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Publisher's Summary

India's armed forces play a key role in protecting the country and occupy a special place in the Indian people's hearts, yet standard accounts of contemporary Indian history rarely have a military dimension. In India's Wars, serving Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam seeks to rectify that oversight by giving India's military exploits their rightful place in history. 

Subramaniam begins India's Wars with a frank call to reinvigorate the study of military history as part of Indian history more generally. Part II surveys the development of the India's army, navy, and air force from the early years of the modern era to 1971. In Parts III and IV, Subramaniam considers conflicts from 1947 to 1962 as well as conflicts with China in 1962 and Pakistan in 1965 and 1971. Part V concludes by assessing these conflicts through the lens of India's ancient strategist, Kautilya, who is revered in India as much as Sun Tzu is in China. 

Not merely a wide-ranging historical narrative of India's military performance in battle, India's Wars also offers a strategic, operational and human perspective on the wars fought by independent India's armed forces. Subramaniam highlights possible ways to improve the synergy between the three services and argues in favor of the declassification of historical material pertaining to national security. The author also examines the overall state of civil-military relations in India, leadership within the Indian armed forces as well as training, capability building and other vitally important issues of concern to citizens, the government and the armed forces. This objective and critical analysis provides policy cues for the reinvigoration of the armed forces as a critical tool of statecraft and diplomacy. 

Listeners will come away from India's Wars with a greater understanding of the international environment of war and conflict in modern India. Laced with veterans' intense experiences in combat operations and deeply researched and passionately written, it unfolds with surprising ease and offers a fresh perspective on independent India's history.

©2016 Arjun Subramaniam (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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There is too much bass in the audio making it distracting and harder to focus on the content

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Gripping Saga of India's Wars

The book represents a thrilling experience of India's Military conflicts with its neighbours during and post independence. The narrtor takes us into a virtual world where we can visualize the events before our eyes. The heroic acts of the soldiers and exemplary leadership of Indian Military is clearly brought out in this book. It is unfortunate that such true and heroic acts of our soldiers are unknown to many. I hope that such stories of bravery are included in our school curriculum to enable the young generation to realize the sacrifices of our brave soldiers in the line of duty, which they are doing even today. A salute to all the soldiers, no matter their rank for protecting our borders and letting us to sleep in peace. The narration was excellent and keeps the listener glued to the next sequence of events. Thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.

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Good content but bad narration

The research and content is good. Three chapters on why we need to take an initiative to keep war records, how we have failed to do so, the academic apathy - 3 chapters on post script, references and suggested reading is a lingering too long. The narration is sub standard with no pauses, no voice modulation and zero emotions in the voice. The research though is amazing, certainly helped by access that is not possible for a commoner. Overall a good choice for one with an inclination for military history.

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Must hear the audible

Memorable experience. It made my morning walk exciting. The book had enriching effect on me

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India' Conflicts & Soldier's Bravery! Must read

This book is gives insight to understanding on conflicts that India faced post independence and also tells many tales of brave soldiers during the tough time. Must read for those who are keen to know post independence struggle of India

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Nice Listen

An apparently very well researched account of India's wars.The narrator has added an extra star through a clear, articulate & assertive voice .

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Forget the fictional accounts of India's wars

No fictionalized book on our wars can ever match this one volume. Arjun Subramaniim has done a thorough job of not just compiling facts but his writing style makes sure that even a non-uniformed reader will remain glued to the narrative. The author has pointed out the necessity of the army, navy, and airforce coming together to conceptualise and activate plans that can turn them into victories. - Arvind Passey - Blog: www.passey.info

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Must read/listen book by every Indian

Must read/ listen book by every Indian. Narrative makes this book more interesting.
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Excellent Account of post Independence India Wars

Excellent book that covers how Indian army was formed prior to independence, its various post independence wars, and very detailed analysis of what went well and what didn't.

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pathbreaking joint story of Indian armed forces

loved it, very very subtle military history in a shell. Unique as it is unlike single service military history works

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  • 05-06-19

Couldn’t get past chapter 3

I got to chapter 3 and couldn’t take it anymore. All of the content till that point could’ve been covered in a couple of sentences. Lot of repetition and banalities. It’s possible that the remainder of the book is not that bad but I didn’t want to take that chance.
Narration was okay but one thing that really irritated me was, for example, 1962 was read as nineteen *hundred and* sixty two instead of the more concise nineteen sixty two.
It was not easy for me to let this book go because of the very interesting subject but poorly written. Again I only got to the third chapter.

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  • 07-10-19

very slow introduction

Had to give up due to the continual shout outs to various units. branches and regiments that I had not heard of.

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Good history but could have had more battle details

Learned a lot from this book and would recommend it could had done with more battle details...recommended

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Excellent and much needed

I really enjoyed listening to this book, learned a lot about Indian armed forces and the conflicts they were involved in. Great performance by the narrator.

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  • 05-04-19

Refreshing view of military history of India

A lot of research done by author and a very interesting summarization of '47 '65 and '71 wars. Interesting view points of major events and a few major what-ifs thru the book but all with a very realist viewpoint. A must read for people well versed on the topic of military history as well as people who are just starting to discover more about the topic.

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Best book on the subject

Great research, amazing storytelling and very well narrated. the author has truly produced a masterpiece on strategic and military history and given due space to army, air force and have. he has alds connected it superbly to broader regional, global and political history. most importantly, it's got the stories of legendary soldiers, generals and flied commanders, including interesting annecdotes of personality and person to person relationship! the references to books and materials throughout the book gives very good perspective to the various vantage points from which the analysis is done. the conclusion chapter then makes great references to important events covered throughout the book. An absolute must read for history fans and anyone who truly wants to better understand India