The Relationship between India's Geographic Element of Power and its Military Element of Power
Master's thesis 1 Aug 1990-7 Jun 1991
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The geographic element of a nation is the base upon which all other elements are built. Any analysis of a countrys military element, therefore, must be done with a clear understanding of its geographic element. The author is of the opinion that many analysts have gone wrong in their analysis of Indias military element due to a lack of proper understanding of its geographic element. Using the checklist and descriptive comparison methods, the author has examined Indias geographic element to include its physical, economic and human components, thus identifying various imperatives that ought to shape its military element. He then reviews Indias military element and matches the imperatives identified, to every relevant facet of its military element. The study shows that Indias military element is indeed influenced largely by its geographic element, especially by the human component of its geography. Its organization, recruitment, training, employment, etc., vindicate the authors findings. There are also certain aspects that do not conform to geographic realities. The author feels that such non-conformity is a result of Indias security perceptions and the countrys national interests. In sum, the author has produced sufficient evidence to establish a link between Indias geographic element and its military element.
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