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The Absent Dialogue: Politicians, Bureaucrats, and the Military in India

Anit Mukherjee


Civilian control over the military is widely hailed as among the biggest successes of India’s democracy. This is a rarity, especially among postcolonial states, and is rightfully celebrated. But has this come at a cost? The Absent Dialogue argues that the pattern of civil–military relations in India has hampered its military effectiveness. Indian politicians and bureaucrats have long been content with the formal and ritualistic exercise of civilian control, while the military continues to operate in institutional silos, with little substantive engagement between the two. In making this claim, ... More

Keywords: civil–military relations, military effectiveness, India, Indian military, civilian control, military strategy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190905903
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190905903.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anit Mukherjee, author
Assistant Professor, South Asia Programme, Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University