The book is about Civil-Military cohesion and India’s ancient strategic culture. It analyses the security architecture of India dealing with external security with an aim to enhance its effectiveness. Civil–Military relations is an important aspect which affects the external security of the country. The approach to understanding Civil–Military relations has generally utilised Western theoretical constructs. The book follows a different approach. It utilises India’s ancient strategic culture to understand India’s inherent strengths and weaknesses.
India is an ancient civilisation with a great strategic culture which spans many millennia. While the structure of the military may be what India inherited from the British, but the ethos of soldiering is what has evolved from the Vedic and the Epic periods. The book analyses the deficiencies in India’s present security architecture and suggests a structure which amalgamates the past and the present. It utilises Civil–Military cohesion to suggest an external security architecture, which provides a comprehensive, whole of nation approach to national security. This structure based on Civil–Military integration provides an option not only for the present but also for the timeless lessons that India’s past teaches us.
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