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The Routledge Handbook of Indian Defence Policy

Themes, Structures and Doctrines

Edited by: Harsh V. Pant

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367370282
eBook ISBN: 9780429352386
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The Routledge Handbook of Indian Defence Policy brings together the most eminent scholarship in South Asia on India?s defence policy and contemporary military history. It maps India?s political and military profile in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region, and analyses its emergence as a global player.

This edition of the handbook:

  • Canvasses over 60 years of Indian defence policy, its relation to India?s rising global economic profile, as well as foreign policy shifts;
  • Discusses several key debates that have shaped defence strategies through the years: military doctrine and policy, internal and external security challenges, terrorism and insurgencies;
  • Explores the origins of the modern armed forces in India; evolution of the army, navy and air forces; investments in professional military education, intelligence and net-centric warfare, reforms in paramilitary forces and the Indian police;
  • Comments on India?s contemporary strategic interests, focusing on the rise of China, nuclearisation of India and Pakistan?s security establishments, and developments in space security and missile defence.?

Taking stock of India?s defence planning architecture over the past decade, this accessibly written handbook will be an indispensable resource for scholars and researchers of security and defence studies, international relations and political science, as well as for government thinktanks and policymakers.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Indian Army Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Indian civil-military relations Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Indian society and the soldier Download PDF
Chapter  5:  India and the changing nature of war Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Military as an instrument of India’s foreign policy Download PDF
Chapter  7:  India’s erratic defence diplomacy Download PDF
Chapter  8:  India’s counterterror diplomacy Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The Indian Army Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Evolution of the Indian Navy Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Indian Air Force Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Evolution of jointness in Indian defence forces Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Indian Army’s flagship doctrines Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Indian Navy’s doctrinal evolution Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Doctrinal evolution in the Indian Air Force Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Changing contours of Indian defence expenditure Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Defence procurement in India Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Islamist terrorism in India Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Bullet holes in village walls  Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Insurgencies in India’s northeast Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The evolution in India’s national security apparatus Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Indian intelligence system Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The Indian police Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Paramilitary forces and central armed police forces of India Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Professional military education in India Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Nuclear weapons in India’s defence policy Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Space security and missile defence Download PDF
Chapter  28:  India’s cyber defence capabilities Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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