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War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years #2020

War and Peace in Modern India A Strategic History of the Nehru Years During his seventeen years as prime minister JawaharlalNehru led India through one of its most difficult and potentially explosive periods in international affairs As the leader of a new state create

  • Title: War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years
  • Author: Srinath Raghavan
  • ISBN: 8178242575
  • Page: 248
  • Format: None
  • War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years By Srinath Raghavan, During his seventeen years as prime minister, JawaharlalNehru led India through one of its most difficult and potentially explosive periods in international affairs As the leader of a new state created amidst the bloodiest partition in history, saddled with new and outstanding problems, Nehru was confronted with a range of disputes which threatened to boil over Srinath RDuring his seventeen years as prime minister, JawaharlalNehru led India through one of its most difficult and potentially explosive periods in international affairs As the leader of a new state created amidst the bloodiest partition in history, saddled with new and outstanding problems, Nehru was confronted with a range of disputes which threatened to boil over Srinath Raghavan draws on a rich vein of untapped documentsto illuminate Nehru s approach to war and his efforts for peace Vividly recreating the intellectual and political milieu of the Indian foreign policy establishment, he explains the response of Nehru and his top advisors to the tensions with Junagadh, Hyderabad, Pakistan, and China He gives individual attention to every conflict and shows how strategic decisions for each crisis came to be defined in the light of the preceding ones The book follows Nehru as he wrestles with a string of major conflicts assessing the utility of force, weighing risks of war, exploring diplomatic options for peace, and forming strategic judgements that would define his reputation, both within his lifetime and after War and Peace in Modern India challenges and revisesour received understanding of Nehru s handling of international affairs General readers as well as students of Indian history and politics will find its balanced consideration of Nehru s foreign policy essential to gauge his achievements, his failures, and his enduring legacy.

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    1. A comprehensive review of Indian politico military evolution after Independence One striking feature of this book is every assertion and description is backed up by specific document and citation which gives this book a authentic flavour that many others may only be reduced to opinions or viewpoints In that dimension author has done substantial research and hence this should be considered as an authentic account of Indian politico military evolution post independence One would have expected a ro [...]

    2. The thesis of this balanced and professionally written work is twofold First, that Jawaharlal Nehru s foreign policy choices were guided not merely by naive idealism or as the revisionist histories claim mere opportunism cutthroat realism Second, there was consistency as well as continuity in Nehru s handling of foreign policy issues In both of these, the book succeeds and them some I will take a moment to point, the book is not a hagiography While the author doesn t opine on the matter making i [...]

    3. Scholarly work Clearly dispenses on the myths revisionists are trying to portray End of the day people forget the context and make absurd claims of Naive Nehru who was lost in idealism and they couldn t be wrong Case by case the author discerns the strategic maneuvering of Nehru govt simultaneously addressing various issues presented back then If there was any wrong that was with his realism wrt China debacle where his miscalculations about USSR contributed to various factors that were involved [...]

    4. Bit disappointed with this despite claiming to provide a balanced view of Nehru, it still seeks to shield him from criticism on a lot of policy blunders The China war of 1962 is a case in point, his attempt to explain the Brooks Henderson report not being released due to its potentially damaging revelations about the incompetence of the then military leadership in India rather than protecting Nehru s posthumous reputation are frankly unconvincing More damaging is the whitewashing of Nehru s poli [...]

    5. An Excellent Work on Nehru s Response to Crisis with Princely States Junnagadh, Hyderabad, Kashmir and China and Pakistan.

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