Shantanu Mukharji

Adviser NatStrat, former National Security Advisor in Mauritius, retired IPS officer

Shantanu Mukharji

Shantanu Mukharji was born in Allahabad on 23 September 1950. He lives and breathes expertise in security matters after a career of 45 years (and counting) as a specialist in policing and critical security assignments. He joined the police service in 1976 and served with distinction in communally sensitive and trouble-prone districts of Uttar Pradesh.

He was then deputed to the Ministry of External Affairs to strengthen the security of diplomatic missions abroad. In 1985, he was handpicked for the Special Protection Group (SPG), where he spent seven action-packed years overseeing security arrangements for four successive Prime Ministers. Later he was inducted into the sensitive Cabinet Secretariat, where he served at home and overseas on special assignments vital to national security interests. Shri Mukharji has twice been awarded prestigious police medals for his services. After his retirement, he served as the National Security Advisor (NSA) to the Prime Minister of Mauritius between 2010 and 2015.

He is now a Security Analyst, columnist, and commentator on security-related issues. Beyond work, his interests include music, literature, poetry and writing. He lives in Noida with his family.