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India And Its Army

India And Its Army
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Item Code: IDH201
Author: Rajesh Kadian
Publisher: Vision Books
Edition: 1990
ISBN: 8170940494
Pages: 188 (B & W Illus: 8, Maps: 3)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.3" X 5.3"
About the Book

This book is a critical, contemporary view of the modern Indian Army: at 1 million strong, "the largest volunteer army in the world and also the only apolitical army in the third world without any Cromwell or Napoleon having risen from its ranks to acquire power a powerful visible army, but little-known or understood."

Starting with a concise history of the army since its inception, the book reviews in depth India's military relationships with China, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Among the aspects covered are: a dispassionate look at past conflicts, the likelihood of future wars, including the possible use of nuclear weapons. The army's interaction with its political masters, its experience o tackling various insurgencies, its relationship with the media, and the emerging prickly issue of arms production and procurement are also closely examined.

An analysis of the ethos and traditions of the army reveals many an interesting insight and anecdote. some surprising and unpleasant facts emerge as well. Timely cautionary alarms are sounded with regard to the possible impact upon it of the militant Sikh and Gorkha agitations. A peep into the future shows a third world army only partly equipped with high technology weapon systems and but poorly poised to lend support shou8ld the country adopt a more venturesome foreign policy.

About the Author

Rajesh Kadian comes from a military family and has keenly observed the Indian Army at close quarters for a numbers of years. Two years of exhaustive research in three continents went into the writing of this authoritative readable account about Indian and its army.

"The right book at the right time Excellent, lucid and full of information

Khushwant Singh

"A quick but discerning scan of the Army's evolution from the East Indian Company's Watchmen to the Standing army that it is today."

The Hindu

"Kadian has provided useful books for anyone interested in South Asian military Affairs."

Military Review, USA
Affairs."

"An extremely good job in bringing out thought-provoking issues with an unbiased mind."

USI Journal

CONTENTS
Foreword 9
1 The Long Shadows 15
The Victorian Legacy 16
Two Grandees and the Civil-Military Relationship21
A Great War And Great Expectation 33
The World at War 35
2 Out of the Shadows46
A Lesson Learnt51
A Lesson Taught54
A New Country is Born57
3 The Sword 65
Ramayana Revisited 65
Distant Neighbours69
Across the Himalayas 75
4 The Flames 83
The Men in different Uniforms 83
Aid to Civil Authority 87
Counter Insurgency87
The Men and the Politicians90
The Men and the Political Agitations92
The Men and the Media 100
The Men and the Guns 102
5 The Shield107
Ethos 110
Careerism 114
Professionalism 117
Service Ties 119
Alienation 121
6 The Shadow Lingers 126
The Apolitical Character of the Army 128
The Elan of Soldierly Values 129
Valour 131
Secularism and Loyalty132
Visible Traditions133
Sartorial Traditions135
Social customs 138
Ongoing Traditions - A Mixed Bag 139
7 The Horizon 143
Of Coups and Cantonments144
High- tech and high Command 149
Appendix 155
Bibliographical Note174
Acknowledgements179
Index180
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