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India's Wars: A Military History, 1947-1971

Arjun Subramaniam (Author)

The armed forces play a key role in protecting India and occupy a special place in people’s hearts. Yet, standard accounts of contemporary Indian history rarely have a military dimension. In India’s Wars, serving Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam, who has a Ph.D in Defence and Strategic Studies, seeks to give India’s military exploits their rightful place in history. Beginning with a snapshot of the growth of the armed forces, he provides detailed accounts of the conflicts from Independence to 1971: the first India-Pakistan war of 1947-48, the liberation of Hyderabad and Junagadh, the campaign to evict the Portuguese from Goa in 1961, and the full-blown wars against China and Pakistan. At the same time, India’s Wars is much more than a record of events. It is a tribute to the valour of the men and women in olive green, white and blue in the hope that it reaches out to a large audience, specially the youth. It highlights ways to improve the synergy between the three services, as too emphasizes the need to declassify material about national security. Laced with veterans’ exhilarating experiences in combat operations, India’s Wars fuses the strategic, operational, tactical and human dimensions of war with great finesse. Deeply researched and passionately written, it unfolds with surprising ease and offers a fresh perspective on independent India’s history.

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About the author

Arjun Subramaniam

Group Captain Arjun Subramaniam was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF in December 1981.  He is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) and National Defence Academy.  An experienced fighter pilot with over 3000 hours on various types of fighter aircraft that include two variants of the MiG-21 and the Mirage-2000, he is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has commanded a Mig-21 Squadron.  He has also been the Chief Operations Officer of a SU-30 base and is presently a senior faculty member at The Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

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Title India's Wars: A Military History, 1947-1971
Format Softcover
Date published: 20.05.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789351777496
length xi+562p., 28 Pages of Plates; Illustrations; 23cm.
Subjects History