Indias Military Modernization: Challenges and Prospects

Hardcover | January 16, 2014

EditorRajesh Basrur, Ajaya Kumar Das, Manjeet S. Pardesi

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The end of the Cold War era marked a watershed in India's strategic history as it began to shift its strategic worldview from that of a relatively weak player with a defensive worldview to that of a more confident emerging power. The pros and cons of India's power potential have been debatedat length in terms of its economic capacities, its expanding strategic horizons, and its internal strengths and weaknesses. But there has been relatively little detailed investigation of its military forces and the ways in which they have responded to the changing environment. This book aims to lookclosely at the modernization of the Indian armed forces and to ask:* How have the Indian armed forces sought to mould themselves in response to the demands of an entirely new strategic setting? * How do they view their roles in an increasingly complex world marked by a tightening web of interactions and its attendant frictions? * Is the process of modernization under way in tune with the needs of the armed forces and the overall strategic approach of policy makers?

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The end of the Cold War era marked a watershed in India's strategic history as it began to shift its strategic worldview from that of a relatively weak player with a defensive worldview to that of a more confident emerging power. The pros and cons of India's power potential have been debatedat length in terms of its economic capacities...

Rajesh Basrur is Professor of International Relations; Coordinator, South Asia Programme; and Coordinator, MSc International Relations Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Ajaya Kumar Das is a Senior Analyst at the South Asia Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of I...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:346 pages, 8.75 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:January 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgements1. Rajesh Basrur, Ajaya Kumar Das, and Manjeet S. Pardesi: Introduction2. Ashok Sawhney: The Navy in India's Socio-Economic Growth and Development3. Pramod K. Mehra: The Indian Air Force Tomorrow: Challenges4. Gurmeet Kanwal: India's Nuclear Forces: Doctrine and Operationalization5. Richard A. Bitzinger: Indian Defence Industry: Struggling with Change6. Ron Matthews and Alma Lozano: India's Defence Acquisition and Offset Strategy7. Bibhu Prasad Routray: Internal Security Challenges and the Role of the Central Armed Police Forces8. Anit Mukherjee: Civil-Military Relations and Military Effectiveness in India9. Manjeet S. Pardesi: The Indo-US Defence Relationship: Prospects and Limitations10. P. L. Dash: Indo-Russian Defence Ties: An Overdependence DilemmaPrakash Menon: Afterword: India's Military as a StabilizerAbout the Editors and ContributorsIndex