A right-leaning think-tank has emerged as a popular hiring destination for the Modi government, with one of its Fellows, columnist A Surya Prakash, now likely to be named public broadcaster Prasar Bharati’s next chairman.
A senior official said Surya Prakash, who is consulting editor for The Pioneer, to which he contributes, among many publications, is the top contender for the post. Prakash is also director of the India Foundation.
The New Delhi-based Vivekananda International Foundation, which describes itself as a “non-partisan” institution, has many former bureaucrats, retired generals, security experts and diplomats on board.
Most of its members are right-of-centre experts researching primarily in the areas of security, governance and the economy. The think-tank is also identified with the RSS, although there is no formal association.
The Modi government had earlier picked Ajit Doval, one of the think-tank’s former directors, as national security advisor. The Prime Minister’s principal secretary Nripendra Mishra is executive council member of the think-tank.