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The Defence Makeover: 10 Myths that Shape India's Image

The Defence Makeover: 10 Myths that Shape India's Image


Item Code: IDE622

by Pravin Sawhney

Paperback (Edition: 2002)

Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN 0761996133

Language: English
Size: 8.6" X 5.5"
Pages: 459 (with Maps)
Price: $36.50
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From the Jacket:

  • China is not a military treat to India
  • The army has frustrated Pakistan's proxy war in Kashmir
  • Nuclear tests have enhanced India's security
  • South Asia is a nuclear flashpoint
These re only four of the ten popular 'myths' surrounding India's national security that the author systematically shatters in this unusual, topical and forcefully argued book.

The author maintains that there is a vast separation between how things are and what they are thought to be, between the military and defence policy making, between defence analysts and the ground realities. This book constitutes the author's "search" for the ground realities.

The book is divided into five parts. Each of them has two chapters dealing with a particular subject. The first part covers the whole gamut of India - china relations. China is, the author warns, a real and immediate military threat. He argues that, by singing the 1993 Peace and Tranquility Treaty, India has walked into China's trap, and how, by accepting that the MacMohan line does not exist, it has opened the way for China to gradually nibble away at Indian territory.

Part two deals with Kashmir. The author debunks India's long-held belief that the Simla Agreement can resolve the problems between India and Pakistan. Pravin Sawhney also looks at the current situation in Kashmir, especially the role of the Taliban cadres.

The third part considers the likehood of an all-out conventional war between India and Pakistan, while the next part covers the two limited wars between them - the ongoing Siachen war and the Kargil war. The last section addresses two questions pertaining to the role of nuclear weapons: are they facilitators of confidence-building measures with Pakistan; and do they enhance India's security?.

The book ends with a chapter entitled 'The Bottomline'. This is not crystalgazing, nor is it pontification. Rather, it speaks holistically about what the individual chapters imply for India's defence makeover.

About the Author:

Pravin Sawhney is South Asia Correspondent for Jane's International Defense Review. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, London, and a Visiting Scholar at the Co-operative Monitoring Centre, Sandia National Laboratories, Alburquerque, USA.

Formerly with the Indian army, Pravin sawhney took premature retirement to pursue a career in journalism. Since then he has worked for mainline dailies such as the The Times of India, The Indian Express, and The Asian Age. He has written strategic and defence issues. Mr Sawhney is a regular contributor to many publications of the Jane's Information Group and has written two monographs under the aegis of Sandia Laboratories.


India-China Relations
Myth One
China is Not a Military Threat to India
Myth Two
Indian Matches China in Defence Planning
Kashmir Tangle
Myth Three
The Simla Agreement can Resolve the Kashmir Issue
Myth Four
The Army has Frustrated Pakistan's Proxy War in Kashmir
Nuclear and Conventional War Paradigm
Myth Five
South Asia is a Nuclear Flashpoint
Myth Six
India and Pakistan are Locked in a Missile Race
Limited Wars
Myth Seven
India has Scored over Pakistan by Occupying Siachen
Myth Eight
India Won a Decisive Victory in Kargil
Strategic Autonomy
Myth Nine
Nuclear Deterrence has Facilitated Confidence-building Measures
Myth Ten
Nuclear Tests have Enhanced India's Security
The Bottomline429
About the Author459

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