The Indian Express has called it "perhaps the most important book to come out on India’s armed forces in recent years." You can read the complete review here.
Army and Nation draws on uniquely comprehensive data to
explore how and why India has succeeded in keeping the military out of
politics, when so many other countries have failed. It uncovers the
command and control strategies, the careful ethnic balancing, and the
political, foreign policy, and strategic decisions that have made the
army safe for Indian democracy. Wilkinson goes further to ask whether,
in a rapidly changing society, these structures will survive the
current national conflicts over caste and regional representation in
New Delhi, as well as India’s external and strategic challenges. This
is the most important book to have appeared on the Indian armed forces
in more than four decades.
On 19th March 2015, 6.30 pm,
India International Centre, Delhi, the author will give an illustrated lecture on his book, and Srinath Raghavan will chair. The event is open to all, please come.
Steven I. Wilkinson is Nilekani Professor of India
and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and
International Affairs at Yale University.
Srinath Raghavan is author of the acclaimed books, War and Peace in Modern India and 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh. He is Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and Lecturer in Defence Studies at King’s College London.
Hardback| 304 pp| Rs 795
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