Colonel Ajai Shukla (Retired), is an Independent Director of the Company. He finished his schooling from The Lawrence School, Sanawar, Shimla in 1975, and joined the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. During his stint at the NDA, he graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has two master’s degrees- from Madras University and from King’s College, London, UK- where he specialised in war studies. Before taking up journalism in 2001, he worked as a combat soldier for over two decades, serving multiple tenures in Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. He was also deputed with the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mozambique. In 2001, he opted for premature retirement after commanding a prestigious armoured regiment, Hodson’s Horse. At present he works as Consulting Editor (Strategic Affairs), with the daily business newspaper, Business Standard. He writes on strategic affairs, defence policy, budgeting and procurement, force structuring and India’s defence economy and defence technology. He also writes for international publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Guardian, South China Morning Post and professional journals like the London-based Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) journal. He speaks at various forums and establishments, including the War Colleges of the army, navy and air force. He is chairman cum member of the Corporate Social Responsibility committee and a member of the nomination and remuneration committee of the company.