Indian Military Thought: Kurukshetra to Kargil and Future Perspectives

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Lancer Publishers & Distributors, 2011 - History - 681 pages
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The title aspires to present a panorama of India's yet to be fully discovered martial heritage, denoted by its unconquerable ancient epoch, a critique of the generally misread medieval age vicissitudes, followed by a survey of the contemporary and postindependence travails and triumphs. Not a historical narrative, it attempts to define what constitutes India's natural-born military mind, how it evolved and breasted the world-conquering armies, followed by critical glimpses of past ordeals, and its uncelebrated defiance and conquests. The venture culminates in defining the nation's prospective defense and development policy imperatives, for its emerging global role. It is rare to find, in one volume, India's scintillating perspective on the past, present, and future. It fills a gap by covering a wide range of archeological, historical, politico-military, sociocultural, and strategic and warfare issues, and dispels certain myths, that tend to demean India's way of life.

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Kuldip Singh, after serving in the army, had an early breakthrough in the form of the successful launch of his maiden publication, Overcoming Crisis in Leadership in 1998, and its selection for issue to all universities, major defense establishments, and central libraries, by the central government. Encouraged, he undertook scrutiny of India's yet-to-be-disclosed validated account of the postindependence wars. With the Kargil conflict erupting around the same time, the author also began a special study on what motivates men in combat. During interaction with war veterans, the author began to question why, if this heroic showing was truly reflective of the inherent mettle of Indian warriors, had India suffered medieval age drubbings?” This persisting question further enlarged the scope of the scrutiny.

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