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The Absent DialoguePoliticians, Bureaucrats, and the Military in India$
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Anit Mukherjee

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190905903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190905903.001.0001

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An “In-House” Affair

An “In-House” Affair

India’s System of Professional Military Education

(p.173) 5 An “In-House” Affair
The Absent Dialogue

Anit Mukherjee

Oxford University Press

While examining professional military education (PME) in the Indian military, this chapter makes three main arguments. First, informed civilian intervention is crucial for an effective system of PME. Such intervention is important for enforcing jointness, emphasizing education over training, and creating a role for civilian academics. Second, this type of intervention has not happened in India, and PME remains almost exclusively in the military’s domain. Third, India’s unique pattern of civil–military relations, the absent dialogue argument, has accentuated weaknesses in its PME. Hindered by a lack of expertise and the norm in civil–military relations, civilians do not actively shape PME. In making these arguments, the chapter describes the history of PME, highlighting the lack of civilian participation and the weaknesses therein.

Keywords:   professional military education, training, civilian faculty, curricula development, civil–military relations

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