Steven i wilkinson explores how india has succeeded in keeping the military out of politics when so many other countries have failed he uncovers the command and control strategies the careful ethnic balancing and the political foreign policy and strategic decisions that have made the army safe for indian democracy. Start by marking army and nation the military and indian democracy since independence as want to read this book explores the relationship of the indian army and the democratic polity it elaborates on what goes into making an army that perforce protects the country but is also itself not a threat to the civilian government. On september 12 1946 shortly after taking office as minister for external affairs in indias pre independence cabinet jawaharlal nehru sent a long letter to the commander in chief and defence secretary to press for large scale reforms to the indian army. The avoidance of military coups in india is an unlikely achievement this book explains how it happened army and nation the military and indian democracy since independence. At indian independence in 1947 the countrys founders worried that the army india inherited conservative and dominated by officers and troops drawn disproportionately from a few martial groups posed a real threat to democracy they also saw the structure of the army with its recruitment on the basis of caste and religion as incompatible with their hopes for a new secular
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