This book examines India’s naval strategy within the context of Asian regional security.
Amidst the intensifying geopolitical contestation in the waters of Asia, this book investigates the growing strategic salience of the Indian Navy. Delhi’s expanding economic and military strength has generated a widespread debate on India’s prospects for shaping the balance of power in Asia. This volume provides much needed texture to the abstract debate on India’s rise by focusing on the changing nature of India’s maritime orientation, the recent evolution of its naval strategy, and its emerging defence diplomacy. In tracing the drift of the Navy from the margins of Delhi’s national security consciousness to a central position, analysing the tension between its maritime possibilities and the continentalist mind set, and in examining the gap between the growing external demands for its security contributions and internal ambivalence, this volume offers rare insights into India’s strategic direction at a critical moment in the nation’s evolution. By examining the internal and external dimensions of the Indian naval future, both of which are in dynamic flux, the essays here help a deeper understanding of India’s changing international possibilities and its impact on Asian and global security.
This book will be of much interest to students of naval strategy, Asian politics, security studies and IR, in general.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction, Anit Mukherjee and C. Raja Mohan Part I: The Making of India’s Naval Strategy 2. India’s Maritime Strategy, Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan 3. Tomorrow or Yesterday’s Fleet? The Indian Navy’s Operational Challenges, Iskander Luke Rehman 4. In the Far Seas: Projecting India’s Naval Power, Abhijit Singh 5. The Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier: The Andaman and Nicobar Command, Anit Mukherjee 6. India’s Naval Diplomacy: the Unfinished Transitions, C. Raja Mohan Part II: The External Dimensions of India’s Naval Strategy 7. India in the US Naval Strategy, Timothy D. Hoyt 8. “New Normal” in the Indo-Pacific: Sino-Indian Maritime Security Dilemma, Koh Swee Lean Collin 9. Looming Over the Horizon: Japan’s Naval Engagement with India, Tomoko Kiyota 10. A Sea of Opportunity: Southeast Asia’s Growing Naval Cooperation with India, Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto 11. India and Regional Maritime Security, Sam Bateman 12. India's Naval Moment, Anit Mukherjee and C. Raja Mohan
Anit Mukherjee is an Assistant Professor in the South Asia Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
C. Raja Mohan is a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India, and leads the Strategic Studies Initiative of the Foundation. He has published several books, including Samudra Manthan: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific (2013).
'Overall, the book is a valuable compilation of relevant chapters written by respected academics and uniformed personnel. The information that one obtains from it is current and up-to-date... The editors of the book should be commended for successfully compiling a valuable volume which should be read by all layers of society.'
Sharifah Munirah Syed Hussein Alatas, National University of Malaysia, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region