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Fragile Frontiers

The Secret History of Mumbai Terror Attacks, 1st Edition

By Saroj Kumar Rath

Routledge India

384 pages

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Critical questions remain unanswered on the events of the cold-blooded and devastating terror attacks in Mumbai on 26 November 2008. Investigative and introspective, this book offers a lucid and graphic account of the ill-fated day and traces the changing dynamics of terror in South Asia.

Using new insights, it explores South Asia’s regional dynamics of antagonism, the ever-present challenge to the frontiers of India, Pakistan and the terrorism question, the strife in Afghanistan and the self-serving selective US ‘war on terror’. This will be an engaging read for those interested in defence, security and strategic studies, politics, international relations, peace and conflict studies, and South Asian studies as well as the general reader.


‘Saroj Kumar Rath’s Fragile Frontiers stands head and shoulders above other books on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Despite his thorough research the intimate details and his easy style make this book read like a thriller. But the seriousness of the facts about the terrorists’ strength and India’s unpreparedness that he has unearthed makes it compulsory reading for anybody interested in India’s security.’Nayan Chanda,Editor-in-chief, YaleGlobal Online and author of Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers and Warriors Shaped Globalization, Yale University, New Haven

‘Saroj Kumar Rath is that rare breed of thinker who combines the capacity to capture the details and immediacy of a significant event the way a journalist can, but who can analyze and assess that event's importance, both nationally and geopolitically, only the way a seasoned analyst and academic can. In this book, he has brought new and compelling insight into the Mumbai massacre.’— David Plott, Managing Editor,Global Asia, Seoul

‘In Fragile Frontiers, Saroj Kumar Rath painstakingly reconstructs the tumultuous days of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, from its initial stages to the attack itself to the highly publicized trial. He cuts through the confusion and misreporting to deliver a clear and sobering look at one of the major geopolitical events of the new century, making it essential reading for scholars and the policy community.’— Anand Gopal,Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow,New America Foundation, Washington DC,Formerly with The Wall Street Journal

‘Saroj Kumar Rath has ventured into the tricky territory of contemporary history and the even trickier field of terrorism in this account of Mumbai attacks of 2008. Fragile Frontiers will attract debate, vigorous discussion and no doubt disagreement on both the causes of terrorism and the specific motivations that led to the Mumbai attacks.’— David Walker, Eminent Historian and Chair of Australian Studies,Peking University, Beijing

Table of Contents

Glossary. Foreword Professor Chikako Taya. Acknowledgements. Maps. Introduction 1. India’s Fragile Frontiers Through the Prism of History 2. LeT: From Regional to Global 3. Prelude to Mumbai 4. Mumbai Outraged 5. The After Effect 6. The Motives Behind Mumbai 7. The Prosecution 8. The Afghan Conflict, Pakistan Conundrum and India’s Future Security. Notes. Select Bibliography. About the Author. Index

About the Author

Saroj Kumar Rath is Assistant Professor of History, Department of History, Sri Aurobindo College (Eve), University of Delhi, India.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Intelligence
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies