Dr (Prof) Nishakant Ojha, is among India’s eminent experts in cyber-crime and anti-terrorism strategy, who is widely sought for his advice on different matters pertaining to policy-making on security and safety of India and counter-terrorism for the West Asia & Middle East. He has been known the “Strategic Man ” & “Soldier without Uniform” in Indian Diaspora

In today’s troubled world, national security challenges extend beyond military threats and terrorism, encompassing a broad spectrum of risks across various warfare domains such as land, sea, air, nuclear, space, cyber, and energy resources. Additional threats include demographic changes, financial laundering, and narco-terrorism. Internal security is also at risk due to societal instability from communal, sectarian, and caste-based conflicts. Consequently, it is essential for the nation to critically assess whether its intelligence agencies are adequately structured and equipped to anticipate and counter these extensive external and internal threats to India’s security. India has already institutionalized its intelligence frameworks and established a robust ecosystem for national security.
Q-What attention should be directed towards the swiftly changing geopolitical landscape, and how does your strategic involvement in various Middle Eastern nations contribute to maintaining equilibrium in global dynamics?
Regarding the geopolitical dynamics of the Middle East have significantly shifted in recent years, posing various challenges for India, particularly in the context of the Modi government’s “Link West” policy, which seeks to enhance cooperation with the region. Under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, India has made substantial progress in strengthening ties with the Middle East, with some regional changes supporting closer relations in line with the Link West policy. The development of the Chabahar Port in Tehran stands out as a significant achievement for India. However, the fluctuating stability in the Middle East remains a concern for New Delhi. The India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) has emerged as a crucial initiative, offering significant incentives for India to engage in this transcontinental project. The Middle East’s political landscape is complex and multifaceted.
Q- Can you share your views on the emerging autonomous warfare Industry and how India is Prepared for that?
In 2020, the global market for autonomous weapons was valued at $11.57 billion and is projected to grow to $30.17 billion by 2030, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.4% from 2021 to 2030. By 2030, the market is expected to reach $30.17 billion. Countries including the U.S., China, Russia, South Korea, France, Germany, the UK, Sweden, and Italy are actively developing autonomous military robotic systems. The Indian defense forces are well-prepared for modern conflicts, having integrated various unmanned platforms for both surveillance and attack roles. India is investing in advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and sensor technologies to bolster its autonomous warfare capabilities. The focus is on creating systems capable of operating in diverse environments and executing complex missions with minimal human intervention.
India’s defense export status has seen significant improvement in recent years, establishing the country as a major exporter of defense equipment to allied nations. Despite these advancements, there have been some missed opportunities. India has successfully exported personal protective equipment, offshore patrol vessels, and avionics to nations such as the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Russia, France, Nepal, Mauritius, Israel, Egypt, the UAE, and Chile.
Q-Regarding the on-going issue can you share about the sinister strategy of Weaponization of Climate Change
Ans:-With respect to Climate change is intensifying global security challenges and could lead to increased military involvement. Its impacts, such as food and water shortages, infrastructure damage, and mass displacement, elevate the risk of conflicts. Additionally, more severe natural disasters can result in humanitarian crises and disrupt supply chains. The military may need to address these issues and might also be tasked with establishing new bases or safeguarding critical energy resources like oil and gas.
China’s plan to develop a large-scale weather modification system by 2025 has raised concerns, particularly among its neighbouring countries. According to an announcement by the State Council, artificial rainfall or snowfall operations will cover more than 5.5 million square kilometres, and hail suppression efforts will extend over 580,000 square kilometres. The primary motivations for enhancing these weather modification capabilities include addressing environmental issues such as climate change, environmental protection, and disaster management, especially in terms of preparedness. This technology is integral to China’s goal of being recognized as a technological superpower, with aims to reach a globally advanced level in operations, technology, and services by 2035.