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Author: Vivek Chadha
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0761933255
Low intensity conflicts (or LICs) are motivated and sustained by a strong ideology-be it economic, political, ethnic or psychological. Through a sustained process of attrition, these often protracted struggles are capable of bringing the state to its knees, besides draining the exchequer and resulting in the loss of many lives.
This important book is the first comprehensive account of LICs in India from 1947 to the present. The conflicts covered in detail are:
Militancy in both Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir
The complex problems in the North-East
The agitation for Gorkhaland and Naxalite violence.
Lt Col Vivek Chadha covers all facets of these LICs including their causes and origins, the factors that sustain them and the trajectory of each. He provides a comparative analysis of the causes of these conflicts and examines the state’s response in dealing with them.
Insightful, objective and lucidly written, this book will attract a wide readership among army, paramilitary and police personnel as well as administrators, policy-makers and students of strategic studies.
Lt Col Chadha`s research is exhaustive, extensive and in-depth, Reading through this book was a learning experience.
-Lt Gen (Retd) V K Sood, former Vice-Chief of Army Staff
Lt Col Chadha combines a scholar’s analytical abilities with a soldier’s operational experience, in giving insights into the political, social and economic causes of the threat posed by insurgencies, This book is remarkable in its scholarly rigour and the precision of research, Lt Col Chadha’s book is undoubtedly different and unique.
-J N Dixit, former National Security Advisor
FOREWORD BY LATE J N DIXIT
I JAMMU AND KASHMIR: Kashmir - The Beginning
1947-48 Indo-Pak Conflict
LIC Preceding 1965 Indo-Pak War
The Siachen Imbroglio
II PUNJAB: Pre-Independence Period
III THE NORTH-EAST: Assam-ULFA
IV MINOR CONFLICTS: Gorkhaland Movement