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The armed forces have played a key role in protecting India's sovereignty and raising its stature as a stable democracy and responsible regional power. Though the nation's soldiers, sailors and airmen occupy a special place in people's hearts, standard narratives of contemporary Indian history rarely cover the military dimension. In his first book, India's Wars: A Military History, 1947-1971, Arjun Subramaniam attempted to set this right by taking readers on a journey until the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971.

Full Spectrum: India's Wars, 1972-2020 takes the story forward. It is a sweeping account of war and conflict in contemporary India over the past five decades. Covering every major operation that the armed forces have participated in - including the Kargil conflict of 1999, insurgencies in the north-east, terrorism and proxy wars in Jammu and Kashmir, separatist violence in Punjab, the IPKF intervention in Sri Lanka, and the continued stress along the LoC and LAC - it fuses the strategic, operational, tactical and human dimensions of war and conflict into a racy narrative that reflects their changing character in modern times.

As deeply researched and passionately written as the previous volume, this is a befitting sequel that brings up to date a unique endeavour to offer a fresh take on independent India's history.

'Full Spectrum manages to deliver an almost action-movie kind rush for its readers in what is essentially an academic enterprise and manages to cover the entire sequence in a fast-paced summary of Indian military history. Overall, it is a fascinating read, a deeply researched book that sets a solid foundation for more body of work to come from Indian scholars in this area.' - The Hindu

'Full Spectrum is not only about stories of courage and valour. It is also a serious examination of senior military leadership and how they orchestrated battles and campaigns under trying circumstances. Arjun Subramaniam does not eulogize or indiscriminately criticize in his book because he understands what it means to have served in the Indian military.' - Economic Times

'Arjun Subramaniam's viewpoint is especially interesting because he is an airman. He has, therefore, a deeper understanding of the use of air power and of combined ops, or jointmanship as it is called in the defence services. In this respect, he's outstanding.' - Business Standard

'It is a one-stop read for those seeking a professional perspective on contemporary Indian military history sans the usual verbosity. It is a must-read for all officers of the armed forces, for citizens who aspire to know more about India's armed forces, and the strategic community of policy-makers in the realm of national security.' - Swarajya Magazine

'Full Spectrum mirrors the myriad reflections of India's military leaders who have witnessed momentous events in diverse battle spaces over the last five decades. Covering a vast landscape that ranges from India's strategic compulsions to joint operations and intense personal experiences of combat, the book offers policy and operational planners a detailed lens into the past as they chart the future of India as a leading power.' - General Bipin Rawat, former Chief of Defence Staff

'Arjun Subramaniam has done it again. Through meticulous research he has uncovered telling details that vivify the familiar story of India's post-1971 conflicts in a new history that does justice - and honour - to all of India's armed forces. Both scholars and policymakers will benefit greatly from this intimate window on modern India's military operations.' - Ashley J. Tellis, Tata Chair, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

'After his maiden "opus", India's Wars, Arjun Subramaniam picks up the thread to take the reader on a fascinating journey of our post-1972 conflicts. In battle zones ranging from tropical jungles of the north-east to dizzying heights of Himalayan outposts and from neighbouring Sri Lanka to worldwide UN missions, Indian servicemen have served silently and often unsung by their countrymen. Recorded for posterity here, we have, in meticulous detail, first-hand accounts of military operations calling for courage, fortitude and uncommon leadership.' - Admiral Arun Prakash (retired), former Chief of Naval Staff

'Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam in his meticulously researched book highlights the many complexities, innovations, challenges and eventual outcomes of the several wars and conflicts that India has experienced since 1972. Enriching the institutional memories of military/strategic thinkers and enthusiasts, Arjun brings out the leadership traits of many charismatic military leaders, captures memorable battles/skirmishes, and busts many myths in his own inimitable style. This book is a treasure trove of military history.' - Air Chief Marshal Fali H. Major (retired), former Chief of Air Staff

'A fascinating analysis by a former military officer of the internal and external wars India has faced since the early 1970s. This is essential reading for those wishing to understand India's security challenges, which have accentuated over the years in large part because of the country's failure to learn from its past experiences. The book offers insights on how India could draw the right lessons from its handling of both internal conflicts and the silent wars its regional adversaries have waged against it.' - Brahma Chellaney, author and geostrategist

'Arjun Subramaniam has come up with another riveting account of India's military operations over the years. While his first book covered the major wars, the new one gives an unparalleled insight into many unknown aspects of India's numerous military campaigns in scenarios other than war. A must-read for those interested in strategic decision-making, military leadership and India's recent history.' - Nitin A. Gokhale, author and strategic affairs analyst

'Arjun Subramaniam deserves kudos for writing back-to-back volumes on contemporary Indian military history. He has done yeoman service in recounting the contributions of the Indian armed forces in service of the nation. Full Spectrum is an honest appraisal and analysis of events with no attempts either to glorify or unfairly criticize any individual or action. Painstakingly researched to bring forth individual and collective efforts which charted India's recent conflict landscape, Full Spectrum and India's Wars are perhaps among the best chronicles of modern Indian military history in recent times.' - Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa (retired), former Chief of Air Staff

'Full Spectrum is Arjun Subramaniam's "second pass", which means he still had ammunition left after his first. His soldier-scholar insights richly contribute to the burgeoning genre of contemporary Indian military history. Writing this must not have been easy because military operations of India's recent past are still shrouded in secrecy. Arjun uses a mix of regimental archives, official documents, personal diaries, books and personal interviews with over 100 serving and retired soldiers to uncover operations from the Naga and Mizo insurgency, to Op Blue Star, Op Meghdoot, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Kashmir, Kargil and the Doklam standoff. The book underscores how India kept missing the opportunity to leverage its tactical and operational successes into long-term strategic gains, and shows the way to the future.' - Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, The Print

'Indian history is written almost exclusively as political history. Therefore, it is refreshing to read Arjun Subramaniam's new book on the military history of India. His writings combine a lucid understanding of the wider geopolitical context with the practical knowledge of a man who has spent decades in uniform. It is a must-read for policymakers, military history enthusiasts, journalists, academia and, most importantly, the next generation that they may know the origins of the challenges that they will face.' - Sanjeev Sanyal, economist and bestselling author

'Full Spectrum is an eminently readable book that does full justice to the outstanding service that India's armed forces have rendered in the rise of the Indian nation-state. The joint narrative is unique and devoid of unnecessary military jargon that would distract a lay reader. Fair in his assessments and measured in his criticism, the strength of the book lies in Arjun Subramaniam's ability to convert his exhaustive interviews into chronologically arranged, factually correct and gripping personal stories and accounts of operations and combat.' - Lieutenant General D.S. Hooda (retired), former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the army's Northern Command

Product Details

Title: Full Spectrum
SKU: BK0457928
EAN: 9789394407138
Language: English
Binding: Paperback

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