By Jaswant Singh (auth.)

Defending India makes an attempt to comprehensively examine the administration of conflicts and safety demanding situations confronted by way of India in the course of its first part century as a loose state. The booklet is exclusive in being either the 1st in its style and in addition in that it's been authored by way of a well-liked Indian public determine, a parliamentarian of excessive status, and a senior member of the current executive in New Delhi. This publication plumbs the assets of Indian strategic tradition and inspiration, the evolution of its defense force, the administration of conflicts some time past 50 years (some 37 in all), and besides studying India's defence expenditure styles, the writer additionally addresses huimself to the demanding situations that India faces sooner or later. whereas providing a brand new perception into the final 50 years, protecting India additionally indicates crucial structural alterations for the future.

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This establishment of spies to be created to serve the king should include 'the apostate monk, the seeming householder, the seeming trader, the seeming ascetic, as well as the secret agent [the brave, the poison-giver, and the benign nun]'. They should spy on the councilors, the chaplain, the commander-inchief, the crown-prince, the chief palace usher, the chief of the palace guards, the director, the administrator, the director of stores, the commandant, the city judge, the director of factories, the council of ministers, the superintendents, the chief of the army staff, the commandant of the fort, the commandant of the frontier-fort, the forest STRATEGIC CULTURE / 13 chieftain, too, and that also in his own territory.

And were these the only challenges? An explanation is necessary. For the entire period of British rule, policy about the defence of India and its external relations had been the preserve, total and exclusive, of the British alone, and that too from Whitehall. No Indian was involved in conceptualizing foreign and defence policies; or even in subsequent strategic planning. In 1947, the resource pool, therefore, of thought, talent and personnel specializing in these fields was almost entirely non-existent.

But one thought merits attention. It is this twining of the historical and geographical (senses) that has contributed to a such a sharp and clear response to the invasion and annexation of parts of Kashmir. However, this is not so in the case of the dispute in the North-East and Ladakh with the People's Republic of China. That is why the proposition that historically India is not a fact, more an idea is so routinely made: 18 / DEFENDING INDIA Even today, despite the fact that it has acquired the lineaments of a State, even a Nation-State (the qualifying attribute being a matter of disputation).

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