Ajai is a journalist and commentator who specialises in strategic affairs. He writes primarily for Business Standard, and also for international newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. He hosts a defence affairs blog, Broadsword, which attracts 3,000-6,000 readers daily. Earlier, as a war correspondent for NDTV, he reported from conflict zones like Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Jammu & Kashmir and the Northeast. Ajai served in the Indian Army for 22 years, retiring as a colonel after commanding a tank regiment. Ajai graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and did his post-graduation from King’s College, London.