Rajinder Khanna, a former chief of the country’s external intelligence agency RAW, was appointed the Deputy National Security Adviser (NSA). He will be assisting the Ajit Doval, which is the National Security Adviser.
According to an official source, ‘He headed the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) from December 2014 for a fixed two-year period. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the appointment of Rajinder Khanna as the Deputy NSA on re-employment and on contractual basis’
Rajinder Khanna, a 1978 batch Research and Analysis Wing Service (RAS) officer, has supervised several counter-terrorism operations and is considered an expert on Pakistan and Islamic terrorism. He is currently on Special Duty (Neighbourhood Studies) in the National Security Council Secretariat.
The core function of the Neighbourhood Studies is to prepare policy papers of neighbouring countries including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. The National Security Council, headed by the Prime Minister, is the top body on all internal and external security-related matters.