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Lack of a Professional Discourse

Not an Absent Dialogue

The Absent Dialogue: Politicians, Bureaucrats, and the Military in India edited by Anit Mukherjee, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2020; pp xvii + 313, 1,100.

There is a constant search for harmony among the three principal stakeholders of national security: the political establishment, the civilian bureaucracy and the professional military. The issue of civil–military relations is a thorny issue in any democracy and India, being affected by its share of controversies, is no exception to the rule.

Anit Mukherjee, a former Indian army officer and currently an assistant professor at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, continues the discussion among many writers, retired ­officers, academics and researchers as he attempts to prove his hypothesis of an “absent dialogue” between the three critical pillars of India’s national security architecture.

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Updated On : 9th Jul, 2021

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