''Let alone China, India cannot even win a war against Pakistan,'' says a book.
If one summarises India's military capability in this self defeatist one liner assessment, it is bound to evoke a sharp debate and that is what precisely "Dragon on our doorstep" did, when the book was launched.
The book talks of a hypothetical situation, where India may find itself involved in a two front war and the repercussion of it.
'Dragon on our Doorstep: Managing China Through Military Power' insists that should India find itself involved in a border war with China, it will lose.
''And this has nothing do with the possession of nuclear weaponsthe roles of nuclear and conventional weapons are separate in the war planning of India, China and Pakistan,'' the book says, adding that the reason India would be at a disadvantage in a war with Pakistan is because while Pakistan has built military power, India focused on building military force.
In the book, Pravin Sawheny and Ghazala Wahab, well-known names in the Defence fraternity, analyse the geopolitics of the region and strategies of the three Asian countries to elaborate why India in the precarious position and how it can transform itself through deft strategy into a leading power.
Despite disagreeing with the conclusion of the book, it was well received in the military domain, where thinkers and former top officers agreed that it provides extensive research, first hand reporting and deep analysis.
''This is a clear-eyed and welcome analysis of how India can marshal all elements of its national powerespecially military capabilitiesto protect its interests and preserve the peace in the face of growing Chinese assertiveness.
''All those concerned about Indian national security should read this book carefully,'' said Senior Associate with US-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Ashley J Tellis, who is tipped to become the next US Ambassador to India. More UNI MK RJ ADG 1134
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