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. 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 . 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. Pratinav anil finds that wilkinson makes a convincing case for why indias democracy survived while pakistan experienced a series of military regimes he deems it an essential read for those interested in the postcolonial histories of the two south asian countries army and nation the military and indian democracy since independence. Army and nation the military and indian democracy since independence by steven i wilkinsonharvard university press 2015 304 pp steven i wilkinsons army and nation is a historical monograph exploring the puzzle and dynamics of indias civil military relationship the author is a professor of political science and international affairs at yale university with an educational
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