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Terror and Containment Perspectives of India’s Internal Security

K.P.S. Gill (Editor) Ajai Sahni (Editor)
Synopsis The geopolitics of South Asia makes it one of the most dangerous places to live in today. The collapse of the Soviet Union has destabilized long-established cold war equations and unleashed violent processes of transformation, of jockeying for power and control, and of neo-colonial and political adventurism. Terrorism is at the heart of the new paradigms of covert aggression that underlies these processes, and this scourge is spreading across the Indian sub-continent in an ever-widening arc that constitutes an immense threat, specifically to the security, stability and integrity of the nations within this region, and to world peace in general. The challenge confronting India demands a systematic approach to terrorism premised on the clear and certain realization that there are no quick and easy short cuts to resolving the problem. What is required, consequently, is an understanding, not only to the immediate ground situation and the proximate alignment of forces, but of the larger context of each crisis, of the ideological and strategic perspectives of the parties in conflict, and of the imperatives of history. These are the demands of the new ;great game’ that is afoot in South and Central Asia today. The players in this venture recognize neither law nor convention, nor, indeed, international borders or national sovereignty. And they are as cynical, as dangerous and as ambitious as the colonial adventurers who embarked on the other ‘great game’ in this region more than a century ago. Worse, they and their surrogates are armed with weapons that are infinitely more destructive. This book examines many of the deeper linkages, the less obvious implication of a range of terrorist movements, low-intensity wars and internal conflicts in India today.
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About the authors

K.P.S. Gill

K.P.S. Gill led the war against terrorism in Punjab during his tenure as Director General of Police, and it was under his direction that the movement for Khalistan was finally and comprehensively defeated. He is credited with radical strategic innovations in counter-terrorist operations, and an extraordinary understanding of the psyche of the people of Punjab, which contributed directly to what was, after he took over, a remarkably swift operation and a decisive victory. An officer of the Indian Police Service (1957 Batch) from the Assam cadre, he had already tackled terrorism and political turbulence in North-East during his tenure spanning over 25 years in the region. He also served as Director-General, Central Reserve Police Force; Inspector General, Border Security Force, Jammu; and Inspector General of Police, Meghalaya. Having retired from police force, hei s now the President of the Institute for Conflict Management, Publisher and Editor of Faultlines: Writings on Conflict and Resolution, President of the Indian Hockey Federation and Vice-President, Asian Hockey Federation. He has also served as a Member of the National Security Advisory Board. This is his second book.

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Ajai Sahni

Dr. Ajai Sahni is the Executive Editor of Faultlines: Writings on Conflict and Resolution, and the Executive Director of the Institute for Conflict Management, and of the South Asia Terrorism Portal. As a media professional, he has extensively covered a wide range of issues relating to development and conflict in India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Terror and Containment Perspectives of India’s Internal Security
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121207126
length 368p., Notes; References; Index; 22cm.