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

Our Tackling Financial Cybercrimes study comes up with recommendations that can help banks, financial institutions, policy makers and those in the digital payments ecosystem to build a robust cybersecurity framework. @cm_IPS @saikatd @iam_anandv @kazimriz

A key finding of DeepStrat and @_DialogueIndia's ethnographic study, Tackling Retail Financial Cyber Crimes in India, is that lack of a credible deterrence against online financial frauds is a major barrier to greater adaptation of #digitalpayments. 1/3

DeepStrat and @_DialogueIndia launched the first paper in a series which is co-authored by @shruti_shreya13 & @sakshammalikk that analyses the feasibility of the Open Access & One Nation One Subscription mandate under STIP 2020. Read full report here-

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Our Publications

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 […]

Final Scorpene launched: What’s next for India’s Navy

On April 20, 2022, the sixth and the last of SCORPENE submarines was launched by Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar at Mumbai. This brings to end the Project 75 contract with Mazgaon Docks Limited. The submarine has to undergo setting to work of various equipment followed by harbor trials. The Naval crew will take her […]

The Tech Fallout of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Carl Von Clausewitz, the Prussian General and military theorist introduced the concept of “absolute war” where participants use every means at their disposal to achieve victory. As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its seventh day, much of what the world is witnessing reiterates Clausewitz’s theory of absolute war. While the tanks, soldiers, aircraft and […]

Guarding our Privacy: Cosmetic solutions?

Professor Alan Westin, American professor of law, recognised as the father of modern data privacy law, laid down the basic principles of privacy law decades ago in his books, ‘Privacy and Freedom’ and ‘Databanks in a Free Society’. Westin defined privacy as the “claim of individuals, groups or institutions to determine for themselves when, how […]

Executive Summary & Recommendations: Report on Analysing the National Security Implication of Weakening Encryption

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Encryption in today’s increasingly interconnected world is perhaps the only technology that provides us a sense of safety online. It is the most important enabler of free speech and indirectly thus, allows for the internet enabled communication to provide the same privacy we expect within the confines of what a physical conversation with […]