DeepStrat was founded with the vision to combine rich experience in government in South Asia with the best talent available in the private sector to deliver sustainable solutions. We help our clients scope, design and implement their strategic goals through custom-made solutions and guided by cutting-edge research.

It offers its unmatched experience, deep networks and multi-disciplinary research expertise to deliver mandates of our partners and clients.

The DeepStrat Network offers decades of experience in Government, Risk Management & Mitigation, Public Policy, Intelligence, Media, Research, Geo-political Analysis, Security Audits, Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Intelligence, VIP Security, Conflict Resolution and Strategic Communication across Asia.

We are your strategic window to Asia and beyond.

If you are looking to partner us, drop us an email at c[email protected] and we will get back to you.

Our Research

Tackling Retail Financial Cyber Crimes in India: An ethnographic study on problems faced by LEAs in investigation and prosecution of financial cyber crimes in India.

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Our Vision

What We Do

In a complex world you need a team of experts who can work with multiple stakeholders to find sustainable solutions.

Deepstrat works primarily in South Asia and India in particular, which has emerged as a key driver of the global economy and public policy. Its network is spread across governments, decision makers, media, law, academia, and civil society.

We have experience and networks in South Asia that offering insights in public policy, intelligence, military, foreign policy, media, law, strategic & crisis communication, stakeholder mapping, cybersecurity, risk analysis & mitigation, sustainability, and data privacy.

Every programme that we undertake is backed by our collective experience, high-quality, multi-disciplinary research and contextualised in South Asia’s political landscape.

We Work With

Governments, helping them formulate policy based on high-quality research, stakeholder consultations and consensus-building.

Think Tanks, helping them with research, advocacy and partnerships.

Multi-National Corporations, helping them navigate India’s complex regulatory and governance landscape.

Foreign Governments, helping them to enhance bilateral relations with India and South Asia using Track 1.5 and Track 2 forums and also help resolve long pending disputes.

Non-profits, partnering them in capacity building, advocacy on a range of issues.

Embassies & High Commissions offering immersion programmes, advisories and expertise to enhance their understanding of South Asia.



Yashovardhan Jha Azad, IPS (Retd)

Chairman & Co-Founder, DeepStrat

Saikat Datta

CEO & Co-Founder, DeepStrat

Amitabh Mathur, IPS (Retd)

Co-Founder, DeepStrat

Nandkumar Saravade IPS (Retd)

Co-Founder, DeepStrat

Saurabh Chandra, IAS (Retd)

Co-Founder, DeepStrat

Anand Venkatanaryanan

Co-Founder, DeepStrat

Kazim Rizvi

Co-Founder, DeepStrat

Our Publications

Response to the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022

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Response to the Technical Committee appointed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on issues of Surveillance

Executive Summary At the outset, please accept my gratitude for giving me an opportunity to address  a very important issue. I believe this issue and what is decided today will have a  major bearing on the health and the future of our democracy.   I would also like to place on record my appreciation for […]

Comments on the draft Indian Telecommunications Bill, 2022

Provisions in the Bill DeepStrat Comments  Definitions (Sec 2)  While the inclusion of new services was expected in the definition of “message”, the broad sweep of phrases such as “data stream” and “intelligence” may need further clarifications. In particular, the requirement for such services to be compliant to a licencing regime under the new framework […]

An India-led G20 – Redefining Global Geopolitical and Geoeconomic Architecture

The recent launch of the Logo for India’s Presidency of the G20 encapsulates India’s hopes and aspirations. The ancient Sanskrit saying “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” is extrapolated to convey the human family as one, living on one planet with a common future. India will seek to emphasize harmony and growth. The challenge to find convergence among the […]

Indicators for Detection of Abusive Digital Lenders

Context Digital lending is growing rapidly and along with the growth there has been a noticeable rise in consumer harms. These harms arise due to a variety of factors such as regulatory void on upcoming technology and data use in the financial sector, digital literacy, financial literacy leading to exploitative practices and suboptimal outcomes such […]

China Is Pushing India Towards QUAD Alliance As PLA Navy’s ‘Wangling Warship’ Docks In India’s Backyard

Nothing better can describe Sri Lanka’s state as far as the berthing of Yuan Wang 5 at the southernmost tip port of Hambantota is concerned. The “scientific research vessel” arrived on Tuesday, August 16, and received much fanfare from Sri Lankan and Chinese officials. Long live Sri Lanka China friendship placards and little Chinese flags […]