"Given the way the scenario across our borders with Pakistan and China has
been unfolding, and with the war hysteria that is being whipped up
relentiessly in the media of both India and Pakistan; It must be evident to
every citizen that war clouds are looming large over the horizon.
Besides a host of imponderables characterstic of any war, India's strategic
position in the next war will be complicated by three factors. The first is
that a nuclear-armed Pakistan would not let itself be subjected to a
decisive defeat of the 1971 type war at any cost. The second is that the
Chinese not only have a much higher overall military potential than us,
they are, in contrast to Pakistan, not likely to get pressurized by the
Americans. The third is that we could indeed face even a two-front war.
Altogether, the next likely war poses very difficult challenges.
It would be suicidal to assume that future military crises on the
subcontinent would follow the same script as in the past conflicts. In the
next war, we must expect the unexpected. There is no reason to believe that
whatever is too horrible cannot happen. The truth is that even a nuclear
war can take place and, if we have to survive that and emerge victorious,
we must be prepared for that. Above all, we must not forget that wars are
not won by military hardware alone; it has to be necessarily a national
efffort. Armies win battles; Its' nations that win wars. Strategic planning
by one school of thought derives its precepts and lessons from historical
experience; the other school places its trust in the power of military
technology. Fact is, both schools are imperfect and hence a hybrid, more
inclusive modelling is necessary-- an approach developed in this book.
This book demystifes the complex yet vital subject of India's military
concerns in a most authoritative manner and opens it up for serious.
responsible public discussion and debate.
This is an extremely useful book for defence policy-makers, media persons,
military officers, defence analysts, students/researchers of military
science/defence and strategic studies, and every citizen interested in the
futute of India."
1. War Clouds over India, Pakistan and China
2. Strategic Peculiarities, Problems and Advantages of the Three Countries
3. Comparative Study of the Armed Forces of the Three Countries
4. The Real Face of Wars : Separating Facts from Fiction
5. What Decides Victory or Defeat in Conventional Warfare?
6. A Conventional War with Pakistan
7. Factors which would Necessarily Make the War Tortuous
8. Nuclear Concerns and Strategies of India and Pakistan
9. Indian Nightmare of the Pakistani Tactical Nuclear Weapons
10. How and Why a Limited Nuclear War is Indeed Possible?
11. War with China
12. The War at Sea
13. Two-Front and Two-and a Half-Front War
14. Chinese Nuclear Arsenal
15. Nuclear War with China
16. Why India as a Nation Might not Win a War even as Its Armed Forces
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