South Asia

Organized Panel Session

1 - Soldiers and Statesmen: Defence, Decolonisation and the State in India, 1940-1960

Saturday, July 7
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Silveroak II, Ground Floor

The opening decades of the twentieth century oversaw hectic military institution-building efforts being undertaken in the Indian subcontinent. These institutions bolstered the British Empire’s military paramountcy in the subcontinent and their concentration in India’s north-western flank (initially) is often portrayed as a useful hedge against ‘foreign aggression’ directed towards the British Empire’s politico-economic and security interests in India. Much of these institution-building efforts continued well after independence was achieved in 1947. This paper will examine and assess India’s relationships with Britain, USA as well as erstwhile USSR to understand the formation and management of India’s military institutional resources and practices from 1940 to 1960. The paper will present an institutional account of decolonisation in military issues like recruitment and socialisation by studying India’s evolving relationships with some of the major powers of the Cold War period.

Vipul Dutta

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India

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