In Securing India the Modi Way: Pathankot, Surgical Strikes and More, released in September 2017, Nitin A. Gokhale provided the most intimate and sweeping account of Team Narendra Modi's approach to national security and foreign policy initiatives. This revised and updated edition includes details of how the unprecedented decisions to strike a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist camp at Balakot inside Pakistan and to carry out a test to acquire the capability to destroy a satellite in space, were taken.
Drawing on internal discussions, as yet unknown information, meeting notes and hours of interviews with key players in the national security team, Gokhale brings alive inside stories of policy formulation at the highest levels in the government.
Painstakingly researched, the book details hitherto unknown aspects of the planning and execution of the Balakot strike, the aerial dogfight between Indian and Pakistani air forces and India's quiet diplomacy in turning the situation around in Maldives. The earlier edition had details surgical strikes, revamping of New Delhi's policy towards China and Pakistan, India's renewed outreach to the Middle East, Prime Minister Modi's attempt to leverage the Indian diaspora worldwide and his attention to smallest of details besides focusing on some small but far-reaching steps taken to secure India in every possible way-on land, in space, cyber and maritime domains.
The book in many ways is the first authentic account of the Modi government's decision making process on vital issues.
Author of five books so far on insurgencies, wars and conflicts, he is visiting faculty -at all Indian Defence training institutions like the National Defence College, all the three war colleges, the College of Defence Management and the Defence Services Staff College, besides being a popular speaker at various seminars and symposiums on civil-military relations, insurgency/terrorism, Asian security Affairs and military-media relations. His previous books include Beyond NJ 9842: The Siachen Saga, 1965 Turning the Tide: How India won the War and Sri Lanka: From War to Peace. Gokhale is now a strategic affairs analyst and syndicated speaker on national security matters.
The Prime Minister's decision to personally reach out to the world and re-energise India's foreign policy approach is by now well known. India's rising global stature is a result of his vision and his government's initiatives. This book documents in detail some of the fundamental changes that are being ushered in by the Prime Minister, his government's efforts to strengthen our military, and the role of our armed forces and intelligence agencies in making India secure.
I have personally benefitted from Gokhale's insights and his long experience as a journalist covering matters of national security. I am confident that this book, written using simple and easy to understand language, will be useful to both military enthusiasts and common citizens alike.
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