By Jaswant Singh (auth.)

Defending India makes an attempt to comprehensively examine the administration of conflicts and protection demanding situations confronted by means of India in the course of its first part century as a unfastened nation. The ebook is exclusive in being either the 1st in its style and in addition in that it's been authored by means of a favourite Indian public determine, a parliamentarian of excessive status, and a senior member of the current govt in New Delhi. This e-book plumbs the resources of Indian strategic tradition and proposal, the evolution of its militia, the administration of conflicts some time past 50 years (some 37 in all), and in addition to analyzing India's defence expenditure styles, the writer additionally addresses huimself to the demanding situations that India faces sooner or later. whereas proposing a brand new perception into the final 50 years, protecting India additionally indicates crucial structural adjustments for the future.

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It sustains, supports, directs, and governs the daily life and behavioural patterns of around a billion human beings, of whom 850 million live in India. From its womb have been born Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism - three great religions. 'Hinduism has influenced the semitic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam',4 too, during the many centuries that these great faiths have found a place in India. Besides here still continue to find shelter the sun-worshipping Zoroastrians. For our purpose, however, an exhaustive treatise on Hinduism STRATEGIC CULTURE / 5 is not central.

More than once I said to him that the weakness in his policies was that he thought that the whole country consisted of Jawaharlal Nehrus. His answer, of course, was that he was not fool enough to believe in such a thing. But the fact nevertheless remains that he continued to trust the words 24 / DEFENDING INDIA of his countrymen as well as those of the world. The reference of Kashmir to the U. N. was a typical case of his trust in the goodness and honesty of humanity. His economic policy, his foreign policy and consequently his defence policy was based less on a cool, calm assessment of facts giving due weight age to human greed and human deceit than on idealismY The independence of India on 15 August 1947 was an event of major global significance.

The answer has to be yes. There was one other failure, rather curious, of great long-term significance; that which could have altered the course of the history - of the entire subcontinent. It is, of course, speculative and benefits from time - distance also lending post-facto clarity to analysis - yet it is worthy of thought. I refer to the Atlantic Charter which had been proclaimed by Truman on 12 March 1947. The Indian leadership must have read the reports 30 / DEFENDING INDIA of it; certainly Pandit Nehru who had maintained a deep interest in international developments during the inter-war years.

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