Akash S. Goud

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  • Akash S. Goud is Research Intern at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.

    Honour and Fidelity: India’s Military Contribution to the Great War 1914–1918 by Amarinder Singh

    Three days after the ‘Great War’ was declared at midnight on the 4–5 August 1914, mobilisation orders were issued to marshal what would become the largest expeditionary force of that war and, arguably, of all wars till date. These instructions were issued by Lord Hardinge— the then Viceroy of India—resulting in Expeditionary Force ‘A’ that embarked for France within the month.

    January 2016

    Policing Insurgencies: Cops as Counterinsurgents, edited by C. Christine Fair and Sumit Ganguly

    Counter-insurgency, referred to as COIN with the usual military fondness for abbreviations, is commonly understood as a military-centric effort that seeks to overwhelm the insurgents with superior numbers, firepower, technology, and funds. In countries like India, central paramilitary forces are enjoined to do so. The central premise in traditional COIN discourse is that insurgency is a military problem requiring a military solution.

    April 2015

    Eruptions in Goma – Troublesome mandate

    The events of the last ten days have once again focussed international attention on the DRC and lent support to voices clamouring for a review of the existing mandate of MONUSCO and the larger process by which these mandates are concretized.

    December 05, 2012

    China’s Xinjiang Problem: The 2009 Riots and its Aftermath

    Despite focused efforts undertaken by China in the aftermath of the 2009 riots, it has not been able to and, perhaps may never be able to, answer the structural problems of the Uighur discontent in Xinjiang.

    April 20, 2012

    Durban Platform for a New Climate Change Agreement: An Assessment

    Climate change discussions may not have collapsed but difficult and bruising negotiations lie ahead and there will be immense pressure on developing countries to accept legally binding cuts.

    December 21, 2011