How India Manages Its National Security

Arvind Gupta’s How India Manages Its National Security gives an objective and rounded view of what the country has done since its independence to secure the nation.

In this definitive and comprehensive survey of the challenges a changing global security environment poses to India, former deputy national security advisor Arvind Gupta outlines the important aspects of the country’s security apparatus and how they interface to confront internal and external conflicts.

We have today a turbulent Middle East to the west; a rising and assertive China to the north; Pakistan in the grip of the military; cross-border terrorism and an increasingly militarizing Indian Ocean region surrounding us.

Additionally, climate change, cyber security and the vulnerability of our space assets are major areas of concern. Anything that weakens a nation weakens its security, which makes the issues of food, water, health, economics and governance critically significant. Arvind Gupta draws on his long experience in these areas to argue that instead of tactical remedies, a strategic, coherent and institutional approach is needed to deal with these challenges. Strengthening the National Security Council, for instance, could be one way forward.

How India Manages Its National Security (Published by Penguin Random House) explains with great clarity and thoroughness the concept and operation of India’s national security apparatus. This book will be of great interest to practitioners, analysts and laymen alike and offers an important voice in the discussion on how national security challenges should be resolved in the decades to come.

General N.C. Vij, former chief of army staff, described Gupta’s effort as “well-researched and authoritative book covering a wide canvas of security-related issues.”

Raja Mohan, director, Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore, said that the book is a fine introduction to the organization and management of the nation’s security system.

The Author: Arvind Gupta was the deputy national security advisor and headed the National Security Council Secretariat in the Government of India from 2014 to 2017. During 2012–14, he was director general of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. A former diplomat, he is also an honorary professor in the department of defence and national security studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Gupta is currently the director of Vivekananda International Foundation, an independent, non-partisan think tank focusing on foreign policy, defence and security-related issues from an Indian perspective. His interests are India’s foreign policy, security, history, culture and civilization.

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