New Delhi : A new academic book on the history of India’s “war on terror” has been released by the National Centre for Information and Security Studies.
The book, ‘Safdar Khaira’, is titled ‘India’s War on Terror: From Kashmir to Kashmir, Part I’.
The author, retired General B.R. Mehta, who served in the Indian army from 1992-2004, is a professor of military history at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
In the book, Mehtas book on Kashmir is based on an interview he gave to NDTV in 2015, after his retirement.
During the interview, Mehrtas was asked about the nature of Indian operations in the disputed Kashmir region.
He said that while India was “not at war” with Pakistan, its actions were directed towards the region.
“It is clear from the way the Indian forces conducted operations in Kashmir, that India was not at war with Pakistan at that time.
And this was done in accordance with the security needs of the Indian state and people,” he said.
Mehtas’ book is a follow up to the book he published in 2013 titled ‘War in Kashmir: India and Pakistan’s Long-Standing Dispute’.
The book was titled after a report by former Indian Foreign Secretary R. K. Narayanan in which he alleged that the Indian government was using Kashmir to “sabotage Pakistan”.
Mehta said the book will go into depth on India-Pakistan relations, but he said it would not be a “history” book.
“The book is not a history book, but an analysis of the various Indian operations that have taken place in Kashmir and how they were done in compliance with the interests of the state, the security interests of India, and the needs of people of India,” he told NDTV.
A book like this has been a big hit among the students in the university’s liberal arts programme.
“In a time when there has been no academic debate on Kashmir since 1990, the Kashmiri community has been so supportive of this book,” said Dr J.D. Singh, a senior lecturer at the university.
“People of India have a right to know about their own country’s actions in the region.”
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