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The Need for Renaissance of Military History and Modern War Studies in India

P. K. Gautam is Research Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detail profile.
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  • IDSA Occassional Paper No. 21
    2011

    The paper makes a case for the need for a renaissance of military history, and modern war studies in India. There is a wide gap in knowledge base of contemporary military history and war studies in India compared to advances made at global level. The three levels identified for policy focus being the university system, the official and government level and at units, formations and headquarters of the three services. The university system has to take the initiative to introduce subject studies to create the human resource and sustain public interest. At the government level the paper suggests the opening up of archives and doing away with over-exaggerated concepts of security. The capture and recording of historical events as related to military operations and war records also needs to be re-examined to ensure a higher order of professionalism in the services.

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