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Handbook of Indian Defence Policy

Themes, structures and doctrines

Edited by: Harsh V. Pant

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138939608
eBook ISBN: 9781315674742
Adobe ISBN: 9781317380092

10.4324/9781315674742
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Book description

India has the world’s fourth largest military and one of the biggest defence budgets. It asserts its political and military profile in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region. The nation has been in the midst of an ambitious plan to modernize its largely Soviet-era arms since the late 1990s and has spent billions of dollars on latest high-tech military technology.

This handbook:

  • canvasses over 60 years of Indian defence policy and the major debates that have shaped it;
  • discusses several key themes such as the origins of the modern armed forces in India; military doctrine and policy; internal and external challenges; and nuclearization and its consequences;
  • includes contributions by well-known scholars, experts in the field and policymakers; and
  • provides an annotated bibliography for further research.

Presented in an accessible format, this lucidly 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 think tanks 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:  The Indian Army Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Evolution of the Indian Navy Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Indian Air Force Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Evolution of jointness in Indian defence forces Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Indian Army’s flagship doctrines Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The Indian Navy’s doctrinal evolution Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Doctrinal evolution in the Indian Air Force Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Changing contours of Indian defence expenditure Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Defence procurement in India Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Islamist terrorism in India Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Bullet holes in village walls  Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Insurgencies in India’s north-east Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The evolution in India’s national security apparatus Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The Indian intelligence system Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Indian police Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Paramilitary forces and central armed police forces of India Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Nuclear weapons in India’s defence policy Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Space security and missile defence Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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