Arvind Gupta (administrator)

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Arvind Gupta
Former Deputy National Security Advisor of India
Preceded by Nehchal Sandhu
Director of Vivekananda International Foundation
Personal details
Born (1953-07-10) 10 July 1953 (age 64)
Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh, India
Occupation Civil Servant (Indian Foreign Service)

Arvind Gupta is a career diplomat and former Indian Deputy National Security Advisor serving from 2014 to 2017.[1][2][3] He was the ex officio Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat. He served as the Director General of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses from January 2012 till his appointment to the post of Deputy NSA.[4]

He is currently serving as the director of Vivekananda International Foundation,a public policy think tank situated in Delhi.[3][2]


Dr. Gupta belongs to the 1979 batch of the Indian Foreign Service. Over the course of his career, he has served in various capacities at Indian diplomatic missions in Moscow, London and Ankara. He joined the National Security Council Secretariat shortly after it was set up in 1998 and served there till 2007.[5] Prior to taking charge as Director General, he held the Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair on National Security in the IDSA from 2008 to 2012.[6]

He was a member of the informal group constituted by the Prime Minister of India to revive the action plan on nuclear disarmament presented by Rajiv Gandhi at the Third Special Session on Disarmament of the UN General Assembly in June 1998.[7] He has also worked in the Ministry of External Affairs on different assignments.

Books and Publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Former IFS officer Arvind Gupta appointed Deputy NSA". Economic Times. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Research Team". Retrieved 2017-10-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Former deputy NSA Arvind Gupta to head Vivekananda Intl Foundation". 2017-09-23. Retrieved 2017-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Arvind Gupta: Director General". IDSA website. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Raghavan, editor, V.R. (2010). India and global nuclear disarmament. [New Delhi]: Delhi Policy Group. ISBN 9780230327863. 
  6. ^ "Dr. Arvind Gupta Takes Over AS DG, IDSA". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "India to push Rajiv Gandhi plan for N-free world". Economic Times. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2012.