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The Armed Forces of Independent India: 1947-2006

Kaushik Roy (Author)
Synopsis The Indian Army with one million men is the third largest in the world. The Indian Air Force is the second biggest Aerial Armada in Afro-Asia. And the Indian Navy is the most powerful Naval Force among the Indian Ocean states. To cap it all, India's nuclear arsenal is the sixth largest in the world. In this monograph, an attempt has been made to analyse the historical evolution of independent India's armed forces. The development of the armed forces as an institution, its nature, purpose and the formulation of doctrines as regards the functions of the Indian military are the central concerns of this volume. It also opens up the question regarding the nature of the Indian state.

The methodology followed is an amalgam of organizational culture analysis and history of idea approach. In order to assess India's success in harnessing military prowess vis a vis other developing countries, a comparative methodology is followed . A proper evaluation of the Indian Armed Forces' combat effectiveness is impossible without a detailed analysis of the militaries of Pakistan and China. The rigorous analysis of the empirical data will probably provide the Indian strategic managers with some policy relevance. The present volume besides catering to the military officers, strategic analysts and the various institutions specializing in security studies would also be of interest to political scientists and the students of contemporary history.
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About the author

Kaushik Roy

Kaushik Roy, who specializes in the military history of India, is a Junior Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Studies. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. His articles have been published in journals like War in History, and Journal of Military History. He is the author of From Hydaspes to Kargil: A History of Warfare in India.

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Title The Armed Forces of Independent India: 1947-2006
Author Kaushik Roy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173047787
length 404p.,