Major Gaurav Arya


Major Gaurav Arya is an Indian journalist specialising in defense and strategic affairs and host of the show Patriot on Republic TV. He served in the Indian Army and left as a major

Major Gaurav Arya has been there, done it, and­ most importantly lived to tell about it. In fact, it’s this latter quality that distinguishes Major Arya from the pack of everyday speakers: an uncommon sense of carpe diem tempered with a clear vision of the bigger picture.

In his Talks Major Gaurav Arya who is considered a passionate advocate of the soldier’s point of view speaks about the the Brave Army men who have gone to the extremes, pushed the limits and emerged victorious… but not always. They’ve also taken the falls, losses, disappointments and setbacks as lessons and insights gained to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges and obstacles, making the highest sacrifices to protect their country.

Expert at motivation, inspiration, team­ building, competition and overcoming adversity, from the cutting edge of performance to the edge of your seat.

Major Gaurav Arya is a well-known Defence Analyst who appears frequently on television.

He completed his graduation from St. Stephens College, Delhi in 1992. In 1993, he joined the Officers Training Academy, Madras (now Chennai). He passed out in March 1994 and was commissioned into 17th Battalion, The Kumaon Regiment.

He left the Indian Army in 1999, and later completed his MBA. He worked at various prestigious companies like HCL, Hutch (now Vodafone), Wipro and Ernst & Young. His last tenure was with Smart Group, a Singapore based MNC. Major Gaurav Arya (Retd) was the CEO of Sterea InfraTech Limited, a construction company that was part of the Smart Group. Later, he was President of Smart Group.

He is a keen writer whose work is enthusiastically followed on social media. Many online magazines have published his articles. He was earlier seen on almost all the mainstream TV channels, speaking on strategy and current affairs. He has now joined Republic TV as Advisor – Defence & Strategy. He now appears exclusively on Republic TV.

He is a TV host, and anchors the immensely popular weekly TV show PATRIOT. This TV show is on soldiers from all forces, and is about introducing the country to new heroes.

Major Gaurav Arya is also a popular public speaker. He speaks on leadership, motivation, team building, strategic affairs, national security and capability building.

He has spoken at the following:

  • Oxford University, UK
  • King’s College, London (UK)
  • Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
  • IIT, Roorkee
  • Hansraj College, Delhi University
  • Amity University, Noida
  • Galgotias University, Greater Noida
  • SAP Labs
  • Dell Computers
  • Samsung India Ltd
  • Prahlad Kakkar School of Business & Entrepreneurship (conducted boot camp)


  • UK Parliament – Spoke at House of Commons
  • Indian Parliament – Was invited to witness GST rollout as a special guest.