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India's Doctrine Puzzle

Limiting War in South Asia, 1st Edition

By Ali Ahmed

Routledge India

260 pages

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The balance of power in South Asia is tenuous. Neighbouring states with nuclear arsenal pose a serious threat in times of conflict and the danger of escalation into a nuclear holocaust in South are ever-present.

This book locates the change in India’s war doctrine at the turn of the century, following the Kargil War in 1999 between India and Pakistan. It examines how war policy was shaped by the threat posed by India’s neighbours and the need for greater strategic assertion. It also reveals that this change was forced by the military’s need to adapt itself to the nuclear age. Finally, it raises questions of whether the Limited War doctrine has made India more secure.

An astute analysis of not only India’s military strategy but also of military doctrine in general, this book will be valuable to scholars and researchers of defence and strategic studies, international relations, peace and conflict studies, South Asia studies as well as government and military institutions.


‘Ali Ahmed has analysed the drivers and consequences of the operational concepts which have evolved—and are still evolving—after the experience of the Kargil conflict. He makes a bold attempt to look into the operational future . . . Ahmed’s fascinating study will form a useful input for military, strategic and political elites in coming to decisions in future.’ — Lt. Gen. (Retd.) V. R. Raghavan, President, Centre for Security Analysis, Chennai and Advisor, Delhi Policy Group, New Delhi

Table of Contents

Foreword Lt. Gen. (Retd.) V. R. Raghavan. Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Puzzling Over Doctrine 2. The Limited War Concept 3. Doctrinal Change 4. The Structural Factor 5. The Political Factor 6. The Organisational Factor 7. The Puzzle Resolved? Bibliography. About the Author. Index

About the Author

Ali Ahmed is Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / Nuclear Warfare
HISTORY / Military / Strategy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General