Indian army lauded for being apolitical

Nilekani professor of India and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Steven Wilkinson argues that the Indian army’s non-involvement in politics is a bigger achievement than one may think.

“In late 1930’s, the nationalist leaders engrossed in the freedom movement of India were concerned about the unrepresentative colonial army, which they felt should be changed,” said Wilkinson while explaining India’s civil-military success at the Centre for Public Policy inaugural lecture.

After independence, the founding fathers were worried that the army India inherited posed a threat to democracy, since the troops and officers were drawn disproportionately from a few martial groups. Read More

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