JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

The Kargil War and India’s Security Environment

Amb. Jayant Prasad was Director General, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile[+]
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  • July-September 2019
    Volume: 
    13
    Issue: 
    3
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    The Kargil conflict presented an opportunity for a relook at India’s national security environment in terms of defence preparedness. The Kargil Review Committee report pointed to the deficiencies in India’s security management system and gave a call for course correction especially in terms of integration of the armed forces, defence modernisation, and optimum defence budgeting and expenditure. Against this backdrop, the article undertakes a discussion of India’s national security environment by examining its long-term foreign policy and security goals as well as its possible strategic behaviour in the future. A prescriptive angle is provided by discussing the strategic options available to India in the short to medium term. The article also stresses on a greater push to domestic defence industry and manufacturing, renewed focus on maritime affairs, and the need to integrate and restructure the defence ecosystem.

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