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The absent dialogue : politicians, bureaucrats, and the military in India

Author: Anit Mukherjee
Publisher: New York, NY Oxford University Press [2020] © 2020
Series: Modern South Asia
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Civilian control over the military is widely hailed as among the biggest successes of India's democracy. This is a rarity, especially among post-colonial states, and is rightfully celebrated. But has this come at a cost? In The Absent Dialogue, Anit Mukherjee argues that the pattern of civil-military relations in India has hampered its military effectiveness. Indian politicians and bureaucrats have long been  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anit Mukherjee
ISBN: 9780190905903 0190905905
OCLC Number: 1129401921
Description: xvii, 313 Seiten ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Forging the sword : civil-military relations and military effectiveness --
Convenient narratives : historical evolution of civil-military relations --
The false promise of self-reliance : the weapons procurement process --
The coordinators : India's unique approach to jointness --
An "in-house" affair : India's system of professional military education --
Simply the best? Officer promotion and selection policies --
The best of intentions : defense planning in India --
Tumultuous times : the contemporary discourse on civil-military relations --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Modern South Asia
Other Titles: Politicians, bureaucrats, and the military in India
Politicians, bureaucrats, and the military in India
Responsibility: Anit Mukherjee.

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"Civilian control over the military is widely hailed as among the biggest successes of India's democracy. This is a rarity, especially among post-colonial states, and is rightfully celebrated. But has this come at a cost? In The Absent Dialogue, Anit Mukherjee argues that the pattern of civil-military relations in India has hampered its military effectiveness. Indian politicians and bureaucrats have long been content with the formal and ritualistic exercise of civilian control, while the military continues to operate in institutional silos, with little substantive engagement between the two. In making this claim, the book closely examines the variables most closely associated with military effectiveness -- weapons procurement, jointness (the ability of separate military services to operate together), officer education, promotion policies, and defense planning. India's pattern of civil-military relations -- best characterized as an absent dialogue -- adversely affects each of these processes. Theoretically, the book adopts the 'unequal dialogue' framework proposed by Eliot Cohen but also argues that, under some conditions, patterns of civil-military relations maybe more closely resemble an 'absent dialogue.' Informed by more than a hundred and fifty interviews and recently available archival material, the book represents a deep dive into understanding the power and the limitations of the Indian military. It sheds new light on India's military history and is essential reading for understanding contemporary civil-military relations and recurring problems therein. While the book focuses on India, it also highlights the importance of civilian expertise and institutional design in enhancing civilian control and military effectiveness in other democracies"--.

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