The Chanakya Centre for Strategic Studies (CCSS) has been established as a ‘Think Tank’ for studying national security issues, under the aegis of Angika Development Society (ADS), a non-profit body registered with the Government of India’s Societies Act 1860, which is involved in developing ‘thought leaders’ for nation building and creating an instrument for enhancing the awareness of national security amongst the young minds spread across educational institutions. The idea of having a think tank to act as a channel between the top policy makers and well known strategic experts was conceived at the time of inception of ADS. Shri Rajesh Srivastava, Secretary of ADS and Dr SD Pradhan, former Deputy NSA and Chairman JIC are the prime movers whose relentless efforts have helped in actualisation of this idea. The CCSS is a Delhi-based body of experts seeking to make meaningful contributions to the national endeavour. The centre is supported and funded by resources from educational ventures of ADS like DPS Bhagalpur and other upcoming ones in Jharkhand and West Bengal.

The reports of Kargil Review Committee (KRC) and the Group of Ministers (GoM) that was formed to review the National Security System in its entirety had recommended setting up more research centres to study and carry out assessments on security issues leading to informed debates and preparation of policy options for India in the fast changing international security environment. The establishment of the Centre is in pursuance of this recommendation and changes witnessed in India’s security environment since then. In this context the Centre fully supports the imperatives outlined in the GoM Report as given below:-

“The traditional concept of national security has undergone fundamental changes over the years. It is no longer synonymous with sufficient military strength to defend the nation and its interests. In today’s world, military might alone does not guarantee either sovereignty or security. The more realistic and comprehensive approach to national security also includes economic strength, internal cohesion and technological prowess. The fundamental security of the individual citizen includes security of life and property, food security, energy security, clean environment, education and health. A strong sense of nationalism and good governance also form an integral part of national security; as does the ability to retain political and economic sovereignty and autonomy of decision making, in an era of globalisation and increasing economic interdependence.”