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Colonel Divakaran Padma Kumar (DPK) Pillay began his career as an Indian Army Officer. In 1994 he was grievously injured during a military incident in Manipur. Following this incident, he shifted his focus to become a researcher, aiming to better understand national security and sustainable development to improve the lives of Indian people just like those he had encountered in combat. Col. DPK Pillay is now a research fellow at the Institute of Defence Studies, a think tank for research in international relations based in New Delhi.

This podcast focuses on Col. DPK Pillay's 2018 research paper: 'Food Security in India: Evolution, Efforts and Problems'. DPK identified a lack of food security, and rising food prices, as a key factor in the unrest and conflict that he found himself in the centre of in 1994. So, in this paper he explores India's history with food security, tracing the problem to its root causes and discussing its impacts on the people of India.

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