Maroof Raza Biography

Maroof through the years

Maroof Raza is a well known media commentator on global, military and security issues. His ‘talks’ range from the ‘threats of terrorism’ to India-Pakistan and the Kashmir issue, Sino-Indian relations, and what India should do to become a great power. He also lectures on ‘Leadership Lessons from the armed forces’.

Maroof is often invited to address gatherings of corporate leaders and senior members at military/academic institutions on a range of issues by invitation of FICCI and CII, as also by Goldman Sachs (India), Citibank, Deloitte, YPOs, YI-CII bodies, at the Civil Services Academy, Mussoorie at India’s National Defence College, Delhi, and at events organised by OSB, SpeakIn, and at certain Lit-Fests. He has also spoken at institutions in the US, UK and in the Gulf countries

Maroof Raza Biography

Maroof Raza was educated in India (at Mayo College and St.Stephen’s College) and in England (at London and Cambridge universities), he holds two Masters degrees; in War Studies, from King's College, London and in International Relations from Cambridge University. He has held visiting fellowships at the Centre for Policy Research, the Stimson Centre and at King’s College, London.
1980-93
Served as an Infantry Officer in the Indian Army Joined the Indian Army after a family tradition, immediately after graduation;
He was commissioned into the Infantry from the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun in 1980.

Saw counter-insurgency service in India’s North East. Served with The Grenadiers Regiment and Mechanized Infantry Regiment(s). Was an Instructor at the IMA, Dehradun, and resigned from the Army as a Major in 1993.
1994-95
Times of India Fellow and Visiting Fellow at Centre for Policy Research, Delhi: This was essentially a transition phase- from military to civilian life – and gave me an opportunity to undertake substantial academic work that led to the publications of two books: “Low-Intensity Conflicts: The new dimension to India’s military commitments” and “Wars and no Peace over Kashmir”. These have since become recommended reading at various Institutions in India and abroad. Was also a Visiting Fellow at the Stimson Center, in Washington DC
1996-98
Special Correspondent (Foreign & Military Affairs), NDTV(New Delhi): The assignment as a special correspondent required exceptionally high communication skills both in English and Hindi, and a wide range of contacts in the Government and
with public personalities in India.

It also involved constantly working to tight deadlines, a very high degree of independence and an eye for detail. Have traveled to cover major news events in India and abroad, for NDTV; and in this period, NDTV was repeatedly awarded the prize for the Asia’s best ‘News Channel’ by a Singapore based jury.
1998-2007
Middlesex University’s Regional Director for South Asia: The assignment involved the establishment of a Regional Office for the University in New Delhi, and business promotion for the University across South Asia. Eventually also established the University’s sub-offices in Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Colombo.

This led to a more than twenty-fold increase in the recruitment of Indian students to study at Middlesex University in London, making Middlesex University a leader in student recruitment for the U.K from India. This has been acknowledged in the Limca Book of Records (2008).

The operation generated gross annual revenues of about £10 million Pounds for Middlesex University. Over these years, was also a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University, and a Visiting Fellow by King’s College, London, (in War Studies), and served on the Advisory Board of the Delhi Public School, at R.K. Puram and Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, Delhi, and the EducationWorld magazine.
Maroof Raza is a well known media commentator on global, military and security issues. His ‘talks’ range from the ‘threats of terrorism’ to India-Pakistan and the Kashmir issue, Sino-Indian relations, and what India should do to become a great power. He also lectures on ‘Leadership Lessons from the armed forces’.
Maroof is often invited to address gatherings of corporate leaders and senior members at military/academic institutions on a range of issues by invitation of FICCI and CII, as also by Goldman Sachs (India), Citibank, Deloitte, YPOs, YI-CII bodies, at the Civil Services Academy, Mussoorie at India’s National Defence College, Delhi, and at events organised by OSB, SpeakIn, and at certain Lit-Fests. He has also spoken at institutions in the US, UK and in the Gulf countries
He has published several books including a compilation of essays on 'Çonfronting Terrorism' (published by Penguin books) and more recently ‘Kashmir's untold story: Declassified’ (published by Bloomsbury in 2019). He is also the publisher of a monthly magazine, SALUTE. His writings have appeared in almost all the leading Indian newspapers and magazines.
2007 Till Date
Consultant and Strategic Affairs Advisor to Times Now, a leading English TV news channel in India, and anchor of the weekend world affairs show “Latitude”. In addition he is the publisher of ‘Salute India’ a monthly magazine for India’s armed forces, in which he writes columns on matters military.

In the publication domain he has edited an anthology of essays on “Confronting Terrorism” for Penguin Books (India), released in late 2009. Since 2010, he has also been the Mentor of Security Watch India. He went on to establish two new ventures; Access Abroad India Pvt. Ltd. a consultancy for higher Education projects and for studying abroad. His second venture which he cofounded was “Ideas on India” an annual festival dedicated to celebrating Indian achievements. He has also published several articles and essays in a range of publications, the details of which can be found in the name of “Maroof Raza” on websites such as: www.google.com.
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