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Brajesh Mishra


Brajesh Mishra was the National Security Adviser (NSA) and Principal Secretary for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He is the first National Security Adviser of India. He passed away on 28 September 2012 at the age of 83.

Brajesh Mishra is a member of the Indian Foreign Service. He joined IFS in 1951. He is the son of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Dwarka Prasad Mishra. Brajesh Mishra had a falling out with former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi which led to his resigning from IFS after her decision not to castigate the Soviet Union for its Afghan invasion.

He has served in various positions including as Ambassador to Indonesia and India’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations.

As the National Security Adviser, has overseen many iconic developments in India. Following are some of his achievements:

  • Brain behind the 1998 Pokhran nuclear tests in India, which changed the country’s security strategic direction and made India as a significant player in the global stage. He supervised the testing and incorporation of nuclear weapons as the integral part of country’s security.
  • Prepared a nuclear doctrine for India, which is used as a guidance by India’s military strategists even today
  • Reached US and worked towards ending the nuclear sanctions against India
  • Made initiatives to mend ties with Pakistan and China
  • Laid the groundwork for the 2005 nuclear deal between Manmohan Singh and George Bush
  • Architect of AB Vajpayee’s outreach to Pakistan in 1999 with the Lahore bus trip
  • Has worked with Jaswant Singh and Yashwant Sinha in bringing economic reforms when NDA was in power

The Manmohan Singh-led Government has honored him with a Padma Vibhushan.

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