The Fourteenth Edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
Wednesday, October 25th to Sunday, October 29th 2023


Online : 25 - 26 Oct
On ground : 27 - 29 Oct

  • Saturday, 28th Oct
  • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm IST
  • St Pauls Institute, Alberione Hall

Do intelligence failures happen because of lapses in collecting information, not analysing it correctly, not sharing it on time? Or are they the result of ignoring inputs and intra-departmental rivalries? Three writers who have held senior government positions discuss the peaks and troughs of Indian intelligence gathering and sharing.


Mani Shankar Aiyar

Mani Shankar Aiyar, author and columnist, is a former diplomat and Union Cabinet Minister in the Government of India.

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Meeran Chadha Borwankar

Dr Meeran Chadha Borwankar is a recipient of the President of India Police Medal for Distinguished Service, and a prolific writer on crime and gender.

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Vappala Balachandran

Vappala Balachandran was a special secretary, cabinet secretariat, in the Indian government and writes extensively on national security and Intelligence.

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Kunal Purohit

Kunal Purohit is an award-winning independent journalist.

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Books In The Session

Intelligence over Centuries

  • Vapalla Balachandran
  • Indus Source Books