National Security Advisor (India).

The National Security Adviser (NSA) (IAST: Rāṣ‍ṭrīya Surakṣā Salāhakāra) is the senior official on the National Security Council (NSC) of India, and the chief adviser to the Prime Minister of India on national and international security policy.

Due to such vested powers, NSA is a highly prominent and powerful office in the Government of India. All NSAs appointed since the inception of the post in 1998 belong to the either Indian Foreign Service or to the Indian Police Service, and serve at the pleasure of the Prime Minister of India.

The National Security Adviser (NSA) is tasked with regularly advising the Prime Minister on all matters relating to internal and external threats and opportunities to India, and oversees strategic and sensitive issues on behalf of the Prime Minister. The NSA of India also serves as the Prime Minister’s Special Interlocutor with China as well as the envoy to Pakistan and Israel on security affairs. He can be seen frequently accompanying the Prime Minister on official and State visits.

The NSA receives all intelligence reports and co-ordinates them to present before the Prime Minister. NSA is assisted by the Deputy National Security Advisers, Deputy NSAs. Retired Indian Police Service officer Rajinder Khanna and Indian Foreign Service officer Pankaj Saran[1] currently serve as Deputy National Security Advisers.[2][3][4]

Brajesh Mishra was appointed the first National Security Adviser of India. The post was created on 19 November 1998 by the Government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and has become increasingly influential and powerful over the years with the rise of India on the world stage.


  • 1 List of National Security Advisors
  • 2 See also
  • 3 Note
  • 4 References

List of National Security Advisors[edit]

See also[edit]

  • National Security Council


  • ^ Concurrently served as the 9th Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India.
  • References[edit]

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  • ^ “Ex-RAW chief Rajinder Khanna appointed Deputy National Security Adviser”. Deccan Chronicle. New Delhi. January 3, 2018. Retrieved January 15, cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output q{quotes:”””””””‘””‘”}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-free a{background:url(“//”)no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url(“//”)no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url(“//”)no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  • ^ “Former RAW chief Rajinder Khanna appointed deputy NSA”. Hindustan Times. New Delhi. January 2, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  • ^ “Former RAW Chief Rajinder Khanna Appointed Deputy National Security Adviser”. NDTV. New Delhi. January 3, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  • ^ “Menon is next NSA”. The Hindu. 21 January 2010.
  • ^ “Doval named Modi’s security advisor”. Daily Mail. 27 May 2014.

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