In his first speech after taking office, Pakistan's new army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, urged officers to read ARMY AND NATION by STEVE WILKINSON, reports Salman Masood in The Nation.
ISLAMABAD - The gathering of senior army officers of Rawalpindi
Garrison sat alert in the General Headquarters auditorium and listened
to their chief intently. It was the last week of December and Gen Qamar
Javed Bajwa, the army chief, had been into the top job just weeks
earlier. The general delivered his first speech – an articulation of his
vision – as the new army chief in a poised manner and communicated it
to his officers in unequivocal terms. The army has no business trying to
run the government, the general said. The army must remain within its
constitutionally defined role, he stressed. Gen Bajwa also alluded that
an impression of a competition between the civilians and the military is
counter-productive for the country. And, apart from other professional
advice, he urged officers to read a book “Army and Nation”, written by
Steven I Wilkinson.
The almost 300-page book makes for an interesting reading as it
details why the democratic process in India has been a success.
Wilkinson, a professor of Political Science and International Relations
at Yale University, explores the command and control strategies, the
careful ethnic balancing and political, foreign policy and strategic
decisions that made the army not to interfere in Indian democracy...
Read the rest of the report here in The Nation.
Read a review of the book here in The Indian Express
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