India's National Security

Concerns and Strategies

Edited by: Mohanan B. Pillai

Security is an important component of the way international relations are played out. After independence in 1947, India followed a policy of non-alignment to protect and promote the interests of the newly born nation. India's security concerns at that time revolved around the threats emanating primarily from Pakistan, although China was also perceived as a threat to India's national security. However, the age of neo-liberal globalization has added additional dimensions to the conventional threats. In the post-Cold War period, the major security concern of India emanates from cross-border terrorism. The challenges posed by international terrorism, the global economic meltdown, and environmental degradation (including climate change) are also security concerns that India has to address seriously. The crisis in the energy sector is another major security challenge. On the domestic front, India faces many challenges including poverty, illiteracy, social and economic inequalities, communalism, regional imbalances, development-based displacement, etc. This book contains 21 research papers - authored by experts in various fields - that examine the various dimensions of India's security concerns and suggest appropriate policy formulations in this regard. The need for an out-of-the-box approach for ensuring security in its holistic dimension is emphasized. *** "Unlike other works in this genre, this book moves beyond a "realist" understanding of the Indian security situation. Rather, it tries to explore every avenue of cooperation available to India, within the region and outside of it, so as to cater to its mutifaceted demands for security. The authors also attempt to go beyond the currently-available options and create new possibilities for international cooperation." -- Exemplar: The Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2, Fall 2014

422 pages

Publication Date: 7/31/2013
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9788177083569