Board of Management

The CAFHR functions under a Board of Management that consists of the following persons:

  • Maj Gen Ian Cardozo, AVSM, SM (Retd) – Chairman
  • Lt Gen Parminder Jit Singh Pannu, PVSM, AVSM, VSM – DCIDS (DOT) – Member
  • Lt Gen AS Kler, VSM DGMT – Member
  • Maj Gen Arvind Bhatia, ACIDS (TRADOC) – Member
  • Maj Gen AK Singh, YSM, SM,VSM, ADGMO (A) – Member
  • Rear Adm Dalbir S Gujral, NM, ACNC (CSNCO) – Member
  • AVM RGK Kapoor, VM,  ACAS Ops (Space) – Member
  • Cmde HP Singh, PDNT – Member
  • Air Mshl SG Inamdar, PVSM, AVSM (Retd) – Member
  • Vice Adm Shekhar Sinha, PVSM, AVSM, NM & Bar (Retd) – Member
  • Lt Gen PK Singh, PVSM, AVSM, (Retd), Director USI – Member
  • Sqn Ldr RTS Chhina, MBE (Retd), Secretary – Member Secretary

Research Team

Squadron Leader RTS Chhina (Retd)
Squadron Leader Rana TS Chhina is the Secretary and Editor of CAFHR. He served in the Indian Air Force as a helicopter pilot. He is a recipient of the prestigious Macgregor Medal for best military reconnaissance in 1986, and had the distinction of carrying out the highest landing in the world by a medium-lift class of helicopter, at the time. He is currently Secretary and Editor of the United Service Institution of India Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research and Vice President of the Indian Military Historical Society, UK.

Squadron Leader Chhina’s main field of interest is colonial Indian military history. The author of a number of books, he is a member of the joint USI-MEA Steering Committee responsible for coordinating national commemoration of India’s participation in the First World War in connection with the centenary of the conflict. He is also a member of the IAF Aerospace Museum Apex Steering Committee and the Government of India’s Archival Advisory Board. He was appointed an Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire by the Govt of UK in 2016. In 2017 he was awarded Belgium’s highest honour, the Order of Leopold, for contributing to Indo-Belgium ties through his work on the history of the Indian Army in Flanders during World War I.

Bhanushali Ghalot
Bhanushali Gahlot works as a Senior Research Assistant at the Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research. She joined the Centre in 2014 and has been part of the organising team of the joint USI- Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India ‘India and the Great War’ project that seeks to highlight India’s role in the Great War during the worldwide centenary commemoration of the conflict. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History (hons.) from Delhi University. Previously she has briefly worked with Sahapedia – An open online resource on Arts, Cultures and Heritage of India, other Ministry of External Affairs projects and the national newspaper the ‘Statesman’. Her research interests include oral and visual narratives, preservation and archiving, and the social history of colonial India.

Apoorva Heroor
Apoorva Heroor is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Mysore and a Master’s degree in South Asian Studies from Pondicherry University. Previously she has worked at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore as a research intern. Her research interests include colonial history, Western and Indian Political Thought, and South Asian politics.

Past Researchers

Adil Chhina
Nusrat Ansari


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