Politicise all you want, but Indian soldiers don’t fight in the name of nationalism alone

As India is in the middle of a high-pitched, national security-driven campaign by the BJP this Lok Sabha election, the real question to ask is – Is patriotism or nationalism the primary motivation for soldiers while fighting in battle?

Or, are there other factors that drive a soldier to overcome fear and face shelling and machine gun firing to accomplish his/her mission?

The subject is complex, and all armies across the world in the wake of major wars have carried out detailed studies to find an answer to this question. But mostly, US military studies are available in the public domain. Read More

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