Monday, 25 November 2019

Preface and Acknowledgements

In this book compilation I have put together my book chapter contributions to various edited
publications in order to get the perspectives presented under one set of covers. Taken together,
they strengthen the liberal perspective in strategic studies. I have been in my writings that are
of shorter length, such as commentaries, opinion pieces and analysis, been a votary of the
liberal world view and have tried to make the liberal case when discussing issues in matters
of regional and national security. I have compiled the eight hundred and more such pieces in
eight other books. I have also put together my articles and essays published in peer reviewed
journals into a book. This book contains my chapter length works, tackling the same themes I
have engaged with consistently – nuclear and conventional doctrine; counter insurgency; India-
Pakistan equations; Kashmir etc.
I recommend these chapters be read alongside my other writings to gain a measure of why
and how the liberal position has advantages for a continental sized country like India and for
the South Asian region of which India is a major part. I trust the student community, academic
peers, fellow former practitioners, and interested readers in India and Pakistan, will find the
effort useful.
I thank the editors of various volumes in which these chapters were included for giving me an
opportunity to present my views. This shows they were already keen on the point of view finding
a place in their edited work, which is to their credit. It is befitting that the Asokan tradition stays
alive and well in India, that is otherwise inundated with writings drawing on and inspired by the
Chanakyan tradition.
I would like to thank the team at CinnamonTeal, lead by Queenie Fernandes, for her overseeing
the production into book for my many books with the publishing house.
I have dedicated this book to my son. I hope his generation benefits from any good coming out
of the book in terms of furthering peace and harmony in India and South Asia.

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Indian Army’s Flagship Doctrines: Need for Strategic Guidance in Harsh Pant (ed.),
Doctrine Handbook, Routledge, 2015, ISBN-978-1-138-93960-8
Does India think Strategically? Searching Military Doctrines for Answers in
Happymon Jacob (ed.), Does India think strategically?, Australia-India Institute,
2014, ISBN 9350980398
Indian Strategic Culture the Pakistan Dimension in Indian Strategic Culture: The
Pakistan dimension in Krishnappa, Bajpai et al. (eds.), India’s Grand Strategy:
History, Theory, Cases, Taylor and Francis, 2014, ISBN-978-0-415-73965-8
India’s Nuclear Doctrine: Stasis or Dynamism? in Brig. Naeem Salik (ed.)
(forthcoming), India’s Habituation With the Bomb - 1998-2018
The Nuclear Domain: In Irreverance in Mohammed BadrulAlam, Perspectives On
Nuclear Strategy Of India, And Pakistan, Kalpaz Publications, Delhi, India, 2013,
Nuclear Doctrine and Conflict in Krishnappa and Princy George (eds.), India’s
Grand Strategy 2020 and Beyond, IDSA, Pentagon Security International, 2012,
AFSPA in Light of Humanitarian Law in Vivek Chadha, Armed Forces Special
Powers Act: The Debate, IDSA Monograph Series No. 7, 2012, ISBN-978-81-7095-
Countering Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir: Debates in the Indian Army in
Maroof Raza (ed.), Confronting Terrorism, New Delhi: Penguin Books, 2009, ISBN-
Applicability of Sub-Conventional Operations Doctrine to Counterinsurgency in
Assam in Bhattacharya, R. and S. Pulipaka (eds.), Perilous Journey : Debates on
Security and Development in Assam, New Delhi: Manohar, 2011, ISBN-978-81-
UN Peacekeeping Operations: Leveraging India’s Forte in IDSA Task Force, Net
Security Provider: India’s Out-of-Area Contingency Operations, 2012, ISBN-978-
India 2030: With History as Guide in Lele, A. and N. Goswami (eds.), Asia 2030:The
Unfolding Future, New Delhi: Lancer 2011, ISBN-1-935501-22-4