The Third Monsoon Maritime Conversation was organised by Maritime History Society (MHS) at Mullah Auditorium at Navy Nagar this evening on the topic ‘Indian Maritime Thought : a History of the Future’.


The conversation was based on a paper by the primary conversationalist, Dr Prabhakaran Paleri. The co-conversationalist and moderator was Cmde Odakkal Johnson, Curator Maritime History Society.

Dr Prabhakaran Paleri introduced the concept of Laws of Invariance according to which things do not change: in other words, history repeats over time. History was seen as a live continuum that is not relegated to the time passed so far and it is used very effectively for charting a course to the future.  He emphasized on the presence of historians in all planning bodies and how these bodies can predict the future using knowledge of history.

The event was attended by naval personnel and members of MHS.  Admiral JG Nadkarni (retd), Ex Chief of Naval Staff, was the chief guest for the event. Rear Admiral KG Vishwanathan, Flag Officer Doctrine and Concepts, felicitated Dr. Prabhakaran Paleri for the enlightening conversation.


Dr. Prabhakaran Paleri, an academic scholar, strategist and subject matter expert in a range of maritime fields is currently a Senior Adjunct Professor and Advisor, at Chinmaya Institute of Technology, University of Kannur.

His wide maritime professional experience spans from 1977 to 1979 in the Indian navy, the Customs Marine organization from 1979 to 1981 and then the Indian Coast Guard from 1981 to 2006.

In addition to writing a large number of research papers and articles in various fields, Dr. Prabhakaran Paleri has assisted various arms and ministries of Government of India in sectors of disaster management, contingency planning, maritime law enforcement, combating piracy and marine fisheries etc.


He is presently engaged in writing a text book for a leading publisher in India on Corporate Social responsibility