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, Public Policy, Intelligence, Media, Research, Risk Management and Risk Mitigation, Geo-political Analysis, Security Audits, Counter-Intelligence, VIP Security, Conflict Resolution and Strategic Communication across South Asia.

We are your strategic window to South Asia and beyond.

If you are looking to partner us, drop us an email at [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.

Founding Partners


Amitabh Mathur, IPS (Retd)

Founding Partner, DeepStrat

Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha (Retd)

Founding Partner, DeepStrat

Saikat Datta

Designated & Founding Partner, DeepStrat

Kazim Rizvi

Designated & Founding Partner, DeepStrat

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Our Publications

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 […]

RBI’s CoF and Tokenisation Guidelines – Assessing the Preparedness of the Payments Ecosystem

The Reserve Bank of India mandated the deletion of card-on-file data by merchants and PA/PGs. Industry bodies and civil-society organisations gave inputs seeking an extension of this deadline in December last year, including The Dialogue and Deepstrat which published a paper outlining the challenges associated with rushed compliance. The RBI, taking cognisance, gave a six-month […]

Maritime security initiative offers dual application to Quad

On May 24, 2022, at Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) in Tokyo, the four world leaders agreed upon an important initiative which will offer the Quad significant dual-use capability when fully operationalized. There have been repeated suggestions from think tanks across the world for Quad to add demonstrable teeth to address one of its important charters […]

CBDC poses more challenges than it solves

As we know, Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is a hot topic of interest. The Indian government has announced its intention to introduce CBDC. Globally, the CBDC idea came in response to the spectacular rise of Bitcoin as an alternative currency. Something was seen that was needed to be done. CBDC was deemed to have […]

Tackling Retail Financial Cyber Crimes in India

Tackling Retail Financial Cyber Crimes in India is an ethnographic study on problems faced by law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in investigation and prosecution of financial cyber crimes in India. The study draws on complaints filed with Haryana’s unique cyber crimes police station to understand the impact of online frauds on retail digital payments. It is […]

Feasibility of Open Access & Single Subscription Policy under STIP 2020

The Dialogue, in partnership with DeepStrat, is analysing the STIP 2020. Towards this, we are happy to share the first white paper analysing Para 1.4 Open Access and Para 1.5 One Nation One Subscription mandate under the policy. The paper analyses these provisions in light of their impact on India’s research ecosystem and proposes evidence-based […]