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  • Maritime Forces in Pursuit of National Security: Policy Imperatives for India

    Maritime Forces in Pursuit of National Security: Policy Imperatives for India
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    2008
    Publisher: Shipra
    ISBN 978-81-7541-430-3
    Price: ₹. 395/-
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    About the Book

    The growing interest of nations in the ocean-realm has become discernable in recent years, leading to an increased significance of maritime security. This is particularly relevant to India, whose vital stakes are expanding beyond its terrestrial confines. How has this increased the responsibility of Indian maritime forces? Can we expect these forces to satiate national-security interests beyond maritime affairs? What approach and capabilities are needed for this? As an attempt to answer these questions, this book is intended for a 'wide-spectrum' readership; ranging from a layman but a keen observer of national/ global events that affect him, and who seeks an association with India's growing eminence; to the academics and Indian policy makers.

    About the Author

    Commander Gurpreet S Khurana was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1988 and is a Missile Warfare specialist. He has held appointments of Missile Officer of corvettes, Commanding Officer of Torpedo Recovery Vessel, Staff Officer to Vice Chief of Naval Staff and Deputy Director Naval Intelligence. In 2002, he commissioned INS Tarmugli (Fast Attack Craft based at Port Blair) as its first Commanding Officer. He joined IDSA as Research Fellow in 2003. His research interests include maritime security/ strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific region and armed forces doctrines. He is presently involved in the study of the Chinese naval strategy and modernisation.

    Contents

    Preface
    List of Maps
    List of Photographs
    Abbreviations

    INTRODUCTION
    Historical Backdrop
    Current Geo-Strategic Setting

    INDIA'S MARITIME INTERESTS
    Maritime Zones
    Island Territories
    Overseas Trade
    Strategic Imports
    Stability in the Indian Ocean Region

    OTHER STAKEHOLDERS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN
    Regional Littorals
    Extra-regional Powers

    INDIA'S SECURITY CONCERNS
    Military Conflicts
    Military Confrontations Short of War
    Security of Sea-lines/Strategic Imports
    Maritime 'Disorder' at Sea

    INDIA'S POLICY IMPERATIVES
    The Three Broad Imperatives
    Mission-based Imperatives: Review & Recommendations

    CONCLUSION

    Index

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