Evaluation of Models of Human Security with Special Reference to

Col. Divakaran Padma Kumar PiIlay, Ph.D


Applying Human Security in the Indian Context IDSA PUBLISHED by Talor and Francis

Defining relationships in Humanitarian Emergencies

Colonel Divakaran Padma Kumar Pillay, SC

I can hold with the hare, and run with the hound: Which nobody can deny.

  1. -1694, Trimmer’s Confession of Faith or the True principles of a Jack of both sides

Different interpretations of humanitarianism


Research data captured by Aid Worker Security show that there is a rising trend in attacks on humanitarian workers with 2013 recording 169 violent incidents, the highest ever since 1997. A sensible step for survival for humanitarians’ is to distance themselves from political and military actors. But doing so may not necessarily prevent attacks. It is important to realise that being seen as a neutral, impartial and independent organisation does not guarantee acceptance or protection. Absolutely principled and impartial organisations like the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) or MSF have also been targeted. The increasing trend of attacks can be attributed to many reasons such as:-

  1. Interpreting hidden agendas because the locals cannot distinguish between a true humanitarian driven by principles and soldiers driven by their government's agenda. United Nations agencies and NGOs are usually seen as collaborators of the western armies, and therefore legitimate targets. For example, one prominent attack is the one on the UN compound in Baghdad in 2003 that killed Sergio Vieira De Mello, then Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and 22 others.
  2. A lack of understanding and cultural differences leads to a sense of ‘clash of civilisations’. The battle is between ‘us’ and ‘them’ with no respect for humanitarian laws and principles and protective symbols. Anyone who is alien is the enemy.
  3. Multiplicity of belligerents and actors in conflict zones, coupled with the use of technology, has handed over destructibility to the lowest functionary without the need for higher guidance. Independent actions with diverse motives are therefore possible.

‘Defining’ the Relationship


Don't defend the indefensible

23 June, 2010
IDSA Web Commentary


Exit from Afghanistan: Playing the Game and not learning the lessons

D. Padma Kumar Pillay
March 3, 2010

List of Publication

January 2016
Applying Human Security in the Indian Context :

Published in Strategic Analysis, Volume No 40 Issue 1 , 2016 , Routledge

DOI: 10.1080/09700161.2015.1116246

June 2015
Wrong Weapons in Wrong hands: Ensure compliance with readiness

Chemical and Biological Magazine , IDSA

February 2014
Defining relationships in Humanitarian Emergencies

Paper for IDHA magazine

April 2012
Personal reflection on a leadership challenge in peacebuilding

Presentation paper for a Human Security Approach in India for counter insurgency from a personal viewpoint

June 2010
Don't defend the indefensible

23 June, 2010 IDSA Web Commentary

March 2010

Exit from Afghanistan: Playing the Game and not learning the lessons

IDSA Web Commentary

Opinion Wrong Weapons in Wrong Hands Ensure compliance with readiness

Personal reflection on reconcialition and a human security centred peace building challenge