Professor Madhav Das Nalapat holds the UNESCO Peace Chair at the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations at Manipal University in Manipal, India. Prof. Nalapat writes extensively on security, policy and international affairs. He began his academic career as fellow of the Centre for Political Research in 1974. Four years later he moved to business management, taking over as executive director of the Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Company Limited. In 1984 he switched to the editorial side, taking over as editor of the Mathrubhumi Daily and the Mathrubhumi Illustrated Weekly. In 1989 he shifted from Malayalam to English-language journalism, becoming the resident editor Times of India. He also worked as Chief of News Bureau in 1995-1997. He has contributed to leading publications throughout the world and has written six books. In 2000, Prof. Nalapat organized the first non-official India-China conference in which serving members of the armed forces of both countries participated. Since 1998, he has visited China several times, meeting Communist Party of China officials, People's Liberation Army officers, academics and others. He has also lectured at Peking and Fudan universities. In December 2003, he was part of the India team at the India-China Round Table organized by the University of Hong Kong. A gold medallist in economics from Bombay University, Professor Nalapat's original theories include the India-China-Russia Trilateral Alliance (1983); Wahabbism 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).
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