslim, Hindu and Christian civilizations (1995); the concept of the proxy nuclear state (1999); the need in student curricula for a “horizontal” (rather than the traditional “vertical” or graded) view of different societies (2001); and the concept of an “Asian NATO” ( 2002); The Anglosphere and the blood of the mind (2010); The Arab Spring evolving into the Wahhabi Winter (March 2011).