The project is being organised and executed by Squadron Leader Rana T.S. Chhina (Retd) with the assistance of a select research team. Squadron Leader Rana TS Chhina served in the Indian Air Force as a Helicopter Pilot. A Qualified Flying Instructor, he is a recipient of the prestigious MacGregor medal for acing military reconnaissance in 1986, He also enjoys the distinction of carrying out one of the highest landings in the world by a medium-lift class helicopter. A keen military historian, he was responsible for organising the Indian Air Force archives at Air Headquarters, New Delhi. He is currently Secretary and Editor at the Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research of the United Service Institution of India, New Delhi, and VicePresident at the Indian Military Historical Society, UK.

Squadron Leader Chhina’s chief field of interest is colonial Indian military history. He is the author of a number of books, the latest being an illustrated history of Indian War Memorials across the globe, titled ‘Last Post’. In addition, he has edited a number of official war histories, such as, ‘For the Honour of India: A History of Indian Peacekeeping’ by Lt Gen Satish Nambiar. He is currently a member of the joint USI-MEA Steering Committee responsible for coordinating the national commemoration of India’s participation in the First World War, in connection with the centenary of the conflict. He also serves as a member of the IAF Aerospace Museum Apex Steering Committee.

Adil Rana Chhina is a Historical Researcher at the Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research of the United Service Institution of India, New Delhi. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History (hons.) from the University of Delhi. Previously, he has worked with an Indian Member of Parliament, as part of the first cohort of the PRS Legislative Assistants to the Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship. His research interests include colonial military history of India (1757-1947), West Asia policy, and conflict studies with an emphasis on the Israeli-Palestinian debate.

Nusrat Ansari is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research of the United Service Institution of India, New Delhi. She holdsa Bachelor’s degree in History (hons.) from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. Previously, she worked extensively with organizations in the social sector, dealing with issueslike community bonding, displacement, preservation of culture, and protection of natural heritage.Her research interests include the history of colonial era, particularly the Mutiny of 1857 and the Partition of India, preservation of archives and first-hand accounts, and photo documentaries.

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    The Joint USI-MEA Centenary Commemoration project highlights the oft-forgotten role of India in the First World War and commemorates those soldiers who served during the War. The project is aimed at exploring India’s engagement in the war from a variety of perspectives.
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