P. K. Hormis Tharakan, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Kerala cadre (1968 batch), was chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), India's external intelligence agency, from February 1, 2005 to January 31, 2007. He is the former Director General of the Kerala Police.
He was one of the advisors to the governor of Karnataka, when the state was brought under the President's rule prior to Assembly elections in the state in 2008. At present, he is a member of the National Security Council and is also the Chief Advisor of Strategic Affairs.
Tharakan comes from the Parayil family  in Olavipe, Kerala .
C D Sahay
|Director of R&AW
February 1, 2005 – January 31, 2007