This book gives readers an in-depth and up-to-date account of India’s external and internal threats in a deteriorating global security environment. It shows that while partnerships with some countries have strengthened, anxieties persist with others such as China and Pakistan. Similarly, India has not been able to cope with the challenges of internal security emerging from violence in Kashmir, insurgency in the north-east, to mention a few.
Problems of global terrorism and global warming stare us in the face. Tensions between major powers, threats and counter-threats between major and middle powers, and international hotspots like Georgia and Afghanistan remind us that there is intense competition for strategic space. India as an upcoming power is treading its path carefully and is developing meaningful partnerships with all major powers.
China’s reluctance to proceed further in resolving the boundary dispute with India, its reported incursions on the borders and its rapid military modernisation has caused anxiety in India. India is nevertheless upgrading its military capability to meet any Chinese threat.
Pakistan’s lack of adequate action in punishing those responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack and its reluctance to destroy the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan has put a question mark on the future of India Pakistan relations. These and various other threats and challenges are discussed in this volume, latest in a unique series with contributions from academics, political commentators and military personnel.
Table of Contents
Part 1: National Security Review 1. National Security Environment Satish Kumar 2. India’s Neighbourhood (i) Sri Lanka: Post War Politics V. Suryanarayan (ii) Security Situation in Afghanistan Arun Sahgal (iii) Iran: A Strategic Profile K.C. Singh (iv) Myanmar and India’s Security K. Yhome (v) Political Situation in Nepal Yubaraj Ghimire 3. Relations with Asia, Africa and Latin America INSAR Research Staff 4. Sino-Indian Relations: Recent Developments V.C. Khanna 5. Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Operations Wilson John 6. India’s Strategic Partnership with Russia Kanwal Sibal 7. India’s Defence and Security Initiatives INSAR Research Staff Part 2: National Security Threats and Challenges 8. India’s Economic Security Chandrajit Banerjee 9. NPT, CTBT, FMCT and the Future Manpreet Sethi 10. Missile Capabilities of China, Pakistan and Iran S. Chandrashekar 11. Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons Shalini Chawla 12. Evolving Groupings in East Asia Sudhir Devare 13. India and Climate Change Shyam Saran 14. Water Security Uttam Kumar Sinha 15. National Security System Evolution S.D. Pradhan Part 3: National Security Index Part 4: Basic Statistics Part 5: Chronology of Major Events 2009. Index
Satish Kumar is Former Professor of Diplomacy at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.