- Space Bar: His office is next to the PM’s, so has more access to him than foreign minister who sits in South Block
- Bright Spark: It was apparently his idea that the PM invite leaders of South Asia for his inauguration ceremony
- American Role Model: India borrowed the idea of an NSA from the United States; Robert Cutler was first NSA in 1953.
Ever since the post was created during the Atal Behari Vajpayee regime, the National Security Advisor has generally punched above his weight. But no ministry has felt the brunt more than the external affairs ministry. On paper, the NSA and the foreign minister (or the foreign secretary) operate in mutually exclusive areas: the former in security and strategy, the latter on all things foreign. In the Modi era, however, the distinction has blurred.
Ensconced in an office only a few doors away from the prime minister’s, unlike the foreign minister, who sits...