Book Launched — National Security Challenges: Young Scholars' Perspective
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Book Launched — National Security Challenges: Young Scholars' Perspective

By Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi, India

Book Launched — National Security Challenges: Young Scholars' Perspective

National security is paramount for an all-inclusive development. Along with a holistic approach in place, there is an urgent need to first recognize the challenges to the national security of the country. National Security Challenges: Young Scholars’ Perspective – a tribute to Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw from the youth of the country – primarily deals with India’s national security challenges from a hardcore, predominantly traditional security point of view.

The main aim of the book is to develop strategic thinking amongst the youth of this country. To provide a suitable platform for the university students, CLAWS has initiated an unprecedented pan-India essay competition – Field Marshal Manekshaw Essay Competition (FMMEC) in 2018. The book is the outcome of an overwhelming response to the competition over the past two years, and 12 select essays have been edited, compiled, and published.

Dealing with a wide range of subjects from conceptual understandings, threats, and challenges emanating from technological advancements, to learning from national, regional, and global experiences; the book provides a fresh approach to the subject. It also gives a sneak peek into what the youth of India feels about national security in the form of policy recommendations.

To boost the morale of the young authors and university students, the book carries messages from the Indian Defense Minister, India's National Security Advisor, and Indian Army's Chief of the Army Staff (COAS). The Indian Army and the CLAWS are committed to present a copy of the book to each university in the country (central, state, and private), IITs, IIMs, NLUs, and Business Schools to raise awareness amongst the youth.


Our biggest strength is our young demography. Therefore, it will be a huge advantage to arouse the passion of our youth towards strategic thinking and national security. The book, National Security Challenges: Young Scholars’ Perspectives is an unprecedented and hugely successful endeavor in the above direction. A wide range of topics discussed in the book will not only be of interest to the informed readers but will also give an idea to the policymakers towards better policy orientation. The book will indeed boost the morale of university students to actively participate in such endeavors. The Armed Forces will also stand to gain substantially some very original ideas. 
- General N C Vij, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM (Retd), Former Chief of the Army Staff, Indian Army and Former Vice-Chairman, NDMA

The iconic Field Marshal was the architect of an unprecedented and historic victory by the Indian Armed Forces. To commemorate his abiding interest in national security and strategy, CLAWS endeavor to create awareness among young Indian university students on these aspects by starting a pan India annual essay competition is indeed laudable. It has brought forth overwhelming responses resulting in a compilation of some very thought-provoking articles in the form of this publication. 
- General Deepak Kapoor, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM (Retd), Former Chief of the Army Staff, Indian Army

Strategic culture refers to how citizens perceive, think, live, and engage in the security challenges confronting the country. It is best imbibed by the youth who presently are enamored by half-baked social media inputs. There is a need to foster serious study, contemplation, and inquiry. The Field Marshal Manekshaw Essay Competition does just that. We need to ‘catch 'em young’ to foster a strategic culture among our citizens. The quantum jump of entrants in just one year bodes very well for this much-needed competition.

- Lt. General Zameer Uddin Shah, PVSM, SM, VSM (Retd), Former Deputy Chief of the Army Staff, Indian Army, and Former Vice-Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University, India.

About the Editors

Colonel Ramandeep Singh Sandhu is a Gunner Officer from the 9 Para Field Regiment. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC). He is presently a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS). He is a Paratrooper and an Aviator who has also been awarded the COAS Commendation Card. He has served in various appointments and has been an avid writer from a young age. He has a keen interest in National and International politics as has been a Topper of his course in his graduation.

Dr. Manjari Singh is Associate Fellow at Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) and she obtained her doctorate from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi for her thesis on Sustainable Development in Jordan: A Study of Social, Economic and Environmental Dimensions. Dr. Singh is a Ryochi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Fellow and specializes in the Middle East, Sustainable Development, and Non-Traditional Security (NTS). Her research papers have appeared in various international peer-reviewed SCOPUS indexed journals. She has co-authored Persian Gulf 2018: India’s Relations with the Region (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan) and has co-edited Islamic Movements in the Middle East: Ideologies, Practices, and Political Participation (New Delhi: Knowledge World). She also serves as Assistant Editor of Contemporary Review of the Middle East (Sage Publications) and Former Managing Editor of CLAWS Journal (KW Publishers).

Commissioning Organization: Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi, India

Publisher: Pentagon Press, New Delhi, India

ISBN-13: 978-93-90095-04-9

Date/Month of Launch: July 2020

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