Indian Armed Forces

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Lancer Publishers & Distributors, 2008 - History - 168 pages
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India's armed forces comprise the world's second largest army, the fourth largest air force, the eighth largest navy, and the largest coast guard in the northern Indian Ocean. In their respective domains, these four services are entrusted with the security of the air space above India, of more than 14,000 kilometers of land borders, 7,500 kilometers of coastline, 156,000 kilometers of shore line, and an exclusive economic zone of two million square kilometers. In its sixty-year postcolonial history, India's army, navy, and air force have fought five wars, one against China and four against Pakistan. Every year, these armed services provide succor to thousands of people when rivers overflow their banks, when cyclones devastate coastal districts, and when occasional tsunamis and earthquakes maroon hundreds of thousands of people. Overseas, India has been a leading contributor to the United Nations peace-keeping missions. This book provides an excellent overview by veterans who served with honor in India's armed forces.

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Bharat Verma, a former cavalry officer, is editor of the Indian Defence Review, frequently appears on television as a commentator, and is the author of the books Fault Lines and Indian Armed Forces. He attended the Scindia School, Gwalior, which equipped me with extraordinarily diverse skills. He was determined to join the Indian Army, and during his time at Indore Christian College, he was fascinated by political science and geopolitics. He joined the 69 Armoured Regiment and later transferred to the 84 Armoured Regiment. He credits his military training for his extraordinary independence.

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