Mr. Ranade, a former Additional Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India is a security and intelligence expert. He is a seasoned China analyst with over 25 years experience in the field. He earned a Diploma of Advanced Proficiency in Chinese after a two-year study programme in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi & completed an Intensive Introductory Course in Mandarin & a Diploma in Mandarin from the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
His foreign assignments have included Hong Kong, Beijing and his last foreign posting, prior to retirement in late 2008, was as Minister in the Indian Embassy in Washington. Heis presently a Distinguished Fellow with the Centre for Air Power Studies. He contributes to many mainstream national newspapers, magazines and leading publications, mostly on strategic and security issues relating to China. Chapters contributed by him on specialized aspects relating to China have been published in three books.
He is often requested by leading TV news channels to comment on issues of national interest and is also invited to international conferences and seminars in India and abroad to speak on China/East Asia and subjects related to Intelligence.