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, it’s 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 think tanks and policymakers.
Table of Contents
Harsh V. Pant
Section 1: Soldier, State and Society in India
- The Indian Army: 1700s-1947
- Indian Civil-Military Relations: An Overview
- Indian Society and the Soldier: Will the Twain Ever Meet?
Section 2: Military and Foreign Policy
- India and the Changing Nature of War: Gradual Incrementalism?
Yogesh Joshi and Harsh V. Pant
- Military as an instrument of India’s foreign policy: An Expanding Footprint
Sushant K. Singh
- India’s Erratic Defence Diplomacy: In Need of a Booster Dose
Nitin A. Gokhale
- India’s Counter Terror Diplomacy: Strategy and Outcome
Section 3: The Services
- The Indian Army: Evolution in the Age of Nuclear Weapons and Terrorism
- Evolution of the Indian Navy: Towards a ‘Maritime Awakening’?
- Indian Air Force: Persuasive in Peace, Effective in War
- Evolution of Jointness in Indian Defence Forces: Stuck Between the Services
Section 4: Doctrines
- Indian Army’s flagship doctrines: Need for Strategic Guidance
- The Indian Navy’s Doctrinal Evolution: Between Deterrence and Denial
Manjeet S. Pardesi
- Doctrinal Evolution in the Indian Air Force: Towards a Strategic Future
Section 5: Defence Versus Development
- Changing Contours of Indian Defence Expenditure: Past as Prologue?
Laxman Kumar Behera
- Defence Procurement in India: Challenges Abound
Section 6: Internal Security
- Islamist Terrorism in India: A Hybrid Threat
- Bullet Holes in Village Walls: India's Naxalite Challenge
- Insurgencies in India's Northeast: Rise, Fall and the Rise?
Bibhu Prasad Routray
Section 7: Institutional Infrastructure
- The Evolution in India’s National Security Apparatus: Persisting Structural Deficiencies
Frank O’ Donnell and Harsh V. Pant
- The Indian Intelligence System: Meeting the Challenges of a New World
- The Indian Police: Need for Reinvention
- Para Military Forces and Central Armed Police Forces of India: Punching Below Their Capabilities
- Professional Military Education in India: Towards a New Architecture
Section 8: Nuclear Weapons and Space
- Nuclear Weapons in India’s Defence Policy: Achieving Conventional-Nuclear Synergy Verghese Koithara
- Space Security and Missile Defence: Towards Greater Pragmatism
Rajeswari P. Rajagopalan
- India’s Cyber Defence Capabilities: Their Role in Net-Centric Warfare