Book Details

Book title: COVID-19 & Its Challenges Is India Future Ready?
Author(s): V K Ahluwalia & Amrita Jash
ISBN: 9789390095025
Publication Year: 2020
Binding: HB
Pages: 182
Price: Rs. 750 Rs. 562
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Today the world has stopped at COVID-19: envisaging a make or break moment for the world and its people. In this backdrop, the overarching thesis of the book is centred on offering an Indian perspective to COVID-19 and its challenges. This book seeks to examine the pandemic largely from a ‘national security perspective’. In doing so, it focuses mainly  on India`s national security, which has been studied from a two-fold perspective: the politico-economic-strategic environment as impacted by COVID-19; and the criticality of non-traditional and traditional threats to India’s security, in that order of priority. The essence of the volume lies in assessing the threats, challenges and opportunities that are likely to shape India’s national security strategy in the post-pandemic world order.

With its holistic approach, this book has nine chapters, which examines the need for India to prioritise: human security and environmental security in its national security; economic growth and sustainability in national policy; self-reliance as the key to success; taking a decisive role in global arena; re-appraisal of India’s military thinking; the evolving role        of the Indian Armed Forces; and use of technology for maximising security- all aimed to shape a better future for India. The book would be of interest to politicians, policy makers, diplomats, academia, medical fraternity, practitioners, security forces, and  the  people  of  the  country.

ABOUT Author

Lt Gen (Dr.) VK Ahluwalia, PVSM, AVSM**, YSM, VSM (Retd), is the Director of Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS). Lt Gen Ahluwalia superannuated as Army Commander, Central Command in March 2012. Thereafter, he served as a Member in the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT). The General Officer commanded an infantry brigade in Uri- Baramulla, mountain division in Kargil sector and corps in Leh-Ladakh sectors. As the GOC-in-C, his Division was awarded the National Green Governance Award (BNHS) by the Prime Minister of India on 10 November 2005, for conceiving and implementing the unique strategic concept–‘Operation Green Kargil’. He has authored a book titled Red Revolution 2020 and beyond and has co-edited a book on Kargil titled Surprise, Strategy and Vijay: 20 years of Kargil and beyond. 

Dr. Amrita Jash, is Research Fellow and Managing Editor of CLAWS Journal at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies. She is a Pavate Fellow and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. Dr. Jash holds a Ph.D in Chinese Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has been a UGC Graduate Fellow (2012-2017); a US-INDIA-CHINA Initiative Fellow at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University (2013); a researcher under China`s Ministry of Commerce (2014) and under Harvard-Yenching-Nanching Programme (2015). In 2019, she has been awarded by the COAS Gen Bipin Rawat for her contribution to Chinese Studies.