JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Restructuring the Indian Armed Forces

Major General (Retd.) G. D. Bakshi is a Senior Fellow at United Services Institution of India. He has earlier been a Research Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.
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  • April 2011
    Volume: 
    5
    Issue: 
    2
    Perspectives

    This paper broadly deals with two important aspects. First, it analyses various security challenges that India is facing at present; and second, it examines the need for restructuring the Indian Armed Forces to address these security challenges. It explains that India is in a two front situation with China to the
    north and Pakistan to the west. Left Wing Extremism and jihadi terror form a half or a third front. The core of any Indian grand strategy must focus on dealing with these threats sequentially and never simultaneously. India will have to rely upon its own resources to safeguard its vital national interests. In the years ahead it will increasingly be called upon to respond to ever greater challenges from within its geo-political environment. It concludes by stating that great civilisations arise only in response to such challenges.

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