The Ad­mi­ral R.D. Katari Me­mo­rial Lec­ture at New Delhi


The 24th Ad­mi­ral R.D. Katari Me­mo­rial Lec­ture ti­tled `A Na­tional Se­cu­rity Strat­egy for In­dia and the Mar­itime Domain’ was de­liv­ered by Shyam Saran, Chair­man, Re­search and In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem for De­vel­op­ing Coun­tries (RIS) and Chair­man, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sory Board (NSAB).

Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, presided over the func­tion. Navy Foun­da­tion (NF) is an or­gan­i­sa­tion of re­tired naval of­fi­cers with the Chief of Naval Staff as its Pres­i­dent. The 15 branches of NF pan In­dia, apart from net­work­ing the vet­er­ans` com­mu­nity to har­ness their ef­forts to­wards na­tion build­ing, also un­der­take phil­an­thropic work and con­duct ac­tiv­i­ties to gen­er­ate aware­ness on mar­itime is­sues. To­wards this, the Navy Foun­da­tion Delhi Chap­ter con­duct an an­nual lec­ture by em­i­nent speak­ers in mem­ory of late Ad­mi­ral R.D. Katari.

Ad­mi­ral R.D. Katari, the first In­dian to be Chief of the Naval Staff (April 22, 1958 to June 4, 1962), is widely ad­mired and much loved for the chal­lenge he un­der­took at the young age of 47 years to in­te­grate the best prac­tices of Royal Navy and lay the foun­da­tion of mod­ern In­dian Navy. He is also re­mem­bered for his pi­o­neer­ing work and strate­gic vi­sion in pro­vid­ing the fledg­ling In­dian Navy a firm push to­wards self-re­liance and indi­geni­sa­tion, and in for­mu­lat­ing the blue­print for the strong force the In­dian Navy has be­come to­day. Ad­mi­ral R.D. Katari set­tled in Se­cun­der­abad af­ter his re­tire­ment and served as the Chair­man of Andhra Pradesh State Road Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion from De­cem­ber 1962 to May 1964. There­after, he was ap­pointed as In­dia`s Am­bas­sador to Burma for five years.

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