The Absent Dialogue

Politicians, Bureaucrats, and the Military in India

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ISBN:

9780197507193

Publication date:

01/11/2019

Hardback

336 pages

235.0x156.0mm

Price: 1100.00 INR

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ISBN:

9780197507193

Publication date:

01/11/2019

Hardback

336 pages

235.0x156.0mm

Part of Modern South Asia

Anit Mukherjee

Rights:  OUP USA (INDIAN TERRITORY)

Part of Modern South Asia

Anit Mukherjee

Description

Civilian control over the military is widely hailed as one of the major successes of India's democracy. Because it is so rare, especially among post-colonial states, this control 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. Diving deep into understanding the organization and internal processes within the Indian military, he explains how 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. Yet, there has been little substantive engagement between the two. To support this claim, Mukherjee 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. Further, Mukherjee shows how India's pattern of civil-military relations-best characterized as an absent dialogue-adversely affects each of these processes. 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. 

Informed by more than a hundred and fifty interviews and recently available archival material, The Absent Dialogue sheds new light on India's military and will reshape our understanding of both the history and contemporary dynamics of civil-military relations and recurring problems therein.

About the Author

Anit Mukherjee is Assistant Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution India Center. He has a Ph.D. from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University and was formerly an officer in the Indian Army.

Part of Modern South Asia

Anit Mukherjee

Table of contents

1 Introduction: Democratic Civilian Control 
2 Forging the Sword: Civil-Military Relations and Military Effectiveness
3 Convenient Narratives: Historical Evolution of Civil-Military Relations
4 The False Promise of Self-Reliance: The Weapons Procurement Process
5 The Coordinators: India's Unique Approach to Jointness
6 An "In-House" Affair: India's System of Professional Military Education
7 Simply the Best? Officer Promotion and Selection Policies
8 The Best of Intentions: Defense Planning in India
9 Tumultuous Times: The Contemporary Discourse on Civil-Military Relations
10 Conclusion: Civilian Control and Military Effectiveness

Part of Modern South Asia

Anit Mukherjee

Features

  • Provides an in-depth and comprehensive study of civil-military relations in India and makes sense of contemporary civil-military relations and of India's military power
  • Includes over 150 primary interviews with high ranking politicians, defense and military officials, recently available archival material, and internal government documents
  • Sheds new light on India's political and military history especially those pertaining to the premiership of Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi

Part of Modern South Asia

Anit Mukherjee

Part of Modern South Asia

Anit Mukherjee

Description

Civilian control over the military is widely hailed as one of the major successes of India's democracy. Because it is so rare, especially among post-colonial states, this control 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. Diving deep into understanding the organization and internal processes within the Indian military, he explains how 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. Yet, there has been little substantive engagement between the two. To support this claim, Mukherjee 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. Further, Mukherjee shows how India's pattern of civil-military relations-best characterized as an absent dialogue-adversely affects each of these processes. 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. 

Informed by more than a hundred and fifty interviews and recently available archival material, The Absent Dialogue sheds new light on India's military and will reshape our understanding of both the history and contemporary dynamics of civil-military relations and recurring problems therein.

About the Author

Anit Mukherjee is Assistant Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution India Center. He has a Ph.D. from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University and was formerly an officer in the Indian Army.

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Table of contents

1 Introduction: Democratic Civilian Control 
2 Forging the Sword: Civil-Military Relations and Military Effectiveness
3 Convenient Narratives: Historical Evolution of Civil-Military Relations
4 The False Promise of Self-Reliance: The Weapons Procurement Process
5 The Coordinators: India's Unique Approach to Jointness
6 An "In-House" Affair: India's System of Professional Military Education
7 Simply the Best? Officer Promotion and Selection Policies
8 The Best of Intentions: Defense Planning in India
9 Tumultuous Times: The Contemporary Discourse on Civil-Military Relations
10 Conclusion: Civilian Control and Military Effectiveness

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