Remembering Brig. Gurmeet Kanwal – Majid Mahmood

We are saddened by the death of Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal, who was a towering personality in South Asia’s band of scholars in the field of strategic studies.

I had the honor to personally know Brig. Gurmeet and his wife during our many interactions in Track II dialogues abroad. Though sitting on opposite sides of the table and often having heated debates, there is no doubt that we learnt a great deal from Brig. Gurmeet about Indian military and strategic thought. After the session ended, Brig. Gurmeet would sit separately with young scholars like me during lunch session and in his typical warm style, encourage us. Like many other military professionals of South Asia, Brig. Gurmeet loved to share his experience of serving in the Indian army, which exposed us to many unknown facets of his life.

Brig. Gurmeet contributed a lot to Indian strategic thought through his writings. I would personally always refer to his writings whenever I wanted answers to my questions. He was also quick in responding to queries, which reflected his desire to share his vast knowledge.

His death has created a void that will be difficult to fill. May his soul rest in peace.

Posted in , Brig. Gurmeet Kanwal, In Memoriam

Majid Mahmood

Majid Mahmood is a Research Associate at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad. He has completed his undergraduate and graduate studies from National Defense University, Islamabad in strategic studies and international relations respectively. He has extensive research experience of working on issues such as international security, arms control, nuclear and conventional military strategy and major power relations.

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